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Johnny Green

Director of the Veterans Resource Center
Office of Undergraduate Studies

Johnny Green is the director of the Veterans Resource Center and an alumnus who received both his undergraduate and doctorate degrees from Auburn. His professional career includes being employed by Alabama Gas Corporation and the Legislative Fiscal Office. At Auburn, Green has been employed as an assistant professor of political science, director of the Center for Diversity and Race Relations, vice president for Access, Outreach and Community Initiatives, Dean of Students and a development officer. Recently, Green was appointed a member of the State Service Commission by Gov. Bentley.

1. What originally brought you to Auburn?

I first came to Auburn as a student athlete. I returned to Auburn in 1994 as a graduate student and was subsequently hired on faculty in 1998. I have served in various administrative roles, from interim director for the Office of Minority Advancement (before it was the Office of Multicultural Affairs) in 1999, to becoming the founding director of the student Veterans Resource Center in 2010.

2. Why is the Veterans Resource Center an important part of Auburn's campus?

The Auburn University Veterans Resource Center is a centralized resource that is easily accessible and available to all veterans and their families. AUVRC is dedicated to providing support to veteran students and to identifying academic resources, financial advisement and professional, personal and career development services designed to equip students with the skills necessary to achieve their educational and professional goals. The Veteran Resource Center devotes timely and comprehensive support to current and former military service members, including eligible dependents, by collaborating with Veterans Administration representatives, the university community and civilian-advocate organizations.

Our goal is to ensure that veterans achieve their educational and career goals in a supportive environment with adequate and appropriate resources and support staff. The center provides veterans the essential components in general academic support services, peer counseling, culturally relevant support programs, outreach, student clubs, wellness or access to training in assistive computer technology. Veterans can also take advantage of other student services, which include financial aid, counseling services, disability services and accommodations and much more. We are a team of dedicated professionals, many who are veterans ourselves, who have an interest in veterans' success. Our goal is to help student veterans accomplish their academic mission, which is to complete their college degree program and successfully graduate.

3. What is the Yellow Ribbon program and how does it affect students?

In a nutshell, the Yellow Ribbon program allows institutions of higher learning to partner with the Veterans Administration to partially or fully fund the out-of-state portion of a student's tuition. The amount that a school agrees to pay toward a non-resident veteran's tuition bill is matched dollar for dollar by the VA. Some schools choose to pay one-half of the out-of-state portion of the tuition bill, and when the VA matches the school's portion, the combination of the VA payment and the school's payment eliminates the out-of-state tuition costs, in essence making the student's tuition equal to that of an in-state student.

For the academic school year of 2014-15, Auburn has agreed to assist 50 fully matriculated Post 9-11 GI Bill undergraduate, non-resident students who meet the program qualifications and complete the Yellow Ribbon program application process. Auburn will contribute up to one-half of the cost of tuition per student per academic year to be applied to the unmet portion (out-of-state) tuition and fee costs. This amount will be matched by the VA, but the combined amount of the contributions under the Yellow Ribbon program may not exceed the amount of the total unmet charges.

4. What types of activities do you enjoy in your spare time?

I enjoy traveling, spending time with my family and reading.

5. What is your favorite place on Auburn's campus?

Toomer's Corner, on the side closest to Biggin Hall. I have lots of great memories there from my undergraduate days.

March 31, 2014