About the Executive Director
Arthur S. DeGroat
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), U.S. Army
Director of Military Affairs
Kansas State University
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), Arthur De Groat is the founder and executive director of the Office of Military and Veteran’s Affairs at Kansas State University, located in Manhattan, Kansas. In this capacity he provides strategic institutional policy development; directs all University military-related education, research and outreach service programs; creates and stewards external relations and partnerships with national, regional and military organizations; and serves as the senior advisor to the University president and cabinet regarding this unique enterprise. Prior to this assignment he served as Kansas State University’s Head of the Military Science Department where he led the Army ROTC program to the top performance ranking in the Nation and was recognized by the U.S. Army as the best Professors of Military Science.
Art De Groat had served a 22-years career as an active duty Armor Officer in the U.S. 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 for career service. Highlighting his military career was command of an Abrams tank company in combat during Operation Desert 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, concept developer, and operations officer for large, mechanized units. He had written an innovative textbook on military operations enabled by digital command and control systems, as well as numerous articles in profession military journals. He had served on several 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.
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 a doctorate candidate in educational leadership at Kansas State University with research emphasis of post-service transition and reintegration of Post 9/11 era veterans. He recently self-published a definitive white paper entitled, “Looking Critically at Reintegration of Post-9/11 Era Veterans” that was lauded by a former Secretary of Defense and two Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
He serves in leadership positions within a myriad of professional military and veteran service organizations. He serves as board member on the Kansas State University Institute for Health & Security of Military Families and is an advisory board member to The All Glory Project, a national non-profit organization promoting equine assisted therapy for wounded veterans operated by actor William and Elizabeth Shatner; En Garde Arts nationally touring veterans documentary theatrical production of Basetrack Live ; advisor to Carole Hyatt’s New York City-based Mission:Getting To Next women veterans transition workshops and the Los Angeles-based Sports Academy Foundation providing disabled veteran’s sports performance training. He is a member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Honor; recipient of the Military Order of World Wars Patrick Henry Silver Medallion for exceptional public service to veterans, Bronze Medallion of the Fraternal Order of Saint George, the 2010 Association of the United States Army LTG Robert Forman Award for Distinguished Service to the Military and a Fort Riley Distinguished Trooper. He consults professionally as principal with Invictus Consulting LLC to assist business and government executives create value and help bring institutional vision into operation. He resides in Manhattan, Kansas.