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Director, Veterans Outreach & Recruiting
I am an example of what we often term a non-traditional student. I attended Angelo State University in west TX as an athlete out of high school. After two years, short on money, I enlisted for three years with the Army and then returned to Angelo State University to complete my undergraduate degree in Kinesiology while also receiving an Air Force officer commission. After completing another 21 years with the Air Force, living in 12 states and spending time in 32 countries, I hung up the uniform and moved the family to Nashville. While in the Air Force, I completed graduate degrees in Aeronautical Science and Military Science. Following my military service, I served as an Associate Dean of Students and Director of Veteran Services at Lipscomb University. Service is in my DNA and I had the privilege to be appointed to serve on the TN Governor’s Council for Military, Veterans and Families for two years. Following my tenure with Lipscomb, I accepted a position as Senior Vice President of Operations and Sales for a Global Manufacturing company based in Nashville. Even though the corporate sector was a rich educational experience, I found myself missing the collegiate environment, relationships and interactions with students, faculty and staff. I made the decision to relocate to Maryville, TN to be closer to family members while pursuing higher education opportunities. Eventually, a wonderful opportunity presented itself on a beautiful campus with a rich history and deep seeded values…and here I am.
If your goal is obtain the best possible education, be challenged, be actively engaged with faculty members, professionally networked, all while experiencing a beautiful 263 acre campus at the base of the Smokey Mountains, this is the ideal setting for you. Most of us leaving service to attend college desire a more manageable campus footprint, easy access to faculty, staff & resources; all while in a veteran-friendly and supportive environment.