Brennan Beck joined the Army as an infantryman five days after high school graduation. After four and a half years in active duty in which he completed two year-long deployments to Iraq with the 1st Infantry Division and 172nd Infantry Brigade, Brennan was honorably discharged from the Army and pursued an academic degree as a first-generation college student utilizing the Post 9-11 G.I. Bill. Despite dealing with physical and mental injuries resulted from combat injuries in Iraq, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in English. After graduation, Brennan and his family moved to South Carolina where he started working for Clemson University’s English Department.
In 2016, Brennan transitioned into Student Affairs and now serves as Clemson’s Director for Military and Veteran Engagement, the first fulltime staff position fully committed to serving and supporting Clemson’s student veterans and military-connected students. In his role, he directs the Clemson Military & Veteran Engagement Center, advises the Clemson Student Veterans Association and SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society Clemson Chapter, supports the Clemson University Veterans Commission, and advocates for all military and veteran students and their families at Clemson. Brennan strives to “leave it better than he found it” and “never stop improving,” two ideals that carried over from his military service into every aspect of his life.
Brennan is passionate about supporting and empowering his fellow veterans through their post-military journey. A graduate of the Vantage Point Foundation program, Brennan has returned multiple times as a Peer Mentor and has helped coordinate and recruit dozens of veterans into the VPF Leadership Development Courses as a volunteer. In March 2021, Brennan officially joined the Vantage Point Foundation Team as the Mentor Coordinator responsible for recruiting, coordinating, and supporting Senior and Peer Mentors.
B.A. English, Sonoma State University
M.Ed. – Counselor Education, Clemson University
United States Army 2005-2010