Our Director


Brigadier General (Retired) Scott E. Brower was born October 7, 1966 in Passaic, New Jersey. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1989.and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Defense Artillery.

Following his initial assignment, General Brower served the remainder of his military career in the Army Special Forces community. He commanded at the detachment, company, battalion and group levels, with operational commands culminating with country-wide responsibility for special operations across Iraq in 2010-2011.

His combat service includes Desert Storm, the initial invasions of both Afghanistan and Iraq, with three additional tours to Iraq, one to Afghanistan and another deployment to Islamabad, Pakistan.

In General Brower’s final assignment at Fort Campbell, KY, which culminated 12 years of service at this installation, he served as the Acting Senior Commander for the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell.

Following retirement from the US Army, General Brower served as the Military Advisor in Residence at Austin Peay State University, helping to serve over 2,800 Military Affiliated Students.

Starting in March of 2020, he served as the Chief of Staff for Governor Lee’s Unified Command Group, which was responsible for coordination of all state-level efforts tied to the COVID-19 pandemic response across the state of Tennessee.

General Brower now serves as the Director of the Bass Military Scholars Program at Vanderbilt University, which provides scholarships to honorably discharged military service members seeking advanced degrees in Law, Nursing, Medicine, Business, and Education with the charter for the scholars to connect to the Vanderbilt community and share the values and principles learned in service to our Nation.