Director, Office of Veteran 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 OVS 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 Services, Texas A&M University System
Monteigne S. Long ‘02
Monteigne Long is a military spouse and 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 is married to Ron, a Marine Corps Veteran, and has a daughter, Reagan. In her spare time, she enjoys running and spending time with her family.