Gary Harrah is a retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant with 23 years of service, and served as the National Director, Military and Veteran Partnerships for the University of Phoenix where he has held several positions since his retirement from the military in 2004. Gary is a product of the Air Force voluntary education system and holds two Associate Degrees from the Community College of the Air Force; a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education, with dual minors in Criminal Justice and Instructional Techniques and Principles, from Wayland Baptist University; a Master of Science in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University; and a Master of Business Administration with emphasis on Human Resource Management from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Harrah has also completed all coursework towards a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership and is currently completing his dissertation.

Gary is also the current President of the National Association of Institutions for Military Education Services (NAIMES), as well as a past president of the Council for Military Education - Washington State (CMEWS) (Washington ACME).