Dr. Kathryn M. Snead, Ph.D.

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Service Members Opportunity College, Department of Defense
Nominee:  Vincent Tinto

Snead serves as the President and Director of Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a consortium of national higher education associations and over 1850 institutional members. Prior to her appointment in the SOC senior leadership position in March 2004, Dr. Snead served SOC since 1995 in a number of capacities – as SOCAD Project Director, SOCMAR Project Director, and Senior Academic Consultant.

Higher Education and the military culture have been inseparable parts of Dr. Snead’s professional career for over twenty-five years. As the spouse of an Army careerist making frequent moves for military assignments, Dr. Snead’s administrative experiences in higher education occurred within institutions with large contingents of active-duty military students, veterans, and military family members. She has held various academic, counseling, and key administrative positions with the following colleges and universities: Armstrong Atlantic State University, Syracuse University, Georgia Southern University, Leeward Community College, and the University of Central Texas.

Kathryn earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in psychology and anthropology from Wake Forest University, a master’s degree in education with focus in counseling and college student personnel from the University of Georgia, and her docorate in higher education administration from Syracuse University.

Currently, Dr. Snead serves on the Secretary of Veterans Affair’s Advisory Committee on Education (appointed in 2007 for a two-year term), and the College Board’s College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Advisory Board.

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