Lowder Named Director of Military and Veterans Services
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan. 13, 2012) – Since his first visit to the University of Central Missouri in 1964, Charles Lynn Lowder has had a tremendous appreciation for the university – one that has brought him back to campus on many occasions as an inspirational speaker who has not only used his oratory skills to motivate student athletes but to publicly honor the men and women who serve this country. Beginning Jan. 30, the highly decorated military veteran who fought in Vietnam will be spending a lot more time at UCM as the new director of Military and Veteran Services.
“Lynn Lowder is a perfect fit for this position,” said Rick Sluder, vice provost for enrollment management at UCM. “He’s a proven leader who brings many years of experience as a former U.S. Marine to this new post along with vast experiences in business and law. His passion for helping others is also going to be a tremendous asset to our university.”
Lowder’s many duties as director will include administration of the new Military and Veterans Success Center, which officially opened on Veterans Day Nov. 11, 2011. Located in a space of about 1,500 square feet in Elliott Union 117, the facility allows the university to assist military and veteran students to be successful in their education by providing individual and group study areas, computer work stations, and dedicated staff. It also allows the university to assist veterans who want to transition from the military into civilian careers by furthering their college education. These are among the many opportunities Lowder embraces with great enthusiasm.
He pointed out that nationwide veterans often struggle to make the transition from military service to civilian life, and statistics show that only about 30 percent of the veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan War find work after leaving the service. Lowder hopes to show veterans UCM can make a difference.
“Our veterans need a place they can come to that is safe and secure and will help them get on with the next phase of their lives,” Lowder said. “We want to show them that UCM offers a wonderful environment where all servicemen and women will feel welcome and appreciated.”
He added, “I want to be able to make a difference in as many lives as I can, and there’s no better place to do it than UCM.”
Lowder began his higher education at Northern Illinois University, where he played football for three seasons. With a strong desire to serve his country, he left school after his junior year to join the Marines in 1967. In addition to learning valuable life lessons about leadership from his gunnery sergeant, he went on to continue his education and eventually complete a bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. This was followed by a juris doctorate in 1980 at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago.
As a Marine, Lowder rose from the rank of private to major, serving 10 years in the infantry. This included combat service with the First Force Reconnaissance Company as a long-range reconnaissance platoon-patrol leader in Vietnam in 1969. He also spent six years as judge advocate (criminal prosecution and defense) before leaving the Marines in 1983 to work in business and law.
Lowder today serves as chief executive officer and chief compliance officer at Everest, LLC, a company he founded with a friend in Naperville, Ill., in 2010. He is responsible for overall leadership, operational matters and legal compliance of this enterprise which focuses on steel products used in the construction industry.
Lowder’s previous experiences in business also include employment as executive vice president and general counsel for Mail Boxes, Etc., San Diego, Calif., 1998-2000; chief operations officer (COO) for Colt’s Manufacturing Co., Inc., (Colt Firearms) West Hartford, Conn., 2000-2002; and COO and chief compliance officer for Submarina, Inc., San Marcos, Calif., 2007-2010. He also spent five years as a senior litigator for DLA Piper, Chicago, focusing on commercial and securities litigation, and worked earlier in his career for firms that litigated numerous cases for diverse insurance company clients. In addition, he was a founding partner in a law firm, and worked for another firm as principal attorney in charge of business development.
His outstanding military service was recognized through honors that include the Silver Star medal for Valor, Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”, Navy Commendation Medal and Purple Heart.
In addition to numerous public speaking engagements, Lowder for the past 13 years has conducted leadership training at the Marine Drill Instructor School in San Diego, Calif.