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.

Mackenzie ArcheartMackenzie Areheart
Classification: Junior
Hometown: West Columbia, SC
Major: Early Childhood Education
At Lander I am involved in Chi Sigma Christian Sorority, Teaching Fellows and LAEYC. When trying to decide where to go to college I knew I wanted a small, personable school where I could get involved, enjoy learning and make lots of friends. I definitely picked the right school!
Emily AshleyEmily Ashley
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Laurens, SC
Major: Business, Health Care Management

I chose Lander because of all of the great opportunities this University has to offer. I wanted a school that provided excellent educational opportunities as well as extracurricular opportunities, and that is just what I found at Lander. I am a member of the Lander Professional Business Society, University Programming Council, and a student worker in Student Accounts.

James BeltonJames Belton
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Camden, SC
Major: Chemistry
At Lander, I am involved in Kappa Alpha Psi, American Chemical Society and Orientation Leaders. Lander was my first choice because, like my hometown, I found qualities here that made me feel very comfortable.
Kandice BryantKandice Bryant
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Honea Path, SC
Major: Accounting
Lander has provided me with the opportunity to take amazing classes, meet wonderful people and become involved. I am active in Phi Mu, SGA, LPBS and Jazz Ensemble. Coming from a small school, I was looking for a college with smaller class sizes. At Lander I have found great teachers that go out of their way to advance me in my major.
Ashley ClarkAshley Clark
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Powdersville, SC
Major: Nursing
As part of one of the top nursing programs in the state, I spend a lot of time in the library! When I’m not studying, I attend Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) and Chi Sigma meetings. Every winter I lead a clothing drive called Heart Warmers for homeless families. I love the friendly atmosphere at Lander, and I have made so many memories that I will never forget!
Breanna CookBreanna Cook
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Lexington, SC
Major: Elementary Education
I was drawn to Lander because of its small campus that made me feel at home. I have involved myself in University Singers, Old Main Singers and as a tutor in the Writing Center. I love Lander and know that it is the school for me!
Hakeem DraytonHakeem Drayton
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Sumter, SC
Major: Sociology/ Criminal Justice and 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.
Nicole DrewNicole Drew
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Whitmire, SC
Major: Nursing
When looking at colleges, I toured Lander’s campus and knew it would become my second home. I chose Lander because of its excellent nursing program and all of the nice people I saw and talked to. I am a member of Lander University Student Nurses Association (LUSNA). Coming from a small high school, I enjoy Lander’s small class size and how every professor I have knows who I am.
Lauren FricksLauren Fricks
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Ware Shoals, SC
Major: Nursing
I chose Lander because of the small-school atmosphere and the amazing nursing program. Lander has given me so many opportunities to be involved. I am a participant in Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). I have met so many wonderful people at Lander. It’s like my “home away from home.” I am so glad I chose Lander and I am excited to see what else Lander has in store for me.
Clarissa GainesClarissa Gaines
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Anderson, SC
Major: Exercise Science
I decided to come to Lander because it felt like a family away from home. Everyone is nice and welcoming here. The professors are very helpful and strive to make their classrooms the best possible. I am a part of PEES Club, and I am an Expo Leader. I also came to Lander because I saw multiple opportunities to advance myself at the university. I am extremely happy that I chose Lander University.
Erin GarlandErin Garland
Classification: Junior
Major: Seneca, SC
Hometown: Nursing
At Lander, I work in the athletic offices and am in Phi Mu sorority. My dad attended school here. When I came and visited the campus, I fell in love. My hometown is only an hour away, so being at Lander was far enough away but close enough to home at the same time. I absolutely love Lander and everything about it.
Mia GreerMia Greer
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Belton, SC
Major: Health Care Management
Lander University is my home away from home. Choosing Lander was the best decision because of the wonderful attention I receive from all of my professors. I love how I can always rely on them for help inside and outside the classroom. All of the activities that Lander offers really help the students to feel comfortable. My future is being prepared because of this great University!
Victoria HemandezVicktoria Hernandez
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Lexington, SC
Major: Chemical Engineering
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. It was the only place that I applied, and I couldn’t resist the dual education program with Clemson. When I graduate, I will have a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Lander and a chemical engineering degree from Clemson. Lander is overflowing with opportunities!
Corbin HuntleyCorbin Huntley
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Hendersonville, NC
Major: Health Care 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.
Mihajlo KozjakMihajlo Kozjak
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Belgrade, Serbia
Major: Econ/ Finance
For an international student, finding a place that feels just like home is nearly impossible. But, at Lander University, that is exactly what I found. Small size of classes, professors who know your name and warm community made my college start way easier. I chose Lander because of its business program that has AACSB accreditation, which puts the school of management at the top of business schools in the world. I am a CEO-elect of Lander Professional Business Society, president of the Lander Soccer Club, and I also work at the Department of Business Resource Center and Greenwood Lander Performing Arts.
Emily LoweryEmily Lowery
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Forest City, NC
Major: Special Education
Choosing Lander has been one of best decisions I have made thus far. I am so glad to be part of a family tradition of coming to Lander. I fell in love with the campus and the small class sizes. Here at Lander I am a sister of Zeta Tau Alpha and a student worker in the Academic Success Center. I am also a Fast Track Mentor. Lander has opened so many new doors for me, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds.
Tori MajorTori Major
Classification: Sophomore
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.
Victoria McDonaldVictoria McDonald
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Cheraw, SC
Major: Early Childhood Education
I chose Lander University because it has small class sizes, which gives students more one-on-one time with professors. When looking for a college to attend, I mainly focused on a good program, and Lander was an easy decision for my future. I am proud to call Lander home. I am a third-year competition/spirit cheerleader and a student worker in the Office of Admissions.
Hannah MerrittHannah Merritt
Classification: Junior
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: Junior
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Monck Corner, 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.

Lorenzo MyersLorenzo Myers
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Hampton, SC
Major: Elementary Education
At Lander I am involved as an EXPO leader, and a Homecoming King nominee. I chose Lander because of the great atmosphere and the high standards one expects from a prestigious university. Lander exemplifies many qualities of a great university such as a high graduation rate, a variety of extracurricular activities and helpful faculty and staff members. Lander is my university!
Claire ParksClaire Parks
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: North Augusta, SC
Major: Business/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!
Paige RaileyPaige Railey
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Columbia, SC
Major: Art Education
I am a Resident Assistant, I am a sister in Chi Sigma Christian Sorority, and I am also a member of the Lander Dance Company. I chose Lander because of the small classes and beautiful campus, but I love Lander because of the opportunities, friendly faculty and all the people I have met.
Katie ReevesKatie Reeves
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Major: Elementary Education
I came to Lander because I liked the size of the school – not too small or too big. The size allows you to have a personal relationship with your professors, and they really do know you by name. It is also easy to meet people. All of the classes are within walking distance and it is a safe environment. The Greenwood community is also very supportive and respectful of Lander students. I am a member of the FCA Leadership Team.
Erica ShulerErica Shuler
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Honea Path, SC
Major: Elementary/Early Childhood Education
I chose Lander University not only because of the excellent education program but also because of the friendly atmosphere, teacher to student ratio and location. While at Lander, I have participated in many activities and organizations around campus. I am a member of Chi Sigma Christian Sorority, a Resident Assistant and a Student Worker in Financial Aid and Office of Admissions.
Meagan SmallsMeagan Smalls
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Huger, SC
Major: Accounting
I chose to come to Lander University because of the small teacher to student ratio. I love that Lander is a smaller university and the professors are very helpful and welcoming. I also like having general education classes because it helps to expose me to all of the different programs that are offered here at Lander. The activities that are hosted by Student Activities are also very fun and exciting to attend.
Alexandra SmithAlexandra Jane Smith
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: North Augusta, SC
Major: Elementary Education
I lived in the same house my entire life. I am the youngest child in my family and that has taught me how to deal with certain situations. I am very outgoing and care about everybody. I love helping people. Lander University is a great school. I chose it because of its size, campus and how friendly the faculty and staff are.
Shaniqua StaplesShaniqua Staples
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Columbia, SC
Major: Exercise Science
I am a student worker for GLPA, and a member of the PEES club. I chose Lander not only because they offered my major, but also because the small size makes the school feel more like a community. Being able to walk around and recognize familiar faces makes me feel secure and safe. The professors are patient and will work one-on-one with students who need extra help. From the welcoming people of Greenwood to the fun environment at Lander, this is the best place to spend your college days!
Cole StricklandCole Strickland
Classification: Sophomore
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!
Aaron TalmageAaron Talmage
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Greenville, SC
Major: Political Science
Lander was the only school I could see myself attending. Knowing that teachers care about my education as much as I do was comforting. Knowledge at Lander is at your finger tips and should be grasped by the handful. The school is now a home to me, and my family here grows every year.
Dentaveous WalkerDentaveous Walker
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Union, SC
Major: Mass Communications
I chose Lander University because it is a school that is rich in history, and it is a small school that focuses on education. I really enjoy the atmosphere, and I’m looking forward to more years on this campus.
Amanda WhaleyAmanda Whaley
Classification: Sophomore
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.
Kayla WilliamsKayla Williams
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Pelzer, SC
Major: Nursing
As a senior nursing major at Lander, I’ve really enjoyed my time here. I think it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The smaller class sizes have really made a difference in my college career. As a student at Lander, I feel like more than just a number, and professors are always willing to provide help if I need it. I love Lander and I love being a part of the Bearcat Community. I am a member the Blue Key Honor Society and Lander's Student Nurses' Association (LUSNA).
Haley WilsonHaley Wilson
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Clinton, SC
Major: Early Childhood
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.
Morgan WinglerMorgan Wingler
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Boiling Springs, SC
Major: Mass Communications
I chose Lander because of the small campus – it felt like home. I am vice president II of Zeta Tau Alpha. I volunteer at the Lander Equestrian Center, working with disabled adults.
Ronnisha WillisRonnisha Willis
Classification Junior
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Columbia

I originally chose Lander because of the small size and the high demand nursing program. Once I decided to officially attend Lander; I knew that I had made the right choice by my first experience as a freshman at Expo. The faculty, staff, and upperclassmen students made me feel right at home. I have become more social and have increased my leadership skills by being involved in the Presidential Ambassador Program, Gospel Choir, and Lander University’s Student Nurses Association. Lander provides such a friendly and comfortable atmosphere that allows much success for the students. The classroom size is perfect for a successful learning environment. I love how my professors are able to remember my name and I am not just a number. I wouldn’t trade my experience here at Lander for the world.