Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Scott Jeffress has served as Director of the Roan Scholars Leadership Program at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) since 2012, when he retired from the U.S. Army after a 22-year career. In his role as Director, he oversees all aspects of the Roan Program – from recruiting and leader development, to fundraising and daily operations – but is focused first on the Roan Scholars themselves and helping them fully develop their potential for leadership excellence and lifelong impact.
Born in Alaska and having lived on both coasts and overseas while growing up, Scott graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in History. After being commissioned as a U.S. Army officer, he served in a wide variety of command and staff positions during assignments in the Far East, Europe, and throughout the United States, culminating with a tour of duty at ETSU, where he led the University’s Army ROTC Program.
Scott currently serves as a Board Examiner for the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE); on the Board of Summit Leadership Foundation; and as a Steering Committee member for the Johnson City – Jonesborough – Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s Youth Leadership Program. Within ETSU, he is involved with numerous committees and campus initiatives – primarily in the areas of student leadership and success.
He and his bride of 23 years, Barbara, have three children: Hannah (21), Colin (17), and Julia (13).