Alumni Tale: Andrew Corrow ’92, ’03G

What did you study at UNH?

English, College of Liberal Arts and Public Administration, Carsey School of Public Policy

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

One year after graduation, in December 1992, I was serving in the United States Army as a Medical Platoon Leader in an armor (tanks) battalion at Fort Riley, Kansas. I was responsible for a group of EMTs/Medics, PAs and physicians and associated medical vehicles and equipment. Our responsibility was to evacuate combat casualties back to the next echelon of medical care for more definitive medical treatment.

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

Five years after graduation I was serving as a Medical Operations Officer in a Medical Evacuation Battalion at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The unit consisted of wheeled vehicles and rotary wing (helicopters) aircraft. Our units responsibility was to evacuate combat casualties back to the next echelon of medical care for more definitive medical treatment.

What were you doing 10 years out of college?

Ten years after graduation the United States Army sent me to a graduate program. As a Medical Operations Officer, I was accepted into a fully funded program called Long-Term Health Education and Training (LTHET) Program. I chose to attend…you guessed it, UNH. My family and I moved from North Carolina to attend graduate school. In 2001 I started an MPA program. I graduated in 2003. I was then posted to the hospital at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. I was the Director of Human Resources for the hospital.

What are you doing now?

I retired from the U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel. I briefly worked for the U.S. Army as a civilian employee. Soon after retiring I found my passion; volunteering. Since that time I have been President of the Durham-Great Bay Rotary Club. I am the Commander of the Lee Memorial VFW Post 10676. I served 7 years on the Durham Planning Board; 4 as Chair or Vice Chair. I have served on numerous other Town boards, committees, and commissions. I work weekly at the St. Thomas More Food Pantry. I have been active in UNH Alumni activities; serving on the Class of 1992 Reunion Committee and am active in the Seacoast Network. I am also currently serving as a Town of Durham Town Councilor.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

I enlisted in the U.S. Army directly after high school. I did not want to go to school immediately but I knew that I would eventually come back to UNH. My father worked at UNH for nearly 40 years so I spent much of my childhood on or around campus. After raising 9 children my mother went back to UNH for her Masters. UNH impacted me long before I even attended University! After I left the Army I enrolled at UNH. I always say I bleed blue and white so UNH was the only school I applied to. I loved my time at UNH as an undergrad and made lifelong friends; many I still see on a regular basis. When I was accepted into a fully-funded Masters program I only wanted to come back home to UNH. After running around the globe for about 25 years my wife and I made the decision to retire in Durham. She is a WSBE ’94 grad. We love the community. UNH gave me a wonderful education at the undergrad and masters levels. That education was instrumental in advancing my career. As a result, I was promoted early twice. UNH has had a tremendous impact on my professional and personal life (I met my wife at UNH! :). Both my daughters also attend UNH. One as an Anthropology major and one as a Musical Theater major.

Why do you believe in UNH?

I believe in UNH because it has been a part of my life since I was born. As one of the premier state institutions in the country, graduates leave UNH with the requisite skills to be successful in any endeavor or career they choose. The University is chock-full of caring faculty that care about their students and their success. I found that for myself and am seeing that in my two daughters. There are faculty that both my daughters look up to as mentors. I found that same experience. As a matter of fact, I still have lunch with two of my mentors every month. I have know them for 28 years. How can you not believe in an institution that has had that much of an impact on you both personally and professionally.

Andrew is on the steering committee for the Seacoast alumni network.