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Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D.
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Jon Derek Croteau is a senior partner at Witt/Kieffer, author of books on higher-education leadership, and an adjunct professor. His memoir, My Thinning Years, was published by Hazelden Publishing in September 2014.

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Men Get Eating Disorders Too

(4) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 6:37 PM

I was 5-foot-8 and 112 pounds. My cheeks sunk in, like the fish face I used to make when I was little. My arms were like thin, dead tree branches. My ribs emerged from my torso like a parrot's cage, convex and wiry. By the time I landed myself in...

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Starving the Gay Within

(1) Comments | Posted September 7, 2014 | 10:00 AM

When I began running in the late winter of 1995, I had no idea that I was launching a war -- on myself and my body. At first I couldn't even run a mile. I was never one of the fast ones when we took those fitness tests in high...

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Hope for Future Fathers of Gay Sons

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 11:13 AM

When I read in February about the harsh reaction college football star Michael Sam's father had to his son's coming out, I was reminded of the difficult experience of coming out to my own father almost twenty years ago.

"I don't want my grandkids raised in that kind of...

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Putting an End to Starving for Love

(3) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 2:35 PM

Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D., is a senior partner at Witt/Kieffer, author of books on higher education leadership, and an adjunct professor. He has focused much of his life advocating for access to higher education and LGBT youth and young adults. His memoir, My Thinning Years: Starving the Gay Within, will...

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An Appeal to LGBT Leaders: Be Bold and Believe

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 11:41 PM

I used to dream about being a college president. It was one of the ways I imagined making a difference in our world. Perhaps it was because education had such an impact on my own life. Teachers and professors supported me during trying times and guided me toward important truths...

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A Mother's Final Gift

(116) Comments | Posted January 13, 2013 | 11:23 AM

My father and I weren't speaking when my mother dropped dead from a pulmonary embolism on my 34th birthday, in the fall of 2009. I hoped to pretty much keep it that way, except for what minimal interactions were called for, for the sake of civility, at her funeral. Otherwise,...

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