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Joseph Behrendt

United States Army
M.Ed. Candidate, Class of 2023
Peabody College of Education and Human Development

“The Bass Military Scholars Program is an amazing opportunity to help bridge the gap between the military and civilian sectors, while also providing a mechanism to expand one’s sphere of influence in a positive, productive manner for the community.”

Tell us about your military service. What did you do? Where did you serve? What do you value the most about your military service?

I served as an Airborne Rifle Infantry Company Commander in Chosen Company, 2-503D IN, 173rd IBCT (A), stationed in Vicenza, Italy. I also served in 3-187 IN, 3BCT, 101st ABN DIV (AASLT), based out of Fort Campbell, KY, in various leadership roles. Over the course of my military service, I have deployed to Afghanistan and Somalia in support of our national defense strategies. I valued the people over my 7+ years of service. It was a privilege to serve with so many incredible people that taught me valuable lessons in leadership, empathy, and the power of creating teams with a shared vision.

What are your thoughts on mentoring other students while at Vanderbilt? As a role model, what values do you want to share?

I am very excited to mentor other students at Vanderbilt and the greater Nashville community. I am most excited to describe my failures and pitfalls in the hopes that students may learn from my mistakes and apply the lessons learned to their growth and worldview. Empathy is the value I most want to share with students at Vanderbilt.

While at Vanderbilt, what will be the focus of your studies and how do you plan to use this knowledge in your future career?

I plan on pursuing a M.Ed. with a focus on Higher Education Administration. With the increased knowledge of higher educational theory and research, I will look for new ways to implement policies and practices at colleges that promote cultural contribution to the community and service to others.

What would you tell other veterans about the Bass Military Scholars Program?

The Bass Military Scholars Program is an amazing opportunity to help bridge the gap between the military and civilian sectors, while also providing a mechanism to expand one’s sphere of influence in a positive, productive manner for the community.