Mandy Chandler enters her 20th year as a member of Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS). As an associate director of SASS, she is responsible for the oversight of one academic coordinator and the learning specialist while also serving as the academic coordinator for football and volleyball. She coordinates the bi-annual graduation open house celebrating the academic success of MSU’s recent graduates.
Chandler has also worked with the NCAA’s Life Skills program, as she organized and facilitated the MSU outreach program and assisted in the organization of the career night. Prior to coming to Michigan State, Chandler served as the Administrative Assistant for Event Management/Student Services at the University of Missouri. She is a graduate of Purdue University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in management and her master’s degree in education with an emphasis in higher education. While attending graduate school, Chandler served as a graduate assistant in Purdue’s Academic Support Services.
Mandy is married to MSU head wrestling coach Roger Chandler, and they have two daughters. She is the daughter of George Smith, who is Athletic Director and recently retired head football coach at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Smith’s Raiders won 361 games, six Florida State Championships and two national championships during his tenure. In 2008, Smith won the Power of Influence Award, which is given by the American Coaches Association and the American Football Coaches Foundation to honor a high school football coach for their effect on players, school and community.