JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi university has installed its first female commander of the Air Force ROTC program.

Lt. Col. Shander Adams is taking over leadership of the program at Jackson State University from retiring commander Lt. Col. Timothy Henderson. Adams was celebrated in an installation ceremony that also included a ribbon-cutting for the ROTC’s new location.

Adams, a university graduate from Gluckstadt, says she doesn’t feel pressured because “God has prepared me for this moment.” She hopes to become a role model for other women.

Adams served four years of active duty in the Air Force and then joined the Mississippi Air National Guard.

After the command transition, JSU President William Bynum Jr. announced the university will provide free housing to scholarship recipients of the Air Force ROTC and Army ROTC programs.