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Charles B. "Chuck" Gross

Charles B. “Chuck” Gross, formerly deputy director of Hanscom Air Force Base's Family Support Center in Hanscom, Mass., is director for military education at Western Carolina University.

Gross is serving as the primary contact for recruitment and support of military students, providing advisement for students enrolled in WCU's distance education programs and advising distance education program directors on evaluating military education and training for transfer credit.

Gross has more than 16 years experience as a supervisor, manager, leader and adviser with the U.S. Air Force. Prior to his duties at the Family Support Center, he served as an antiterrorism/force protection adviser in Ankara, Turkey, where he teamed with U.S. State Department regional security officials to write emergency action and evacuation plans affecting U.S. citizens.

He also worked as faculty superintendent at Kadena Air Base Non-Commissioned Officer Academy in Okinawa, Japan, where he taught leadership and management, communications and military studies.

Gross has experience with both traditional and non-traditional teaching and learning formats, having taught in classroom settings while completing coursework in bachelor's and master's programs via online courses.

“WCU is committed to serving military students wherever they may be located,” said Pat Brown, dean of WCU's Division of Educational Outreach. “Our online options for course and degree completion are well-suited to serve students who need a flexible instructional format.”

Gross earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., and is scheduled to graduate with a master's degree in business administration from Liberty in December. He also graduated with honors from formal military professional development courses, where he received a distinguished graduate and academic achievement award.

“I am delighted to be working with Dr. Brown and the Division of Educational Outreach to help military members reach their educational goals,” Gross said.

“No group is more deserving of a high-quality education. I intend to make our service members fully aware of Western's unique programs, and to make WCU the automatic choice for military students serving in North Carolina and throughout the world.”

Gross will develop relationships with military installations, the branches of the military and programs supported by the Department of Defense. He will coordinate program requests from the military, work with military contracts available through private and defense sectors, and serve as WCU's representative on the state's Troops to Teachers Advisory Board.

For more information on enrolling in Western's distance education programs as a military student, contact Gross at (828) 227-7397, toll free at (800) 928-4968, or via e-mail at cgross@email.wcu.edu.

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