Jack Horner is not your typical William & Mary student. The Coast Guard veteran-turned-undergraduate student decided that after 22 years in the military, it was time to take on a new challenge: earning a degree in religious studies.
Outside of his classes, Jack wanted to find a way to get involved in campus organizations and service opportunities, but didn’t exactly want to join a fraternity at 45 years old. So, he joined and ultimately became president of the Student Veterans of William & Mary, an organization that promotes a sense of purpose and belonging for all military veterans at the university through service to the community. He also serves as a member of the Military and Veterans Affairs Working Group, participates in the university’s Green Zone training and leads ceremonial military events on campus. His philosophy? Lead, follow or get out of the way. At William & Mary, he’s doing a mix of all three, but mostly the first.
Jack, along with his peers of non-traditional older or veteran students, enrich the William & Mary classroom by offering unique work and life experiences that provide depth to class discussions. He is a member of a small but growing population of military students at William & Mary, marking another layer of experiential diversity at the university.
Learn more about Jack
- Read his feature in the 2019 President’s Report.