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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 began his legal career as an associate at the firm of Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough in September 1995. In November 1996, James began a solo practice and currently is the sole shareholder of his firm, James E. Smith, Jr., P.A.

James was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in November 1996. In his first year of service he was elected to the position of assistant minority house leader. James served in the position for three years before becoming the chief minority whip. James was then elected house minority leader and served from 2002 until 2005. James was reelected for 11 terms, serving 22 years.

James has served on various nonprofit boards and has volunteered with numerous civic groups including service as a fellow — Liberty Fellowship; affiliated with the Aspen Global Leadership Initiative; a fellow with the Riley Institute; chair for the Public Policy Committee of the United Way's Success By 6 initiative; SC First Steps board member; Prevent Child Abuse, SC, board member; Alston Wilkes Society board member; and Red Cross board member and is currently serving as a board member of the Congaree Riverkeeper, Friends of The Edisto and Nickelodeon.

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 events. Chris serves as chair for the Veterans Student Services Advisory Committee, which works to deliver student-centered, connected and sustainable services universitywide.

Student Leaders

Candace Terry

Student Veterans Association President
Service History: Russian and Persian Farsi cryptolinguist in the Navy

Bobby Herpel

Undergraduate Veteran Liaison, Student Government Association
Service History:

Jeff Yelverton

Graduate Veteran Liaison, Student Government Association
Service History: Entered Active Duty Army the fall of 2014 as a Bandsmen. Served at Ft. Jackson with 282nd Army Band as a french horn player and historian. Left active duty to pursue a Masters of Music History with the goal of promoting the cultural influence military music has on the development of American Music. Now in the Army Reserve and serves with the 208th Army Band in Concord, N.C.

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