Lance has been a Rotarian for 16 years and is a member of the Greenville Evening Rotary Club. He has served Rotary as the Area One Assistant Governor, Club President, District Membership Chairman, and currently serves on several district committees. He is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Benefactor, Bequest Society member, Paul Harris Society member and Major Donor.
Lance retired in 2008 from the U.S. Air Force at the rank of Colonel with for over 29 years of service, after which he taught and advised students at Clemson University in the College of Business and Behavioral Science until retiring from Clemson in 2014. While teaching and advising at Clemson, he developed a Creative Inquiry course offering students the opportunities to learn how to record, interview and catalog military veterans’ combat and service experiences. He also helped developed and continues in an adjunct faculty capacity to lead a study abroad trip to Normandy which offers students the opportunity to trace the journey of WWII American soldiers in France.
Lance’s last active duty military assignment was at Clemson University, as the Department Chair and Professor of Aerospace Studies and U.S.A.F ROTC Detachment Commander. Since arriving at Clemson, Lance has been active with the Clemson Corps and currently serves as the Chairman for the Clemson Corps Board at Clemson University.
Prior to arriving at Clemson University, Lance served at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Mississippi, as the Commander, 81st Mission Support Group, where he commanded 2,000 personnel in providing base support to 78,000 military, civilian, dependents and retirees. Lance’s military career included a myriad of assignments that included service at U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Florida, at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, and at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, as an Air Battle Manager onboard the Airborne Warning and Control (AWACS) E-3 Aircraft.
Lance is married to Dr. Lenna Corley Young, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Greenville Technical College, Greenville, SC.