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MCEC Announces Transition of Chairman of the Board of Directors

HARKER HEIGHTS – Today, the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) announced a change in its board of directors, with retired Air Force Gen. William Fraser replacing retired Army Gen. Ben Griffin as chairman.  Gen. Fraser assumed the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors on May 1, 2016.

During his almost seven years as chairman, Gen. Griffin played a fundamental role in the development and growth of MCEC as a global nonprofit organization focused exclusively on the well-being and needs of America’s approximately four million military and veteran-connected children, specifically in the areas of academic opportunity and excellence, school transition support, and developmental needs.

Gen. Griffin served nearly 40 years in the United States Army, commanding at every level from Infantry Platoon Leader in the 82nd Airborne Division to Commanding General Army Materiel Command. Shortly after his retirement from the Army, he continued his lifetime of service to this country and it’s military by serving as chairman of MCEC’s Board of Directors.

“We can’t thank General Griffin enough for his years of dedicated, faithful and selfless service, to MCEC and our country,” said Dr. Mary M. Keller, MCEC president and chief executive officer. “He made special contributions to the growth and stability of this organization. His leadership, guidance and, above all, commitment to children, are deeply appreciated.”

Gen. Fraser is a proven strategic leader and a highly decorated officer who served as one of nine Combatant Commanders as well as the Air Force Vice Chief. During 40 years of service, he held a variety of demanding command and staff positions. He has led large-scale, diverse, global organizations where he earned a stellar reputation as a motivational leader, strategic thinker, and change agent who delivered solutions to the most complex challenges.

“On behalf of our Board of Directors and the entire MCEC community, we warmly welcome General Fraser and we look forward to the course he will set,” said Dr. Keller.  John Ballantyne, MCEC senior vice president and chief operating officer said, “His years of service and experience in diverse command and leadership positions will bring benefits to MCEC as an organization and to the military and veteran-connected children we serve.” 

The Military Child Education Coalition serves the children of those who serve us all and encourages efforts that strengthen our military children and ensure opportunities for their quality education.