A Marshall University graduate and United States Army veteran was announced as the new Director of Military and Veterans Affairs at Marshall University.
According to a release from Marshall, Tommy Reynolds will take the place of Kelly Sweetman, who resigned over the summer. Reynolds will take over on Sept. 16.
The release says more than 500 veterans are enrolled at Marshall this semester. Reynolds said he wants to help them transition from military life to higher education life.
"Just finding the veterans on campus is difficult," he said. "My main goal is to make military veterans feel at home at Marshall. I want them to be a part of the college experience and feel at home."
Reynolds is from Point Pleasant, WV. He joined the Army after high school and served for five years, including a 15-month tour of Iraq as an infantry paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division.
After working at a steel mill in New Haven, WV, Reynolds decided to pursue a degree in social work at Marshall University.
While a student at Marshall, Reynolds worked in the military and veterans affairs office under Sweetman. For the past few years, Reynolds has been involved in raising money for the Wounded Warriors Project in Delaware, Ohio. His wife, Linsey, is from Fairmont, W.Va., and they have a 22-month-old son, Jaxx Reynolds.