The American Military Veterans Education Fund cabinet at Hodges University recently named Major General Mike Coyne (Ret.) as its new chair. The appointment takes effect immediately. Coyne succeeds Joseph Frazier, who remains as a member of the cabinet.
"I am honored to be able to serve with such outstanding men and women who believe, as I do, that we can never repay the debt to our young servicemen and women who voluntarily chose to serve their country at great sacrifice to their own interests,” said Coyne. “To assist them in obtaining a college education at Hodges University is the least we can do to express our gratitude. We are investing in the best that our nation has to offer and the return on that investment will be felt for generations."
General Coyne has a long distinguished career serving in the military. He began his military career in 1959 as an enlisted member of the New York Air National Guard. He was subsequently commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1962 and served on active duty from 1964 until 1967. Upon his release from active duty, Coyne served in Marine Corps Reserve units, holding command and staff billets of ever-increasing responsibility. He was promoted to the rank of major general in 1992. Coyne was appointed deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs/chief of staff in 1995. He has since retired from the military, and we are honored that Major General Coyne is a member of the American Military Veterans Education Fund cabinet.
Dr. Lou Traina, Vice President of University Advancement at Hodges, sees the appointment of Coyne as being very timely. “The mission of this cabinet is to help raise awareness and funds for the education of our returning veterans,” he said. “Just this past year, Hodges University saw a 77% increase in the number of veterans who are choosing Hodges for their educational goals. Of that total, nearly half were eligible for the maximum benefit from the new GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program. It is the goal of this cabinet to provide as much financial support as we can to all veterans who wish to attend Hodges. General Coyne has such a great passion for helping us to provide support for our veterans that he was eager to take over leadership of the cabinet. We’re honored to have such a distinguished hero serve as our chair.”