Aryanna Berringer, an Iraq War veteran, is now serving as director of the Office of Veterans Services (OVS).
At age 18, Berringer enlisted in the U.S. Army just months after the attacks of September 11, 2001. She was deployed to Jordan in February 2003 to support Operation Iraqi Freedom as part of the XVII Airborne Corps and served honorably through 2004. An Oregon native, Berringer was the first in her family to join the military.
In addition to her service in the military, Berringer has a diverse range of professional experience, ranging from IT project management consulting to starting a nonprofit geared toward improving nutrition in schools and military installations as a matter of national security.
“Aryanna is very dynamic and personable, and she’s eager to get started,” said Antonio Quarterman, director of the McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success and College of General Studies in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. “She will bring a lot to the role, to the University and to OVS — as she builds relationships with the veteran and military community in the city and in Pennsylvania.”
“As someone who has made a deep commitment to continued service to my community after I left the military, I am very honored to join the Pitt family in support of our military veterans and families,” said Berringer. “I look forward to the mission of engaging and strengthening our veteran community — students, families, staff and faculty alike.
Berringer is the recipient of numerous awards including the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.