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Smith to Lead Veterans Services at Lander

Jason SmithJason Smith, of Greenwood, has been selected as Lander University's new director of Military and Veterans Services.

Smith, who starts work on June 1, is a veteran of 28 years in the military, serving in both the U.S. Army and South Carolina Army National Guard. A former infantryman, heavy anti-armor weapons crewman and paratrooper, he served a tour of duty in Iraq, and later worked as a communications systems operator/ maintainer and supply sergeant.

Since 2009, he has served as logistics manager within the 1050th Transportation Battalion in Newberry, responsible for procuring military equipment for 10 military units within the S.C. Army National Guard. A graduate of Grantham University, with a B.S. in multidisciplinary studies, Smith was chosen as the 2013 S.C. Army National Guard Warrant Officer of the Year.

The opportunity to help service members, veterans and their families reach their educational goals by sharing information about the areas of study that Lander offers and financial benefits available to them as members of the military will be "very rewarding," he said.

Dr. Todd Gambill, vice president for Enrollment Management, welcomed Smith to Lander. "I am excited about the skillset and energy that Jason brings as an advocate and recruiter. He will be instrumental in connecting deserving veterans with the rich opportunities that Lander University provides."