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General BeckDonor Profile: Brigadier General (Retired)
Jerry Beck, Jr. ’75

Type of Gift

Impact Fund

Why do you give to Millersville?

Millersville provided me the foundation I needed for success. I grew up in a broken home with very little financial support. I was able to work on campus in many different places such as Gordinier dining hall and as a resident and later undergraduate assistant in the dormitories which helped pay my way through school. I am grateful for the many opportunities provided to me and now that I have the means to give back, it is my obligation to do so. I would love to be more involved with alumni activities but I just don’t have the time.  Giving to Millersville is my way in assisting today’s students in receiving the best education possible. I am very proud to be a Marauder!

How has your Millersville education made a difference in your life?

My involvement in campus activities as a student such as the radio station, student government, Delta Sigma Chi, the intra-fraternity council among many other activities taught me leadership, the importance of relationship building and collaboration, and cooperation all of which assisted me throughout my career and continue to assist me in my current assignment.

Please share highlights of your time here as students.

I was recently appointed Deputy Adjutant General for Veterans Affairs in the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.  I began my military career when I enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard as a private in 1977 after teaching high school German and Spanish for two years after graduation from Millersville.  I served in the Guard for 34 years, including two deployments, to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2002 and then to Kosovo as commanding general of the Multi-National Brigade in 2003.  I retired as the Deputy Adjutant General – Army for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in August 2011 and most recently served as the Deputy Garrison Commander for Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County.