Marc Barker is the current manager of military and veteran programs and the Director of the Adult Learner & Veteran Services office at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. CSU has a veteran benefit enrollment population exceeding 1,400 students; and a military tuition assistance student population of 200 students. Marc is also currently the President of the National Association of Veteran Program Administrators (NAVPA). NAVPA is a professional higher education organization with a national membership exceeding 400 institutions of higher learning. NAVPA has a primarily mission of training veteran program administrators and school certifying officials. NAVPA and Marc are also significantly involved in shaping federal legislation regarding military and veteran students in higher education. Prior to arriving at CSU, Marc was the Director of the Fort Campbell, KY campus of Hopkinsville Community College (HCC). Prior to his time at Fort Campbell and Hopkinsville Community College, Marc was the Coordinator for Military and Veteran Programs at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA.
Throughout his career in higher education, Marc has been persistent in his advocacy for military and veteran students. Marc has provided testimony to the House and Senate Veteran Affairs Committee’s relative to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, and additional educational topics for military and veterans students. He has presented on veteran and military education topics for the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) National Symposium, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Annual Conference, the Department of Defense World Wide Education Symposium, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), and the Rocky Mountain Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (RMACRAO). Prior to his current appointment to the NAVPA Executive Board he served as the organizations national Legislative Director. Additionally, he has served on various community boards and panels dealing with military and veteran issues including the Kentucky/Tennessee Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), and the Larimer County (CO) Veteran and Workforce Advocacy Panel.
Marc has a BA degree in organizational leadership and a MA degree in adult education. His graduate education is a product of the VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program. Marc is a service-connected, medically retired, Army non-commissioned officer.