Presidential Ambassadors

The Presidential Ambassadors program is a scholarship opportunity for students who display leadership skills and pride in being Lander students. These traits are gauged through an interview process and displayed by the student through high academic achievement. As the face of Lander University, the Presidential Ambassadors are often the first people one meets when visiting the school. The Presidential Ambassadors give tours to prospective students, welcome visitors who are attending performances, and work in the Office of Admissions. They are an exceptional group of students, and you can meet all of them on this page.

Jordan Beeler Jordan Beeler
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Aiken, SC
Major: Business Administration/ Healthcare Management

The first time I visited Lander I fell in love! I loved the beautiful campus, the close proximity of classes, the small class size and the caring, happy environment! As I discovered more about the business program and campus involvement, I knew for sure that this was the right school for me. After being here for a year I knew that I had made the right choice! I enjoy the feeling of community and that there is always someone new to meet. I look forward to the rest of my time and new experiences here at Lander.
Bryson Bouknight Bryson Bouknight
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Gaston, SC
Major: Nursing

I came to Lander because I knew I could succeed here. I thought I wanted a “big college experience”, but after touring Lander, I knew this was the right school for me. As a nursing major, in the top program in the state, I knew after my four years here I will be well prepared for my future and my career. Lander is my home away from home, and I’m proud to be a Bearcat!
Laura BrownLaura Brown
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Laurens, SC
Major: Graphic Design
After my first campus tour at Lander, I knew it was the university for me. I enjoy the close community experience that makes meeting new people easy. I appreciate how the professors here at Lander truly care about my grades and my future. I am not just another face lost in the crowd because they recognize me by name. I am a graphic design major and I feel that Lander has an incredible art program. Here I am able to broaden my knowledge and skills in multiple fields of art. Lander has opened many doors for me and I am excited to discover where my Lander education will take me.
Kerisha "Kay" Camack
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Winnsboro, SC
Major: Early Childhood Education
Hey there, I am Kerisha Camack, but everyone calls me “Kay.” My major is Early Childhood Education because I absolutely adore children. I am very passionate about education and the wellbeing of our younger generation. I am the oldest of two children, and I love boiled eggs and coffee. I love MY Lander, but it feels like home for me. There is always a smiling face that I can look forward to when I step on campus.
April ChaffinsApril Chaffins
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Gaston, SC
Major: English
At Lander, I’m involved in the Presidential Ambassador program and Lander’s Honor College. I work as a student worker in Lander’s Admissions office. Also, I was chosen to participate in the USC Washington Semester program, and spent a semester in Washington, DC. I chose to come to Lander because here I am a name, not a number. The professors truly care about their student, and want them to succeed. Lander has become my home and I’m proud to be a Lander Bearcat!
Brittany ColemanBrittany “BC” Coleman
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Abbeville, SC
Major: Business Administration / Healthcare Management
As I began my transfer process from Spartanburg Methodist College, I was looking for a new atmosphere that gave me the same family and close community feel. So my reason for choosing Lander was simple I loved everything about it; Student life, small classes, the family atmosphere, student teacher relationships, being close to home and having the opportunity to expand. Lander University allows student to use their experiences to address real world issues. This challenges us and prepares me for life after college.
Breanna CookBreanna Cook
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Lexington, SC
Major: Elementary Education
Hi, I'm Breanna and I am a senior Elementary Education major. I am a Presidential Ambassador, a member of the Blue Key Honor Society, a tutor in the Writing Center, and the president of the Lander chapter of Palmetto State Teachers Association. After graduating, I plan to teach at an elementary school. Lander is truly my home away from home and I am glad to be part of Bearcat Country! 
Megan d'Angelo
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Murrells Inlet, SC
Major: Visual Arts, Graphics Design
My name is Megan D’Angelo. I am from Murrells Inlet, SC. I chose Lander as my home because I felt loved as soon as I was welcomed, and they had amazing programs that I wanted to join! Lander has given me leadership opportunities around campus. I am currently vice president of committees for my sorority, Phi Mu. I was a 2014 EXPO leader and cheerleader for Lander’s basketball seasons. Another reason why I loved Lander is because of the resources they provide. I have dyslexia and needed a school I felt comfortable getting help from. I stayed at Lander for the amazing opportunities and great friends I have met along the way.
Hakeem DraytonHakeem Drayton
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Sumter, SC
Major: Sociology/Dance
I chose Lander because it has a small-class atmosphere. It has the major I always wanted, and I’m very happy to be a part of the Lander Dance Company, which I call my second family. I know Lander is the place to further my education and elevate me to the next stage in my life.
Brittany Ford
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Lake View, SC
Major: Mass Communications
Hi. I’m Brittany Ford, and I’m a sophomore at Lander University. I’m a mass communications major, and my future plans are to become a news anchor. I chose to come to Lander because of its small hometown environment, and they have great professors. At Lander, I am a Presidential Ambassador. I’m a member of the Mass Communications Organization. If I had to start all over again, I would choose Lander in a heartbeat.
Lauren FricksLauren Fricks
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Ware Shoals, SC
Major: Healthcare Management/Management/Marketing
Hey y’all! My name is Lauren Fricks and I am a business major emphasizing in healthcare management and management/marketing. I came to Lander because I loved the idea of a smaller college. Coming from a small school, I didn’t want to go somewhere huge. Since I’ve been at Lander, I have been involved in many organizations, such as: Presidential Ambassadors, Student Government Association, and Baptist Colligate Ministries. I have met so many wonderful people here at Lander. I thank God for allowing me to be a part of an amazing college!
Jolorian Gibert
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Anderson, SC
Major: Early Childhood Education
Hello! My name is Jolorian! This is my second year at Lander, and my major is early childhood education. During my college application process, there were two things that were very important to me in choosing my school. Those were, attending a school with a great education program, and attending a school not too far away from home. Lander was the perfect fit for me being my home away from home. From the campus environment to the great professors, I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.
Tyler GriffinTyler Griffin
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Greenville, SC
Major: History
I chose to come to Lander because of the small class sizes and the overall feel of the staff and the campus. I am very involved here on campus. I try to do a little bit of everything. I’m involved in Baptist Collegiate Ministry and Rotaract. My future plans are to go to law school and study international law so I can work with orphans.
Terrel GuinnTripp Guinn
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Elberton, GA
Major: Software Development
Hey everyone! I’m Tripp and I’m from Elberton, GA. I love meeting new people and making others laugh! My goal is to eventually know everyone on Lander’s campus, and be responsible for getting some to come to Lander. I also like long walks on the beach, and have a slight addiction to Skittles.
Clare Henry
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Aiken, SC
Major: Music Education
Hello! My name is Clare and I am a music education major. I came to Lander University because of the people I met at open house. Every student, teacher, faculty, and staff wanted to help me make a decision that was best for me. I am an active student at Lander. I sing in two ensembles on campus, University Singers and Old Main Singers. I also compete with the Equestrian Team and I’m a Presidential Ambassador. I stay at Lander because of the people and connections that I’ve made; Lander is my home and my family is here.
Victoria HemandezVicktoria Hernandez
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Lexington, SC
Major: Chemistry
Lander has so many opportunities; it’s sometimes hard to take advantage of them all! A small campus and close community made my decision to come to Lander easy. Being involved on campus is really important and allows you to get to know other students who are interested in the same things. Along with being a Presidential Ambassador, I am also a head Resident Assistant. I’m involved in Chi Sigma, and in many other organizations. Lander is overflowing with opportunities!
Corbin HuntleyCorbin Huntley
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Hendersonville, NC
Major: Business/Healthcare Management
Lander has opened many doors for me. I am a sister of Phi Mu and a Lander University Competition Cheerleader. I decided to come to Lander because I wanted to be involved and meet new people. I love the comforting feeling of knowing I can always get help on campus. I never have to go far to find someone willing to go out of their way to ensure that I have a great experience here at Lander University.
Alexis Nichelle Jackson
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Darlington, SC
Major: Pre-Nursing
Hey, my name is Alexis and I chose to attend Lander because of my desire to become a Neonatal Nurse. I felt the nursing program was the first step in the right direction to make that dream a reality. Being a student at Lander I was given a sense of belonging once I ventured out and got involved on campus. I hope that as a Presidential Ambassador I’m able to make your experience here at Lander a memorable one.
Daniel KeownDaniel Keown
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Honea Path, SC
Major: Business
Near the end of my senior year I attended an open house at Lander. The people directing us to where we needed to go were very energetic and welcoming and I loved that. I went on a tour led by Demario Watts and he was very knowledgeable regarding the campus and the university events. During that tour I knew this was where God wanted me to be and I’ve loved Lander ever since.
Kendrick KinardKendrick Kinard
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Greenville, SC
Major: Chemistry/Pre-Pharmacy
Hey! My name is Kendrick. I am a chemistry major with emphasis on pre-pharmacy. I chose Lander because I knew that the small student to teacher ratio would provide me with the opportunity to interact with my professors on a more personal level academically. I am also drawn by the spirit of unity expressed by my family of peers and faculty here at Lander.
Sarah Lynch
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Lake Wylie, SC
Major: Mass Communications
When I stepped foot on Lander’s campus for the first time, I knew it was the school for me. What really convinced me to come to Lander was that it is a big enough school to get involved, but a small enough school that I wouldn’t be just a number. I immediately became involved upon arriving on campus by becoming a sister of Zeta Tau Alpha. Now, as a Presidential Ambassador, I hope that I can share my love of Lander with all of the potential students that come through the admissions office doors.
Tori MajorTori Major
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Anderson, SC
Major: Nursing
I came for a tour at Lander during my senior year of high school, and I knew at that point that Lander was the school for me. Lander has an amazing nursing program that drew me in even more. I enjoy the small class sizes and being able to communicate with my professors at any time.
Mary Kate McgowanMary Kate McGowan
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Lexington, SC
Major: History/Chemistry
I chose Lander because of the small class sizes and great classroom environment. I also chose Lander because the professors are accommodating and for all the many opportunities that Lander has to offer. I’m Involved In the honors college, the blue key honor society, the Phi Alpha Theta history Honor Society, and I’m a Presidential Ambassadors. I work at Lander as a Fast Track mentor and tutor. I also intern in the history department for the teaching American history in the Lakelands program. After obtaining my degree from Lander, I plan to attend medical school and become a doctor.
Hannah MerrittHannah Merritt
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Piedmont, SC
Major: Nursing
I chose Lander because of the great nursing program. I love the size of the school and the many activities that Lander offers. I am a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and I love being here in Bearcat Country.
Janae MiddletonJa’Nae Middleton
Classification: Senior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: St. Stephen, SC

I chose Lander because it was like a home away from home. I’m from a small town, and Greenwood made it easy for me to adjust. Lander also has an awesome education program. All of my professors have known me by name and I love that. At Lander, students can easily build relationships with their professors. Lander has also helped shape me as a person. It has allowed me to enhance my leadership skills for my future as a teacher.

Sarah Miller
Classification: Sophomore
Major: Early Childhood Education
Hometown: Aiken, SC

Hello, I’m Sarah. I am from Aiken, SC and am a sophomore here at Lander. I decided to move away from home and come to Lander because the education program is wonderful. I plan on being a kindergarden teacher after graduation and hopefully staying in South Carolina, because I couldn’t live anywhere without southern sweet tea!

Haley MooreHaley A. Moore
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Major: Exercise Science
Lander is a warm and welcoming college that has a place for every single person to fit in and feel right at home, which is why Lander was my number one choice. Along with this program, I am newly involved in IMPACT Christian group, as well as, a returning member of the Lander Sassy Cat Dance team. Lander is truly my home away from home and I wouldn’t choose to go anywhere else.
Sonny NodineSonny Nodine
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Clemson, SC
Major: Business/Management/ Marketing
I am the head Resident Assistant at M.F. Lide apartments. I am a part of the Residence Hall Association, Presidential Ambassador, and I am the head coach for Bearcat Nation. After college, I would like to be a part of student affairs, and hopefully become the president of a university. The reason I chose Lander is because I loved the student to professor ratio.
Claire ParksClaire Parks
Classification: Senior
Hometown: North Augusta, SC
Major: Management/Marketing
I am truly glad to be a part of the Lander University family because I know I am on the right track to success. Every day at Lander there are many events and activities I look forward to, and my list of these things is always growing! I knew from the start that getting involved on Lander’s campus would not be hard to do. I am grateful for the opportunities to continually meet new friends and make connections, explore more of Greenwood, and prepare myself for my career. These opportunities motivate me to help continue Lander’s strong sense of community for years to come. Go Bearcats!
Amanda PurvisAmanda Purvis
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: West Columbia, SC
Major: Mass Communications
I came to Lander because I felt like I had a place within the first hour of touring the campus. The campus is small yet it is so diverse. I am involved in Lander’s Baptist Collegiate Ministry, where I have met some of my closest friends. There’s no school I’d rather be at then Lander University! I love being a Bearcat!
Catelyn Shinn
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Howell, MI
Major: Nursing
Hey! I’m Catelyn. I’m a sophomore here at Lander and I’m a nursing student. I moved down here from Howell, MI two years ago. I transferred to Lander after attending Piedmont for a year to get my degree in nursing. Lander was my first and only choice and it was one of the best decisions I could’ve made.
De'zrae SpencerDez’rae Spencer
Classification: Senior
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Major: Psychology
As a transfer student I knew that I wanted the same family oriented and loving atmosphere that I received after I graduated from my previous college, Spartanburg Methodist College. When I came on my visit to Lander I knew that this University would become my new home. Lander provides me with a great environment; I love the one-on-one relationship that I have developed with my professors here. I feel my time here at Lander has allowed me to grow and learn things about myself that I never knew, there are so many opportunities offered here and I feel honored to be a part of such a great school.

Alexandra SmithAlexandra Jane Smith
Classification: Senior
Hometown: North Augusta, SC
Major: Elementary Education
I chose Lander mainly because I was very impressed with the campus on my tour.  The location is perfect for traveling to nearby towns, and the community has a variety of things to do.  Once I got to Lander, I got really involved on the campus and have enjoyed every minute of it.  Lander has definitely changed me for the better.
Trevor Stewart
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Boiling Springs, SC
Major: Nursing

Hey I’m Trevor! I came to Lander because it felt like my home away from home. I’ve made great relationships with fellow students and staff members!

Cole StricklandCole Strickland
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Florence, SC
Major: Theatre
Lander is a great fit for me because of its family-like atmosphere and superb performing arts program. Lander has given me many opportunities to get involved on campus such as: BCM and as Plegemaster of Chi Alpha Omega Fraternity. My plans are to attend seminary at Wake Forest University, which Lander has prepared me for. Lander is a small university with big ideas. Go Bearcats!
Ashley TaylorAshley Taylor
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Boiling Springs, SC
Major: Nursing
I chose Lander because of the small class sizes and the fact that it is a smaller university. Still, the university is large enough to meet someone new every day. One thing that sold me on Lander was their Nursing program has a high first-time passing rate on the NCLEX. It proved to me that Lander prepares their students for anything and everything. My professors know me personally and know the best way that I learn and are willing to help me in any way.
Chris Tealey
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Beaufort, SC
Major: Business Management
Hi, my name is Chris Tealey and I am from Beaufort, SC. I am in the Honors College here at Lander University and I’m majoring in Business Management. I chose to come to Lander because it felt like a home away from home and I knew I would love the classes here.



Tresean "Tre" Tuggle
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
Major: Computer Information Systems
My name is Tre and I’m from Spartanburg, SC, but I was born in Toledo, Ohio. I chose Lander because of the extremely welcoming environment. It also wasn’t too far from home. Lander provided me with a sense of excitement, comfort, and a strong desire to learn.


Amanda WhaleyAmanda Whaley
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Augusta, GA
Major: Nursing
Lander offers so many great opportunities to be a successful college student, that I knew Lander was the correct choice. I hope to be a nurse practitioner by furthering my education.
Jessica Trotter
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Anderson, SC
Major: Nursing
Hey y’all my name is Jessica and I’m a junior nursing major at Lander. I came to Lander because I feel in love with the community and family atmosphere I felt on campus. Lander is a place where you can achieve anything and have someone to support you every step of the way. I have had the opportunity to become involved in many organizations on campus and I feel sure I have been equipped with the skills to succeed in my future.
Anna Valentine
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Williston, SC
Major: Business Administration/Accounting
I’m Anna and I’m from the small town of Williston, SC, “it’s about 20 minutes south of Aiken” is what I usually have to say. I love Lander because we are given so many opportunities to grow, since leadership, integrity, and life after college is just as important as academics here.


Kasia WhiteKasia White
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Columbia, SC
Major: Business Administration
I chose Lander because of the small class sizes. My teachers know me by name and I’m not just a number. I’m a business administration major so the fact that Lander’s business program is AACSB accredited was perfect! Lander is like a home away from home and I’ve met some of my best friends here. I’m involved with NAACP, LPBS and IMPACT, which have all helped me branch out through the years that I’ve been here. I really love the atmosphere and I’m glad I chose to attend Lander!
Adam Wilkins
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Boiling Springs, SC
Major: Business Administration
I looked at many schools before choosing Lander. I chose Lander because of its small size and community atmosphere. Another reason I chose Lander was because of its nursing program. I realized that nursing was not for me early in my freshman year, but I found that Lander had many other programs to offer me. I found the right fit here in Lander’s Business department!
Haley WilsonHaley Wilson
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Joanna, SC
Major: Early Childhood Education
After touring multiple schools, I immediately knew that Lander was the perfect school for me. I fell in love with the overall atmosphere, one that is both personal and caring. The small class size allows for students to feel comfortable participating in class and givies them the chance to truly learn. Everyone at Lander is willing to help in every way possible. Lander was an easy choice for me, providing the full college experience without traveling too far from home. Lander offers many organizations and clubs for student involvement. From the caring professors to the overall atmosphere, Lander truly becomes an easy choice.
Avery Wood
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Gray Court, SC
Major: Dual degree Electrical Engineering/ Mathematics
I chose Lander because of the community feel of the campus. At Lander I do not feel like a number. I am able to have one on one time with professors and they all know me by name. Lander has helped me pursue my degree so that I can work for an electrical product manufacturing facility one day.