The Ivy League Veterans Council

The Ivy League Veterans Council

  • A 501(c)3 (awaiting) organization founded in 2015 to study, address and resolve under-representation by U.S. military veterans in the student populations of elite academic institutions.

  • We advocate for:
    • Undergraduate recruitment of military veterans

    • Campus integration and academic growth

    • Networking and post-graduation success

  • Council meetings occur three times per year and are chaired by a constituent university's student veteran organization.


Staff Leadership

 

The council is led by a staff of veterans and alumni who volunteer their time to oversee the ILVC's nonprofit administration.

 
Peter Kiernan President & Founder Peter James Kiernan is a student of Columbia University’s School of General Studies and founder of the Ivy League Veterans Council. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps the day after his eighteenth birthday. During his six years of active duty service, Peter was reviewed through the arduous and highly selective Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC). Upon his selection he became the youngest operator and Marine Raider in the history of MARSOC. His accomplishments and professional duties included becoming a Scout Sniper, fluent linguist and free-fall qualified. Peter deployed to Afghanistan where he earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Commendation Medal and Meritorious Commendation. At Columbia University in addition to remaining on the Dean’s list, Peter is a division I varsity athlete and was an elected leader of the student veteran organization. He currently focuses his efforts with the Ivy League Veterans Council which aims to get a proportional number of veterans into elite schools.

Peter Kiernan
President & Founder

Peter James Kiernan is a student of Columbia University’s School of General Studies and founder of the Ivy League Veterans Council. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps the day after his eighteenth birthday. During his six years of active duty service, Peter was reviewed through the arduous and highly selective Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC). Upon his selection he became the youngest operator and Marine Raider in the history of MARSOC. His accomplishments and professional duties included becoming a Scout Sniper, fluent linguist and free-fall qualified. Peter deployed to Afghanistan where he earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Commendation Medal and Meritorious Commendation. At Columbia University in addition to remaining on the Dean’s list, Peter is a division I varsity athlete and was an elected leader of the student veteran organization. He currently focuses his efforts with the Ivy League Veterans Council which aims to get a proportional number of veterans into elite schools.

Andrew H. Miller Vice President of Operations & Co-founder Andrew Hansen Miller is an MFA (nonfiction writing) candidate at Columbia University in the city of New York. He served as a captain in the US Army and deployed to Afghanistan as an infantry company fire support officer and aviation squadron S2. He was honorably discharged in 2012, after 6 years of active duty, having been awarded the Combat Action Badge, Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon (3 stars), and the Bronze Star Medal (meritorious; 1 OLC). He is the managing editor of Columbia's online literary journal, a Chair's Fellowship recipient, program coordinator for Syracuse University's Moral Injury Project, and the former deputy director of Clear Path for Veterans, Inc.

Andrew H. Miller
Vice President of Operations & Co-founder

Andrew Hansen Miller is an MFA (nonfiction writing) candidate at Columbia University in the city of New York. He served as a captain in the US Army and deployed to Afghanistan as an infantry company fire support officer and aviation squadron S2. He was honorably discharged in 2012, after 6 years of active duty, having been awarded the Combat Action Badge, Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon (3 stars), and the Bronze Star Medal (meritorious; 1 OLC).

He is the managing editor of Columbia's online literary journal, a Chair's Fellowship recipient, program coordinator for Syracuse University's Moral Injury Project, and the former deputy director of Clear Path for Veterans, Inc.

Alexander McCoy Vice President of Strategy & Co-founder Alexander served six years in the United States Marine Corps, deploying as an embassy guard to Saudi Arabia, Honduras, and Germany. He separated in 2013 at the rank of Sergeant. Following his honorable discharge, he worked as a paid communications staff member for a gubernatorial campaign, co-authoring the campaign's veterans policy platform. He co-founded High Ground Veterans Advocacy, a non-profit political advocacy organization, which successfully passed legislation helping veterans with PTSD through the United States Congress. His writing on veterans issues and foreign policy had appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, Reuters, Task & Purpose, Huffington Post, and the Journal of Political Risk. He currently attends Columbia University, studying political science.

Alexander McCoy
Vice President of Strategy & Co-founder

Alexander served six years in the United States Marine Corps, deploying as an embassy guard to Saudi Arabia, Honduras, and Germany. He separated in 2013 at the rank of Sergeant. Following his honorable discharge, he worked as a paid communications staff member for a gubernatorial campaign, co-authoring the campaign's veterans policy platform. He co-founded High Ground Veterans Advocacy, a non-profit political advocacy organization, which successfully passed legislation helping veterans with PTSD through the United States Congress. His writing on veterans issues and foreign policy had appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, Reuters, Task & Purpose, Huffington Post, and the Journal of Political Risk. He currently attends Columbia University, studying political science.

Mike Connolly Vice President of Communications Mike is a political speechwriter, Director of Communications for Veterans4Diplomacy, and a member of the Truman National Security Project's Defense Council. He works full time as the Director of Military and Veteran Affairs for the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland-College Park. He also served two tours in Iraq as an Army Infantryman.

Mike Connolly
Vice President of Communications

Mike is a political speechwriter, Director of Communications for Veterans4Diplomacy, and a member of the Truman National Security Project's Defense Council. He works full time as the Director of Military and Veteran Affairs for the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland-College Park. He also served two tours in Iraq as an Army Infantryman.

Graham Patterson Vice President of Finance & Co-founder Graham Patterson is the Director of Finance for ILVC. He served 6 years in the United States Marine Corps as a helicopter engine mechanic and Marine Embassy Security Guard. After his enlistment, he began an undergraduate degree program at Columbia University, where he intends to major in Middle Eastern Studies. 

Graham Patterson
Vice President of Finance & Co-founder

Graham Patterson is the Director of Finance for ILVC. He served 6 years in the United States Marine Corps as a helicopter engine mechanic and Marine Embassy Security Guard. After his enlistment, he began an undergraduate degree program at Columbia University, where he intends to major in Middle Eastern Studies.