Welcome Message From Director of Military and Veteran Student Success, Michael Kepner


Greeting Veteran Knights!!!

I am incredibly humbled and honored to be joining Knight Nation as the inaugural Director for Military and Veteran Student Success. I am beyond excited to be stepping into this role and look forward to working with our military, student veterans, and family members as we develop educational pathways for career success and achievements. My journey at UCF started 6 years ago, when I enrolled in a graduate program and has continued to grow throughout my time at the university. I could not be prouder than to continue my service to our military and veteran population while working at the greatest university in the Nation.

My goal is simple…to be the number 1 military friendly university in Florida and the Nation. We will achieve this by implementing the 8 Keys to Veterans’ Success and using those principles as our foundational guide to all we do at the University of Central Florida for our military, student veterans, and family members. You will see a change in our vision as we move from strictly focusing on academic pursuits to look more holistically at the total person. Our Military and Veterans Service team will lead conversations about your well-being focused on career opportunities while you are student and more importantly when you have graduated from this great University and can proudly call yourself an alum.

In the coming weeks and months, we will get to know each other as we discuss programming at UCF and opportunities within the community and our student organizations. As we chart a new course for academic affairs for student veterans at UCF, I invite all members of Veteran Knights to visit our website, follow us on social media, and more importantly come to the new and improved VARC for a conversation. Your viewpoint is important and is something I want to hear…stop by so we can discuss those views. This is going to be a team effort and I am deeply grateful to the entire team of Veteran Knights.

Again – it is an honor and a pleasure to join this team. The future is bright!!!

GO Knights!!! Charge ON!!!