USD Alumnus Appointed National Security Adviser to Vice President

Andrea Thompson Col. Andrea L. Thompson is the new national security adviser to Vice President Mike Pence and a deputy assistant to the president.

VERMILLION, S.D. – A graduate of the University of South Dakota is the new national security advisor to Vice President Mike Pence and a deputy assistant to the president. The White House announced the appointment of Col. Andrea L. Thompson, ‘88 B.A., today.

"USD is proud of Col. Thompson and her stellar military career," said President James W. Abbott. "She's an inspiring example of a USD graduate with a liberal arts education who continues to serve her country at the highest levels."

Thompson served in the U.S. army for 28 years and was the highest-ranking military intelligence officer with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. During her two tours in Iraq, she served as the military intelligence taskforce commander in the 25th Infantry Division and as the senior intelligence officer of the 101st Airborne Division.

More recently Thompson, served as the National Security Adviser for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, the executive officer to the under secretary of the Army and the senior military adviser to the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.

Thompson has also served in Germany, Honduras, Nicaragua, Belize and Bosnia. In 2008, she co-authored the book "Achieving Victory in Iraq," a detailed account which examines how the war evolved since 2003. In 2011, she received the USD Alumni Achievement Award in honor of her exemplary military career and service.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.