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.



Bennett IMG_8928Ashlee Bennett
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Lexington, SC
Major: Nursing

Hey everybody, my name is Ashlee and I’m from Red Bank, SC. I’m a sophomore in the outstanding nursing program here at Lander, which was the main reason why I chose this amazing school. I loved the campus the moment I toured it. I had no idea at that moment that Lander University would become my home away from home. I am living proof that socially awkward human beings can survive in college, and I can only hope to make you fall in love with this school as much as I have.

Bethany BondsBethany Bonds
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Abbeville, SC
Major: Secondary Chemistry

Hi everyone! My name is Bethany Bonds, and I am a sophomore here at Lander University. On campus, I am very involved as a Presidential Ambassador, Lander Teaching Fellow, and sister of Zeta Tau Alpha. The small class sizes, wonderful professors, and personal feel pushed Lander to the top of my college list during my senior year of high school, and I am so happy that I chose Lander as my home two years ago! Through this wonderful university, I have met the greatest people, been given so many wonderful opportunities, and have acquired a love for school unlike ever before.

Bridwell IMG_8921Dillon Bridwell
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Woodruff, SC
Major: Exercise and Sports Science

Hello everyone! My name is Dillon and I am proud to call myself a Bearcat. I am from Reidville, SC which is a small town just inside of Spartanburg. I am an Exercise Science major in pursuit of becoming a Physical Therapist. I chose Lander due to its size and how I could actually get to know my professor and be me not another number in a class. Plus, I knew that Lander would point me in the right direction while I chase my dream.

burgessJared Burgess
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: West Columbia, SC
Major: Chemistry

Hello, my name is Jared and I am a sophomore Chemistry major in the Honors College here at Lander! I chose Lander because it instantly felt like home to me the first time I set foot on campus. The smaller class sizes and always-helpful faculty and staff has really improved my experience in the classroom, while good people and new friends around campus have made my college experience nearly perfect. Between the great courses offered and wonderful events happening around campus, there is never a dull moment. I'm proud every day that I get to bleed blue and gold, and be a bearcat.

clelandMonica Cleland
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Greenville, SC
Major: Mass Communication

Hey future bearcats! My name is Monica and I am majoring in Mass Communication. I transferred from Spartanburg Methodist College and wanted to find another university with the same close family bond. I chose Lander because it is a small university with a big university feel, small classes, teachers truly caring for their student’s success, and most importantly because I felt at home on Landers campus. I have changed my major multiple times before having the wonderful staff here at Lander help me find my career calling. I am proud to be a bearcat and am honored to be a part of their family!

doverSavannah Dover
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Lancaster, SC
Major: Elementary Education

I am Savannah Dover, a junior here at Lander majoring in Elementary Education! Here at lander I am a Presidential Ambassador and a South Carolina Teaching Fellow and have a passion for teaching kids to love learning! I chose Lander because the second I stepped on campus for a tour it felt like home, not to mention the small class sizes, family atmosphere, and all the professors seemed to really care about their students. Greenwood is truly my home away from home and I could not imagine myself anywhere else!

dumaisKeith Dumais
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Johnston, SC
Major: English Secondary Education

Hey there! My name is Keith and I’m a junior here at Lander University.  I’m a SC Teaching Fellow and one of kind. The kind you would put on a spice rack.  I love Lander because it is a community that I enjoy to be around with and it is a way for me to grow into a wonderful unique young adult.  Lander has helped shaped me into the person that I am today and I am very thankful for that. I started out as an awkward person to leaving as a better awkward person with wonderful leadership qualities that will make me succeed in my career field. If it wasn’t for the amazing professors, wonderful staff, amazing students, and Amy Poehler I would not be the person that I am today.

Ellis IMG_9112Hunter Ellis
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Summerville, SC
Major: History/Secondary Education

Hello! My name is Hunter, I am from Summerville South Carolina. I am a History major with a minor in secondary education. My dream is to become a high school history teacher and be a coach one day. I picked Lander as the school that I wanted to go to, because of how the faculty made me feel at home. Lander was just the best school for me and I fell in love with it the first day I stepped on campus.

Fletcher IMG_8988Shauna Fletcher
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Greenwood, SC
Major: Biology/Pre-Dental

Lander's prestigious science program grabbed my attention immediately.  As a future dentist, I knew science courses would shape my future, so the small class sizes and wonderfully equipped science laboratories were a huge reason I decided to go to Lander.  Lander has a supportive and focus oriented environment that will and has allowed me to reach my academic and career goals.  We have a widely respected Honors College.  The study abroad programs and affiliations that we have are extraordinary! I wouldn't have been able to study a semester in Greece without the help of my wonderful school.  The Lander community is the biggest reason why I chose Lander.  The second I stepped foot on campus I felt a sense of comfort.  We are Lander and we are a family! 

Paige FowlerPaige Fowler
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: North Augusta, SC
Major: English Professional Writing

Hi! My name is Paige Fowler and I'm thrilled to be a Bearcat. In addition to being a Presidential Ambassador here at LU, I'm also an officer of the English Club, a member of the Honors College, and I have three on-campus jobs. I chose Lander because I've always been a really engaged, driven student, and I knew this university would encourage me to pursue a rigorous education without sacrificing the extracurricular activities I love.

I can't wait to see you on campus sometime soon!

garrettCatherine Garrett
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Aiken, SC
Major: Nursing

Hey everyone! My name is Catherine and I am from Aiken, SC. I’m a junior in Lander’s outstanding nursing program. The first time I toured Lander I immediately knew this would be my future home! I couldn’t help but fall in love with our beautiful campus and the welcoming atmosphere. Now that I have been here for two years, I know I made the right decision! The faculty and staff at Lander continue to amaze me with all they do for the students. I can’t wait to see you around campus!

Gilbert IMG_8974Jolorian Gilbert
Classification: Junior
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.

Graber IMG_8985Carly Graber
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Clover, SC
Major: Nursing

Hey everyone! My name is Carly and I'm from Clover, SC. After touring Lander for the first time, I absolutely fell in love...so in love that Lander was the only school I even applied to! My goal for being your Presidential Ambassador is to show you around Lander’s beautiful campus and to get you love Lander as much as I did! Go Bearcats!

Hamilton IMG_8966Wesley Hamilton
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Irmo, SC
Major: Business Administration/Psychology

Hi, my name is Wesley and I am from Irmo, SC. I came to Lander University because it felt like home; from how small the campus was, to the professors knowing who was in there classes, and caring not just about classwork but who you are. I have grown to love the school and show it by getting involved. I am part of include Student Government Association, SCSL, Resident Advisor, Bearcat Nation, and I was also an EXPO orientation leader. Coming here was one of the best choices I have ever made. 

Henry IMG_9001Clare Henry
Classification: Junior
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 stayed at Lander because of the people and connections that I’ve made; Lander is my home and my family is here.

histonHaley Histon
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Greenville, SC
Major: Business Administration/Accounting

Hey y’all! My name is Haley Histon and I am from Greenville, SC. As soon as I stepped onto Lander’s campus, I knew this was the school for me. What really drew me in was the student life, the small class sizes, and the various opportunities on campus. There are so many ways to become involved! Deciding to come to Lander University was the best decision I have ever made, and I am very proud to call myself a Lander Bearcat!

IMG_4187-JacksonAlexis Jackson
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Darlington, SC
Major: Nursing

I chose to attend Lander because of my dream of becoming a Neonatal Nurse. I felt Lander’s nursing program was the first step in the right direction of making my dream a reality. Being a student has only made the process that much greater because, I felt like I belonged here. Here at Lander I was able to have a one on one connection with my professors and a chance to connect with many students. Coming from a small town, my transition to higher education was not only an easy one but, where I fit right in.

Kinard IMG_8953Kendrick Kinard
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Greenville, SC
Major: Chemistry

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.

Lacombe IMG_8968Meg Lacombe
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Beaufort, SC
Major: Chemistry

When I came to tour Lander for the first time, I wasn’t sure what I really wanted in a college experience. But as soon as I set foot on campus, I knew this would be the place I would call home for the following years. I am passionate about chemistry, teaching, and of course Lander University! At Lander I am not just another student in a class full of people that want a degree; I am Meg Lacombe: the bearcat, the honors college student, and the scientist. I love being at Lander and I cannot wait to show everyone what I see in this beautiful campus.

Lubnow IMG_8947Lizzy Lubnow
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Aiken, SC
Major: Nursing

Hey, I'm Lizzy and I graduated from South Aiken High School.  I chose Lander because it wasn't too far from home, but far enough to get that college experience.  The friendly faces of Lander made it easier to be away from my family.  I love it here because even our professors are friendly and get to know us.  College is the best time of your life and I'm glad I chose Lander!

IMG_4148-MillerSarah Miller
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Aiken, SC
Major: Early Childhood Education

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 kindergarten teacher after graduation and hopefully staying in South Carolina, because I couldn’t live anywhere without southern sweet tea!

Moore-IMG_4113Haley Moore
Classification: Junior
Hometown: York, SC
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.

Morrison IMG_8931Alex Morrison
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Hartsville, SC
Major: Music Education

Hi! My name is Alex and I am a music education major with an emphasis in choral music. I came to Lander because when I toured, I fell in love with the campus and faculty members that I met. I am a member of the University Singers, Old Main Singers, NAFME, and Baptist Collegiate Ministry. At Lander I have made lifelong friends and connections. I can truly say that Lander is my second home.

Opel IMG_8944Amber Opel
Classification: Junor
Hometown: Tega Cay, SC
Major: Business Administration/Marketing and Management

I am involved at Lander as a Phi Mu, member of the Lander Professional Business Society, and I also work in the catering department on campus.

Parks IMG_8951Josh Parks
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Lexington, SC
Major: Computer Information Systems/Networking

Hey everyone! My name is Josh and I’m a sophomore CIS major from Lexington, SC. I wanted to come to Lander because of the friendly environment, beautiful campus, and personalized academic ambience. All the faculty and staff are here to help everyone set goals and find success. This widely expressed attitude, small class size, and personal feel pushed Lander to the top of my list. Lander honestly felt like home to me when I came to tour, and it has been my home away from home ever since.

Schwartz IMG_8962Kate Schwartz
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Greenwood, SC
Major: Biology

Hi! My name is Kate Schwartz, and I am a junior here at Lander studying biology with a minor in mathematics. My goal is to combine my passion for people and knowledge to pursue a career in healthcare. Hands down, my favorite thing about Lander is that I can’t go anywhere without seeing someone I already know and also someone I don’t!

Sherfield,Jessicca IMG_8960Jessi Sherfield
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Laurens, SC
Major: Early Childhood Education

Hey! My name is Jessica Sherfield and I am a sophomore here at Lander. My twin sister (who is also a Presidential Ambassador) and I are from Laurens, South Carolina. I am majoring in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Spanish. As well as being a Presidential Ambassador, I am also a Teaching Fellow. I decided to come to Lander because of the Education Department and because of the small class sizes. I knew I wanted to go to a school where the professors knew my name, so Lander was such a perfect fit! When I took my first tour of Lander, I was instantly amazed at how friendly the people were and I knew I wanted to make this my home. I stayed at Lander because I made life-long friends and I could not imagine myself being at any other school.

Sherfield IMG_8956Katie Sherfield
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Laurens, SC
Major: Graphic Design

I'm Kaitlin, a 6ft. tall twin from Laurens, SC. After graduating from Laurens District 55 High School in 2014, I decided to call Lander my new home. Here at Lander, I am sophomore majoring in art with a graphic design emphasis, I am a Resident Assistant at Bearcat Village, and I am also blessed to be a Presidential Ambassador along with my twin sister. Let me show you around campus and show you why Bearcat Country should be your new home, too.

snelgroveRebecca Snelgrove
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Anderson, SC
Major: English Secondary Education

Hey! I am pursuing careers in both English Secondary Education and English Professional Writing. I am the Head Resident Assistant at New Residence Hall. I am also a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, and I am a member of Alpha Chi Honors Society. I love Lander University, because it has opened doors I have asked for, like getting into a college close to home and making it into the education program, and some doors I never thought possible, like becoming a resident assistant, presidential ambassador, and being in various honors societies. Being a Lander student has allocated me the opportunity to meet people and have experiences that I would not have received anywhere else. I am happy to invest in a school that presents countless opportunities and experiences to its students. Lander most definitely has the "home away from home" environment that every student should look for when making a college decision, and if that’s not enough, the faculty and staff care about each student’s success inside and outside of the classroom. Not only has being a college student been the best decision of my life, but deciding to be a Lander Bearcat and representing my title as a Lander student has made all the difference. Go Bearcats!

Spees IMG_8977Taylor Spees
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Major: Nursing

Hi my name is Taylor Spees and I'm a junior at Lander. My major is nursing and I am also in our Honors College. My home town is Charleston, South Carolina but I've loved getting to know the Upstate. I came to lander because it was the only college tour where I felt right at home. It was so nice to be on a small campus after coming from one of the biggest high schools in the state. I love that my teachers know me on a first name basis and are able to help me. Lander is my home away from home. Go Bearcats! 

IMG_4126-StewartTrevor Stewart
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Inman, 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!

sullivanJanie Sullivan
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Abbeville, SC
Major: History

Hey! I am Janie Sullivan, a junior, here at Lander.  Lander has become more than just a school for me, it's a home and community I am excited to come to everyday.  Since I've been here I've had the opportunity to be involved in many different organizations. Apart from being a Presidential Ambassador, I am a member of Gamma Phi Beta, I am on the College Panhellenic Council, and also a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society.  I also work in the University Archives. 

tealBrandon Teal
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Chesterfield, SC
Major: Nursing

Hey everyone, my name is Brandon Teal and I am a Sophomore 1 Nursing major. I chose Lander University because of its prestigious School of Nursing and the atmosphere that the campus displays. Lander University provides a small community, in which the students and faculty are a family. Lander offers open opportunities for students to get involved and make a difference while they’re here. For example, I work as a Presidential Ambassador, a Resident Assistant and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. I knew the first time that I toured Lander as a senior in high school, that it was where I wanted to call home. It has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in life.

IMG_4171-TealeyChris Tealey
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Beaufort, SC
Major: Business Administration

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.

weilandFrannie Weiland
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Chesterfield, SC
Major: Nursing

Hey, my name is Frannie and I LOVE LANDER. The first time I visited Lander’s campus, I knew it was going to be my home for the next four years. Not only is Lander more affordable than most other four-year institutions, its small class sizes provide a great sense of community and welcoming atmosphere. The professors and students involved with the nursing program at Lander University truly care about its students, and they are always positively encouraging freshmen to apply. Choosing LU was the best decision of my life.

Emma Carson WestEmma Carson West
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Pauline, SC
Major: Nursing

From the moment I stepped onto Lander’s campus, I knew this was going to be my home for the next four years. I love the small, close-knit feeling of the campus, students, and staff. Lander was the first and only place that I toured and applied to; I knew it was meant to be. Lander has an outstanding nursing program, and with intensions of becoming a nurse, I knew there wasn’t going to be a better school choice for me than Lander. I absolutely love being a student here at Lander and being involved in various organizations on campus, and I cannot wait to show you around my favorite place!