Jathan A. Chicoine currently serves as the Director of the Iowa State University Veterans Center, with a mission of strengthening the lives of Veterans, military personnel, their families and our community.
Jathan comes from Central Iowa and is a Veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served as a Navy SEAL. Following military service, Jathan traveled extensively through Europe and South America while developing language competencies in both French and Spanish. While completing his undergraduate and Master's degrees at the University of South Dakota, Jathan was highly active in student affairs, including serving as the USD student body president, working to revitalize the USD Veterans Club, and co-founding the first Veterans Resource Center in South Dakota, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.
In 2008, Jathan was appointed to serve on the U.S. Small Business Administration's Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs, a congressional committee in D.C. From 2009-2010, Jathan was deployed to Afghanistan as a civilian contractor where he served as the team lead of a new initiative, working with Joint Allied Forces.
As part of broader efforts at his current position at Iowa State University, Jathan also served several years as the chair to the Iowa Academic Council on Military Education and is currently serving on as the Veterans Liaison for the Council of Colleges of Military Educators. He has received recognition for his commitment to Veterans, including being named the 2016 Iowa Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year and receiving the 2016 M.J. Riggs Award for contributions and impact to the Iowa State University Memorial Union.
Jathan's life experiences and personal challenges reintegrating into the civilian world following military service have provided him a unique perspective as he serves as a Veteran's advocate and continues to work toward creating a better environment for those who have served us all as society. Along with his professional activities, Jathan is currently collaborating with others in developing models for self-sustainable farming and developing diverse ecosystems by restoring native prairie, oak savanna, and other native habitats on his farm through the help and management of a bison family herd.