During Veterans Day week, 18 retired military service members convened at Syracuse University for the Veterans Program for Politics and Civic Engagement (VPPCE), created exclusively for veterans and military family members pursuing public office or political careers. A collaboration between…
Whitman School Alumnus Millard Hall G’88 Joins Office of Veteran and Military Affairs Board
The Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA) has announced the addition of Millard “Mickay” Hall Jr., a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, to its advisory board. Hall also attended the U.S. Army Comptrollership program at the Whitman School, receiving an MBA in 1988.
Hall retired from the U.S. Army at the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1997 after 20 years of service in the Quartermaster Corps and as a comptroller. After the military, he worked for Coca-Cola as a project manager before being promoted to senior project manager overseeing supply management, order management and field operations. Initiatives he managed at Coca-Cola revolutionized the logistics process and reduced service costs by more than $1.5 million.
After Coca-Cola, Hall served as director of operations with media and marketing services company Valassis Communications Inc. He was named senior vice president of operations in 2011 and managed the bulk of Valassis’ direct-mail operations.
“Mickay has exceptional leadership and business experience that will help to strategically guide the OVMA to better serve our military-connected students and continue to make Syracuse University “the best place for veterans,” says Col. (retired) Ron Novack, OVMA executive director.
An Atlanta native and resident, Hall volunteers with the Atlanta Community Food Bank and works with the Syracuse University Regional Council in Atlanta.
Hall’s major assignments during his service include those with the 3rd Infantry Division and 24th Infantry Division as well as serving as deputy chief of staff for logistics, U.S. Army, NATO Allied Land Forces South-Eastern Europe and the deputy chief of staff for operations, U. S. Army.
Composed of leaders with diverse and deep levels of experience from the military, government, business, higher education and public service sectors, the OVMA Advisory Board provides advice and counsel to University leadership related to programs, initiatives and opportunities positioned to advance the educational aspirations of the University’s veteran and military-connected students.
Other board members include:
- Paul Dottle, board chair and former American Express executive vice president of global business services and parent of two Syracuse graduates, one of whom is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force
- Peggy Combs ’85, U.S. Army major general (retired), highest-ranking female military officer to graduate from Syracuse University
- Gary Ginsberg ’72, U.S. Army veteran, Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester volunteer and West Point Retired Soldier Council member
- Cydney Johnson ’77, G’96, executive director of state and local government relations at Syracuse University
- Jim Lee ’75, Syracuse graduate, author and son of U.S. Coast Guard veteran Harold Lee
- Ken Quaglio G’91, U.S. Army veteran and CEO of digital consulting firm Celerity
- LaVonda Reed, associate provost for faculty Affairs at Syracuse University, professor of law and the daughter of a military veteran
- Glenn Richardson G’89, U.S. Army veteran and noted industry leader, advisor, coach and executive consultant
- Mark Westervelt, vice president for software engineering/development management at Fidelity Investments and father of Syracuse University Army ROTC cadet Adam Westervelt ’18
The Office of Veteran and Military Affairs serves as Syracuse University’s single point of entry for all veteran and military-related programs and initiatives. Committed to being the “best place for veterans,” the office assists University stakeholders to support and empower veteran, military-connected and military family member students and employees who are veterans at the University.