Student Veterans

From the Military to the Classroom

Here are a few of our current undergraduate, graduate, and medical students who have served or continue to serve in the United States military.

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Nathan Lovejoy '16.5

United States Army
Intended Concentration:  Archaeology

Nathan grew up in Plainville, Massachusetts and graduated from King Philip Regional High School in 2005.  After high school, he served in the U.S. Army from 2006 to 2013.

After completing One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky to be a Cavalry Scout, Nathan was stationed at Fort Drum, New York.  He was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2006-2007, 2009-2010, and 2011-2012.  Nathan ended his time at Fort Drum as the Senior Scout of a Reconaissance Platoon.

Nathan chose Brown University for it's extensive Archaeology program and the multitude of opportunities that it offers.  He is currently involved with the Office of Student Veterans and Commissioning Programs as Student Coordinator.  He also works with Computer & Information Services as a PASS Program Coordinator.

Nathan plans to take advantage of the many study abroad opportunities available at Brown during both a semster and summer breaks.  He also plans to apply to graduate school after completion at Brown.

Matthew Ricci '15

United States Navy
Intended Concentration:  Political Science

Matthew Ricci, a native of upstate New York, is currently a student at Brown University concentrating in political science with ambitions to attend law school.  Upon completion of high school he enlisted in the United States Navy where he served from 2004 until 2009.  

After completing Naval recruit training in Great Lakes, Illinois and his occupational training, Matthew joined the USS Augusta (SSN 710) a United States submarine.  While aboard the USS Augusta he deployed worldwide supporting missions of national security.  He received numerous awards and commendations including the Navy and Marine Corps achievement medal for exemplary service and the Good Conduct medal. 

Matthew cites Brown University’s commitment and focus on undergraduate education, the open curriculum and the supportive intellectual environment, as his reasons for choosing Brown.  He believes that Brown’s welcoming environment, focused on intellectual development, underpins the success of its students.

On campus, he is currently involved as a Student Coordinator with the Office of Student Veterans and Commissioning programs.  Matthew also serves as the Vice-President of the Resumed Undergraduate Student Association and was previously a contributing interview associate for the Brown Political Review.  Off campus, Matthew enjoys spending time with his family, woodworking, hiking, biking, skiing and camping. 

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Philip Crean '15.5


United States Marines
Concentration:  Urban Studies

Phil grew up in Salisbury, Massachusetts and after moving to Georgia he graduated from Paulding County High School in 2005. Following high school he served in the United States Marine Corps from 2006 to 2009.

After recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina, he served primarily as an Artillery Cannoneer with 3rd Battalion 11th Marines Regiment stationed in Twentynine Palms California.  Philip was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006-2007 in the Al Anbar Province. Philip has also worked at the Marine Corps Base Twentynine Palms tax center during the 2008 tax season and as a Verifying official with ID cards and Benefits Office.

His biggest reasons for choosing Brown University over other institutions was the open curriculum and support network, including the Career LAB and the alumni network. After Brown, Phil plans work in urban public policy and planning. In his spare time Phil  likes to go camping, kayaking, cycling, fishing, and swimming.


Christopher M. Baker '09 GS '10 '16


United States Navy
Biotechnology Ph.D. Program

Christopher grew up in Warwick, RI and graduated from Bishop Hendricken High School in 1999. While in high school, he enlisted at the age of 17 and upon graduation entered into the U.S. Navy with time in service ranging from 1999-2005.

 Upon completion of Navy Nuclear Power Program, Christopher was stationed aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN-69 as a reactor operator in IKE’s Reactor Controls Division. During his time onboard, IKE underwent refueling complex overhaul from 2001-2005. Chris ended his time in the Navy as a qualified reactor operator and member of IKE’s Naval Reactors Operational Readiness Safeguards Exam drill team.  

Chris cites Brown University’s Resumed Undergraduate Education program as his main reason for choosing Brown after graduating from the Community College of Rhode Island in 2007. He believes that the RUE program gave him unprecedented opportunity to enter the traditional Ivy League culture with such a non-traditional background.  He believes Brown’s collaborative research with the VA to assist disabled war veterans exemplifies the type of work he wishes to pursue. Upon receiving his Sc.B. in Biology in 2009, he remained for a 5th year to obtain his Sc.M. in the Artificial Organs, Biomaterials and Cellular Technologies program. Chris is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the new Biotechnology program and intends to graduate in 2016.

On campus, Chris along with three other veterans founded what is today known as the Brown University Student Veterans Society in 2008 with the hope that it would lead to an increased veteran presence on campus along with greater understanding of veteran’s issues and life experiences.  His ultimate goal was to propagate a constructive dialogue between traditional Brown students and Brown student veterans.  Off campus, Chris is an active Assistant Scoutmaster for a local Boy Scout Troop, he enjoys hiking and camping as well as cooking indoors and out.


 William ManghamWilliam ManghamWill Mangham MD '16

United States Marines Corps
Concentration: Neurosurgery

Will Mangham is a native of Mobile, Alabama. He is a member of the MD Class of 2016 at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Will completed his undergraduate studies at the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated in 2004 with a degree in English. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and attended training at The Basic School and the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course.

Will’s first assignment was as an Artillery Forward Observer with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, with whom he deployed to Afghanistan in 2006. There, he served in Operation Mountain Lion and helped to establish the first permanent outpost in Kunar Province’s Korengal Valley. After returning from Afghanistan, Will was again assigned to 1st Battalion, 3d Marines and served as the Weapons Company Executive Officer. He planned and implemented the company’s pre-deployment training program and was the chief of operations for the 150-Marine infantry company during a seven-month deployment to the Haditha area in Iraq’s Al Anbar Province. During this deployment, Weapons Company played an essential role in the “surge” effort to stabilize Anbar Province in 2007. Upon returning from Iraq in late 2007, Will took command of Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines. He commanded the unit consisting of 250 Marines and Sailors in diverse combat and support roles (including medical personnel, military working dog teams, and convoy escort personnel) during a deployment to Al Anbar Province in 2008-2009.

Will is proud of his background as a veteran, and feels his classmates and instructors value the unique perspective this allows him to bring to the classroom and the hospital wards. He is thrilled to be a medical student at Brown with access to a rich array of clinical experiences, superb mentors, and research opportunities. After graduating, he plans to pursue a career as a neurosurgeon.