University names director of military affairs office


Joyce Busch. Courtesy WMU

The new director of the Office of Military and Veteran Affairs at a university in the region has more than 25 years of experience in the military, education and management.

Western Michigan University said last month that it has named Joyce Busch to the role.

The role

The military and veteran affairs office at WMU provides support for veterans, service members and family members to create a smooth transition from service to student.

As director, Busch said she hopes to combine her background in the military with her teaching experience to benefit the student soldiers and veterans attending WMU.

“These vets and their families have made extraordinary sacrifices, and Western has a demonstrated history of taking care of their military students,” Busch said. “I’m honored to be part of that tradition.”

Established in 2009, WMU’s Office of Military and Veteran Affairs offers a range of services: disability; financial; career counseling; assistance with students called to active duty; obtaining GI Bill benefits; and providing a lounge for military and veteran students.

“She’s well aware of the needs that current, reservist and dependent military members have,” said Randy Ott, director of the Center for Academic Success Programs, WMU. “Her positive attitude and unwavering commitment to help students make her a wonderful addition to WMU.”

Varied background

Busch recently served as a facilitator at the University of Phoenix, where she implemented a curriculum for a cultural diversity class in collaboration with other staff members, as well as academic and diversity advisors.

Her military background includes a number of leadership roles and staff positions during her 27 years in the U.S. Army.

While serving in the roles, Busch oversaw numerous responsibilities: administrative functions, planning, training, budgeting and conducting operations.

With active military experience by being deployed to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Bahrain, Busch earned the rank of colonel and still serves in the Army Reserves.

Her background also includes working with Chrysler Corporation and a leading information technology contractor for government agencies.


Busch holds a bachelor’s in French and German from the U.S. Military Academy and a master’s in elementary education teaching from Western Governor’s University, as well as a teaching certification in the state of Virginia and two military-related degrees.

Currently, Busch is working toward earning a doctorate degree in public policy and administration.

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