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Team Directory

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Meet Our Team

James Smith

James E. Smith Jr.

Executive Director of Military Programs and Strategies
Phone: 803-777-7695

Service History: After 9/11 and serving for eight years as a JAG officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard, James resigned and then reenlisted to pursue a commission as an infantry officer. James is currently a major and assigned to the Joint Operations Center, South Carolina Joint Forces Command. James served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan with the 218th Infantry Brigade, where he was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart. He was recognized by his peers in 2016 when he was the first to be awarded the University of South Carolina Veterans Alumni Council’s Distinguished Service Award. In 2018, James was inducted as one of only two majors into the Palmetto Military Academy Hall of Fame.

Education/Major(s): BA in Political Science (1990) and JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law (1995)

James is currently the sole shareholder of his firm, James E. Smith, Jr., P.A. and served in the South Carolina House of Representatives for 11 terms over 22 years and was house minority leader from 2002 until 2005.

James has served on various nonprofit boards and has volunteered with numerous civic groups. James joined the university in January 2019 to help cultivate programs and partnerships to bolster the university's strategy for military-affiliated students. 

Jared Evans

Jared Evans

Director of Military Engagement and Veteran Initiatives
Phone: 803-777-5122

Service History: Served with 2D Recon Battalion and 2D Force Recon from 2005 to 2009. Separated from Marine Corps in 2009 and enrolled at South Carolina as a student veteran.

Education/Major(s): BS in Sport and Entertainment Management (2012) and MBA in Business Administration and Management (2017)

Jared supports the university's innovative effort to support and attract military-affiliated students in the classroom and via distance learning. Along with being university advisor to the Student Veterans Association, he is a founding member and current university liaison for the My Carolina Veterans Alumni Council. Jared serves on the board of Palmetto State Base Camp, Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation — SC 5K Walk/Run, 9/11 Remembrance Foundation of South Carolina and Fisher House Foundation — Columbia, S.C.

Chris Mobley

Chris Mobley

Associate Registrar for Veterans Enrollment Services
Phone: 803-576-6832

Service History: Chris’ dad was commissioned in the U.S. Army following his time in the Army ROTC program at Wofford College. His grandfather served during World War II as a crew chief on the Lockheed P-38 Lightning for the Army Air Corps.

Education/Major(s): BA in Religion with minors in business administration and philosophy from Presbyterian College, M.Ed. in Higher Education from South Carolina (2016)

Chris manages the Office of Veterans Services for the university. With 11 years in higher education and six years working with veterans, his office is responsible for the certification of VA educational benefits as well as military-affiliated student onboarding. Chris serves as chair for the Veterans Student Services Advisory Committee, which works to deliver student-centered, connected and sustainable services universitywide.

Student Leaders

Scott Craig

Student Veterans Association President
Service History: Scott has served as an Airborne Infantryman in the U.S. Army from 2006-13. He has spent 27 months in Afghanistan in Kamdesh and Logar Provinces where he was wounded in combat and received a Purple Heart. After his retirement, he continues to serve as an Army spouse based out of Shaw AFB, SC.

Education/Major: Pursuing a BS in Computer Science class of 2021. Scott maintains a 3.6 GPA has received 4 merit based scholarships.

 Scott Serves as the President of the University of South Carolina’s Student Veterans Association focusing on student veteran engagement and fundraising for service related scholarships. He also works under the VA work study program as a Veterans Services Coordinator for Veteran and Military Services and as SVA President, serves on the Veteran Student Services Advisory Committee for the university.

Bobby Herpel

Undergraduate Veteran Liaison, Student Government Association
Service History:

Steve Wahle

Graduate Veteran Liaison, Student Government Association

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