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J.R. Sanderson




Jeffrey R (JR) Sanderson serves as the Program Director for the South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office. In this role, he is responsible for the execution of complex federal Disaster Recovery funding to recover homes affected by the 2015 Severe Flood and from Hurricane Matthew in 2016. The program is repairing/replacing over 2300 homes of South Carolina’s most vulnerable citizens over the course of the next three years. Prior to this position, he served as Chief of Staff for the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles where he was responsible for all Operations, Information Technology, Training, and all field offices across the state.

Mr. Sanderson is a military retiree having served for over 31 years in the United States Army. He began his career as a Private and retired as a Colonel. During his career he commanded both an Infantry Company and a Battalion/Task Force in sustained combat operations. His last two assignments included command of the historic 4th Cavalry Brigade from 2006 until 2008, and Chief of Staff of the Army Training Center at Fort Jackson from 2008-2011. His military awards and decorations include the Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Award, the Silver Star, 2 awards of the Bronze Star, and 2 awards of the Legion of Merit.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University in 1984, a Masters of Public Administration from Western Kentucky University in 1995, a Masters of Military Arts and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies in 1997, and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the Air War College in 2006. He also serves as a Graduate Adjunct Professor of Leadership and Management at Webster University. His hobbies include Bluegrass banjo and studying history.

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