About the Director

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Arthur DeGroatArthur S. DeGroat

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), U.S. Army
Director of Military Affairs
Kansas State University

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Art De Groat is the Director of Military Affairs at Kansas State University, located in Manhattan, Kansas. In this capacity he supports all University military programs, directs military community relations and develops new partnerships and relationships with the local, regional and national military. Prior to this assignment he served for an unprecedented 6 years as Kansas State’s Professor of Military Science and Head of the Military Science Department and Army ROTC program where he led the program to the top performance ranking in the Nation and was selected as runner-up for the best Professor of Military Science in the country .

Lieutenant Colonel De Groat had served 22 years on active duty as an Armor Officer in the United States and abroad in support of the Cold War, Major Regional Contingency Operations in Southwest Asia and the Global War on Terrorism earning him a Legion of Merit award. Highlighting his military career was his command of an Abrams tank company in combat during Operation Desert Shield and Storm earning him a Bronze Star Medal and the Valorous Unit Award for the liberation of Kuwait. He had served in a myriad of diverse assignments including combat trainer, doctrine writer, warfighting concept developer, and operations officer for large, mechanized units. He had published an innovative special textbook on modern warfighting techniques employing digital command and control systems, as well as numerous articles in profession journals. Additionally, he had served on strategic “think tank” groups for two former Army Chiefs’ of Staff; was an operational “wargamer” for the Secretary of Defense’s Revolution in Military Affairs program; as well as serving as Special Assistant to the Army’s Chief of Armor and Cavalry for over two years.

His formal education includes a Master’s Degree in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State University where he was selected as the Distinguished Graduate Student of the College of Education; A Masters of Military Arts and Science Degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and a Bachelors of Science in Political Science from Seton Hall University where he was designated a Distinguished Military Student. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership at Kansas State University.

He serves actively in the Association of the United States Army as the president of the Fort Riley-Central Kansas Chapter, Vice President of the Flint Hills Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and the Flint Hills Veterans Coalition, Rotary International, and 4 other regional and national military service organizations. He is a member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Honor; recipient of the Bronze Medallion of the Fraternal Order of Saint George and recipient of the 2010 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) LTG Robert Forman Award for Distinguished Service; and a Fort Riley Distinguished Trooper.

He resides in Manhattan, Kansas.