Scott Jeffress

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Scott Jeffress
Director, Roan Scholars Leadership Program
East Tennessee State University

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Scott Jeffress graduated from Dartmouth College in 1990 and was commissioned through the Army ROTC program as a Signal Corps (Communications) officer.

After completing his Basic Officer Course training at Fort Gordon, GA, his first assignment was to the 36th Signal Battalion in Taegu, Korea, where he served for one year as the Battalion Adjutant / Personnel Officer. Following that tour, he was reassigned to Fort Drum, NY, where he served as a Platoon Leader in the 10th Signal Battalion and as an Executive Assistant to the Assistant Division Commander for Support. During his time at Fort Drum, he led his platoon on a summer training mission to the United States Military Academy; a deployment to Homestead, FL, in support of Hurricane Andrew relief efforts; and a deployment to Somalia as part of Operation Restore Hope.

After completing the Signal Officer Advanced Course in 1995, he and his family spent four years in Germany, where he served as the 12th Aviation Brigade S6 (Signal Officer) in Wiesbaden, and commanded Bravo Company, 32nd Signal Battalion, in Darmstadt. Between those assignments, he also deployed to Macedonia for six months in 1997, where he served as the Communications Officer for the United Nations Preventive Deployment Force (UNPREDEP).

From 1999-2002, he served with the 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade (Airborne) at Fort Wainwright, Alaska - first as the Brigade S6, then as the Brigade Assistant S3 for Operations. Following this assignment, he spent two years as a student at Fort Leavenworth, KS, attending the Command & General Staff College, and the School for Advanced Military Studies. During this time he earned two advanced degrees in Military Arts and Sciences (MMAS).

Reassigned in 2004 to Fort Drum, NY, he served first as the Division's Deputy G6, then as the Battalion S3 for the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, and finally as the S6 for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT). During this last duty assignment, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Immediately upon the BCT's return from Iraq in November 2007, he moved to Johnson City, TN, where he served as ETSU's Professor of Military Science until June 2012.

Having retired from the Army on October 1, 2012, he now serves as the Director of ETSU's Roan Scholars Leadership Program – a position in which he can continue living out his passion for developing students' leadership potential.

LTC(Ret) Jeffress' bride, Barbara, is a fellow Dartmouth graduate; together they have three children: Hannah (17), Colin (14), and Julia (9).