Director, Office of Veteran and Military Services, Texas A&M University System
Col. Gerald “Jerry” L. Smith ’82, USMC (Ret.)
Col. Smith served for thirty years as a US Marine Artillery Officer, holding six command tours with two combat tours (Iraq 2003 & Afghanistan 2007). Other military assignments included eight years in higher education: three years as the Marine Instructor at Rice and Prairie View A&M; one year instructing at the USMC Command & Staff College; and four years as the TAMU Professor of Naval Science from 2008-2012. He earned a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the National War College, a Master of Science in Military Studies from the U.S. Marine Corps Command & Staff College, and a Master of Arts in International Relations from Troy State University. Col. Smith’s Bachelor of Arts is in Political Science from Texas A&M University.
As the OVMS Director, he facilitates support, collaboration and communication between the 11 Texas A&M University System campuses that enroll over 4,500 student veterans and 7,000 military family members. Col. Smith has raised nearly $15 million to support Aggie student veteran scholarships and programs. He received the Congressional Veterans Commendation Award from Congressman Bill Flores (2014), and the TAMU John J. Koldus III Faculty & Staff Achievement Award (2015).
Col. Smith and his wife Cindy ’83 enjoy scuba diving, boating, fishing and spending time with their three granddaughters.
Assistant Director, Office of Veteran and Military Services, Texas A&M University System
Monteigne S. Long ‘02
Monteigne Long is a Gold Star wife and military spouse who has been working with student veterans in higher education since 2010, when colleges and universities saw a large influx of Post-9/11 veterans. Prior to joining The Texas A&M University System, Monteigne served as the Veterans Coordinator at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, CA, and opened the first Veterans Resource Center at California State University, Northridge. She received a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education Administration at Texas A&M University.
As Assistant Director, Monteigne facilitates the collaboration and communication among the 11 campuses of the Texas A&M University System that enroll over 4,500 student veterans and 7,000 military family members. Additionally, Monteigne serves as Co-Chair-Elect of the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) Veterans Knowledge Community. In 2018, Monteigne received numerous awards and recognition for her service to the military-affiliated community in California, including Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Steve Knight, along with a Commendation from Los Angeles County Supervisor, Kathleen Barger.
Monteigne and her husband, Ron, a Marine Corps Veteran, have a daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys running and spending time with her family.