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Johnson Welcomes Vets as Part of Annual Military Preview Event

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With an ever-increasing enrollment of military veterans at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, the school recently welcomed a new group of distinguished prospective applicants on campus.

Johnson hosted 30 military veterans last month, part of its annual Military Preview event held each year on or close to Veteran’s Day.

Johnson Dean Mark Nelson welcomed them. “We are committed to maintaining and growing that proportion,” Nelson said. “Veterans bring a wealth of leadership experience and capability to Johnson and are a great fit to the culture of the school.”

Joining Dean Nelson was Eric Musser, an executive vice president and member of the management committee at Corning Incorporated. Musser’s began his career as a military member, graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He later served for five years in the United States Army Corp of Engineers in Korea and Ft. Belvoir, VA. From there, he went on to earn a master’s degree in computer science from George Washington University before officially joining Corning.

“You all fortunately are going to get a tremendous education from your time here at Johnson,” Musser said, sharing how he believes his military service contributed to his success in business and how an MBA would provide them with an add advantage.

“There’s a common attribute to all of this, and that is leadership. It’s incredibly important in the service, and it’s incredibly important in the business world as well.”

Johnson’s continuing efforts to recruit veterans is paying off, with former military making up 11 percent of the overall class in 2016, up from 7 percent in 2015.

Several of the prospective students took note of the school’s ramped-up interests during the event, including Robert LeClerc, who serves in the United States Navy Special Operations Command in Los Angeles.

“It’s a small school and it focuses a lot of attention on you and your development.” LeClerc said as part of an article on the Johnson website. “There are a lot of disciplines at the university that you can take advantage of and have access to.”

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