Peter C. Kinney III Chief of Staff Office: President Campus: Old Westbury
Member of NYIT Since: 2011
Serving students is a job that Chief of Staff Peter C. Kinney III is deeply passionate about. As a retired lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Army, he leads an NYIT effort to connect veterans with educational opportunities to fulfill their career goals.
According to Kinney, veterans bring a unique sense of maturity and leadership to the classroom and add a great deal to the NYIT community. He says his experience in the U.S. Army shaped him immensely as a professional, allowing him to become "more accepting of a wide variety of people." This characteristic comes in hand as he works within the NYIT community and around the world to drive the growth and quality of the university.
Supporting the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is an important part of his efforts. He says an NYIT education will give veteran students the best chance of finding a job and advancing in the civilian sector. Kinney, who used the G.I. Bill to complete his second master's degree, understands that for many veteran students who have families, there is usually more than one person involved in the college decision. Therefore, he encourages veterans to seek out the many services and resources available at NYIT, including financial aid, housing, credit for prior learning, and activities in the NYIT Veterans Club.
Kinney's advice to veteran students: "You need to know what you want to be and then invest in college as the means to that end."
In addition to his military background, Kinney has more than 20 years of experience in security operations and program management in the Middle East, and the construction and real estate industries in New York City. He has degrees from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Harvard University, and Long Island University, and won a Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq.