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Nicholas Lanier | President of SVA Saint Leo Chapter, Saint Leo University

Current Position and Past Experience
Nicholas Lanier is a medically retired combat veteran and former NCO who is currently a student at Saint Leo University. Lanier has been pursuing his BA in political science since 2012.

He currently serves as the president of the Student Veterans of America (SVA) Saint Leo Chapter.

Before his medical retirement from the military, Lanier served in the US Army for 13 years. During that time, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Lanier is currently pursuing his BA in political science. His goals are admission to and completion of his PhD in Political Science and being able to contribute a voice to veteran issues at universities and colleges.

Lanier was recently named the Outstanding Student in Political Science at Saint Leo University.

Lanier is the past Treasurer and President of the Omega Epsilon Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society). He has presented papers at the Florida Conference of Historians, the Florida Political Science Association, and the National Political Honor Society Undergraduate Conference.

While serving in the army, Lanier was awarded the Aubrey “Red” Newman Leadership Award by the US Army Forces Command in 2010. He received the Honorable Order of St. Barbara from the US Field Artillery Association in 2011.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Outside of academic pursuits, Nick is a proud father and husband. He finds his greatest joy in being able to be home and watch his daughters grow up. An avid reader, he can always be found reading multiple books at once. He also loves the cooking challenges his daughters give him after watching the Food Network. Perhaps the greatest lesson he has learned is that education is a continuous journey. He would like to have the opportunity to work in higher education in a Veteran Service capacity in order to use his experiences to help fellow Veterans overcome any challenges which would hamper their academic success.

Connect
Nicholas Lanier can be found on LinkedIn.
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