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: Senior
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.

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.

Bouknight-IMG_4085Bryson Bouknight
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Gaston, SC
Major: Business Administration/Marketing and Management

As I started looking at colleges, I thought I wanted a big college experience, but after seeing Lander and all that it had to offer, I knew this was the right choice for me. Now that I have been here for two years, I know I made the right choice. From the opportunities I've had, the experience I've gained, and the lifelong friendships I have made, I'm proud of the fact that I am a Lander Bearcat.

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.

Laura Brown-7310Laura Brown
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Laurens, SC
Major: Visual Arts/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.

April Chaffins-7306April Chaffins
Classification: Senior
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 Coleman-7328Brittany Coleman
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Abbeville, SC
Major: Business Administration

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.

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.

Evans IMG_8936Devante Evans
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Chesnee, SC
Major: Biology

Hey everyone! My name is Devante and I'm a second year biology student! Choosing Lander was an easy decision for me because of its small class sizes and location. I never feel overlooked by the professors and I never feel too far away from home. Since coming to Lander, I have been a part of not only the Presidential Ambassadors program, but I'm also a returning member to our prestigious Honors College. I'm also a new member of our LepUtation dance team. Needless to say, there are plenty of organizations here at Lander to be a part of. Can't wait to see you 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! 

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!

Guinn IMG_8981Tripp Guinn
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Elberton, GA
Major: Computer Information Systems/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.

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. 

Hembree IMG_8924Heather Hembree
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: Ware Shoals, SC
Major: Chemistry

My name is Heather and I am a Chemistry major here at Lander University. I am from the small town of Ware Shoals, SC and I graduated from Greenwood Christian School. I have been lucky enough to get involved with the Lander Presidential Ambassadors and the American Chemical Society since I enrolled here. Choosing a college was a huge decision in my life and I am so happy that I chose Lander. All of the students are so nice and welcoming, and the professors really want to see you succeed and are always willing to help you out. I love the small class sizes, as well as the family atmosphere that exists on this campus. It is truly something you have to experience in order to believe it. I am so blessed to be a part of Bearcat Nation!

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.

IMG_1113-hixSara Hix
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Greenville, SC
Major: Business Administration

I am a junior healthcare management major from Greenville SC. I am a Presidential Ambassador, involved in a sorority, and I am a peer educator through the campus wellness center. I hope to one day be the director of a nursing home. I love Lander because of the personable environment. I am so glad that I made LU my home. Go Bearcats! 

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_8683-Lynch-RT-Sarah Lynch
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Clover, 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.

McFadden IMG_8995Tia McFadden
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Florence, SC
Major: Early Childhood Education

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.

Nodine IMG_8917Sonny Nodine
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Clemson, SC
Major: Business Administration/Marketing and Management

I am the head Resident Assistant at University Place. 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 faculty ratio and the opportunities Lander presented me with.

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.

Shinn IMG_8972Catelyn Shinn
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Howell, MI
Major: Psychology

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.

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!

Taylor-IMG_4124Ashley Taylor
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Boiling Springs, SC
Major: Nursing

I chose Lander first for the successful Nursing Program. Once I got on the campus I fell in love with both the campus and the students. Lander's campus is large enough that I am able to meet someone new every day but small enough that I know at least one person in all of my classes. My professors are one of the reasons I stayed at Lander. Being able to connect with my professors on a personal and professional level allowed my desire to become a nurse increase tremendously. Because I go to Lander I love my school, my major, and my fellow peers! I have Bearcat Pride; do you?

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.

IMG_0053-tippKatherine Tipp
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Major: History/Secondary Education

Hey my name is Katherine Tipp and I am from Charlotte, NC. I chose Lander as my home away from home because I could feel the sense of community from the moment I stepped on campus. Lander has offered me everything I could've wanted and more! I am currently serving as president of Phi Mu Fraternity, I am a member of Blue Key National Honor Society and Alpha Chi Honor Society, I'm involved with SGA, EXPO,  am a Presidential Ambassador and that's just a fraction of what Lander has to offer you. I look forward to showing you around our beautiful school! Go Bearcats! 

IMG_4158-TrotterJessica Trotter
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Anderson, SC
Major: Nursing

I choose Lander because I fell in love with the family atmosphere I felt when I stepped on campus. From that moment Lander has truly become my home away from home. I have had the opportunity to serve in a number of campus organization such as Habitat for Humanity and the Baptist Collegiate Ministry. I feel confident I have been equipped with skills to help me succeed in my future and I look forward to helping you find these opportunities for yourself here on our beautiful campus! Go Bearcats!

Valentine IMG_8992Anna Valentine
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Waterloo, 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.