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Anna Noble

Admission Counselor

Office: Welcome Center

Office Phone: 803.947.5122

Email:

anna.noble@newberry.edu

Department:
Office of Enrollment Management

Degrees:

B.A., Elementary Education & Criminal Justice, Guilford College

Bio:

If you live in the following counties in South Carolina, contact Anna for more information about Newberry College:

 

York Chester Lancaster Fairfield Kershaw
Lee Sumter Claredon Orangeburg Calhoun
Richland Lexington Newberry    

 

If you live in the following states, contact Anna for more information about Newberry College:

Maine Vermont New Hampshire Massachusetts Connecticut
Rhode Island New York New Jersey Delaware Maryland
Washington, D.C. Pennsylvania Alaska Hawaii  
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Carol West

Director of Special Events/Reservations

Office: Dufford House

Office Phone: 803.321.3302

Email:

carol.west@newberry.edu

Department:
Office of Administrative Affairs

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Christopher Sharp

Visiting Professor of Criminal Justice

Office: McClurg Center, Room 304

Office Phone: 803.321.5216

Email:

christopher.sharp@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Degrees:

Ph.D, Public Affairs, concentration in Criminal Justice Adminstration, University of Central Florida

M.A., Criminal Justice, University of Central Florida

B.A., Criminology, Flordia State University

Bio:

Dr. Sharp received his PhD from the University of Central Florida in Public Affairs with a concentration in Criminal Justice Administration.  His degrees also include a Master’s in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor’s in Criminology, and he is certified in Security Administration, Anti-Terrorism, and Force Management through the U.S. Army (where he retired in 2018).   He has experience in community corrections, mental health treatment, community policing, anti-terrorism, physical security, and facility management.  Dr. Sharp’s research interests include; crime prevention through environmental design, problem solving policing, terrorism and anti-terrorism, organizational leadership, and the treatment of mentally ill offenders.  Dr. Sharp has been married to his wife Michell for 23 years, and has 3 children (Luke - 29, Brianna – 17, Dylan – 3) and one granddaughter with a grandson on the way.

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Lori Ann Summers

Lori Ann Summers

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Office: Holland Hall - Second Floor

Office Phone: 803.321.5617

Email:

loriann.summers@newberry.edu

Degrees:

M.Ed. in Higher Education Business Administration, University of South Carolina, 2014

B.A. in Political Science, University of South Carolina, 1988

Bio:

Lori Ann assumed the role of Vice President for Institutional Advancement in November 2019.

 

The Union native is an established and versatile fundraiser with over two decades' experience in higher education, having most recently led advancement efforts at the University of South Carolina's six health science schools and colleges.

 

Before that, she was Senior Director of Development for the university's College of Engineering and Computing. Over her extensive career, she has also served Auburn University, Colorado College, and the University of Minnesota. She has been a member of the American Cancer Society leadership board in Columbia, and of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

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Whitney Metz

Whitney Metz

Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Office: Holland Hall, 2nd Floor

Office Phone: 803.321.5694

Email:

whitney.metz@newberry.edu

Department:
Office of Advancement

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Johnathan Cochran

Assistant Coach, Cross Country and Track and Field

Email:

johnathan.cochran@newberry.edu
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Jeffrey Wicker

Jeffrey Wicker

Director of Alumni Relations and Giving

Office: Holland Hall 2nd Floor

Office Phone: 803.321.5676

Email:

jeffrey.wicker@newberry.edu

Department:
Office of Advancement

Degrees:

M.B.A., Winthrop University, 2004

B.S., Newberry College, 2002
 

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Mike Hold

Mike Hold

Athletic Club Director

Office: Holland Hall

Office Phone: 803-321-5247

Email:

mike.hold@newberry.edu

Degrees:

B.A., University of South Carolina, 1985

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Jacqueline Hunt

Director of Special Events/Reservations

Office: Dufford House

Office Phone: 803-321-3302

Email:

jacqueline.hunt@newberry.edu

Degrees:

B.A., Columbia College, 1992
M.A., Columbia College, 2006

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Sarah Dougherty

Associate Director of Advancement Services

Office: Holland Hall 2nd Floor

Office Phone: 803-321-5147

Email:

sarah.dougherty@newberry.edu
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Sharon Bryant

Sharon Bryant

Athletic Club Associate Director

Office: O.L. Casey

Office Phone: 803-321-5152

Email:

Sharon.Bryant@Newberry.edu

Degrees:

B.A., Newberry College, 2011 Summa Cum Laude

A.S., Piedmont Technical College, 1996

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Russell Rivers

Russell Rivers

Interim Director of Marketing and Communications, Senior Graphic Designer

Office: Holland Hall - 2nd Floor

Office Phone: 803.947.2053

Email:

russell.rivers@newberry.edu

Department:
Office of Enrollment Management

Degrees:

B.A. in Advertising and Graphic Design, University of South Carolina, 1985

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Allan Dunphy

Assistant Professor, Respiratory Therapy

Office: Keller Hall

Office Phone: 803.321.5220

Email:

allan.dunphy@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Sciences and Mathematics

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Jim Hale

Jim Hale

Associate Development Officer

Office: Holland Hall Second Floor

Office Phone: 803-321-5141

Email:

jim.hale@newberry.edu
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Jeff Handman

Jeff Handman

Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach

Office Phone: 803.321.5301

Email:

jeff.handman@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Athletics

Degrees:

B.A., Lincoln Memorial University

Bio:

Handman, a former Lacrosse player at Lincoln Memorial, is set to bring new coaching experience to the program. His primary focus is defense and working specifically with goalkeepers although he is skilled in coaching both sides of the ball. 

As former assistant coach at West Florida, Handman helped lead the team to an impressive 26-1 record. He specialized with the goalies and defense, helping his team win four championships. Handman went on to coach for Team 91 club team, which has allowed him to gain familiarity with players across the country who have interests in playing at the next level. This allowed for him to build a strong recruiting network in both Florida and North Carolina. 

Handman was also assistant coach at Barton College. In which he was responsible for recruiting, player development, scouting, film breakdown and many other tools which he plans on bringing to the program. At Barton he helped lead the team to conference playoffs as a first year program. 
 

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Emma Lindsay

Alumni Engagement Coordinator

Office: Holland Hall, 2nd Floor

Office Phone: 803.321.5651

Email:

emma.lindsay@newberry.edu

Degrees:

B.A., Communications, Newberry College, 2019

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Ivy Rice

Institutional Advancement Administrative Coordinator

Office: Holland Hall, Upper Central Wing

Office Phone: 803.321.5363

Email:

ivy.rice@newberry.edu

Department:
Office of Advancement

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Whitney Merinar

Whitney Merinar

Registrar

Office: Holland Hall

Office Phone: 803.321.5125

Email:

whitney,merinar@newberry.edu
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Lee Brasche

Lee Brasche

Instructor of Music Education, Choral

Office: AMC, room 218

Email:

lee.brasche@newberry.edu
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Marshall Maddy

Marshall Maddy

Media Services

Office: Holland Hall - 2nd Floor, East Wing

Office Phone: 803.321.5219

Email:

mmaddy@newberry.edu

Department:
Office of Enrollment Management

Degrees:

M.A., Drake University, 1991

B.A., Iowa State University, 1983
 

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Gail Zeigler

Gail Zeigler

Instructor of Music Education

Office Phone: 803.312.2495

Email:

gail.zeigler@newberry.edu
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Jody A. Thompson

Jody A. Thompson

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Office: LMC 204

Office Phone: 803.321.5221

Email:

jody.thompson@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Degrees:

Ph.D., Applied Experimental Psychology, Central Michigan University, 2017

MS, Experimnetal Psychology, Jacksonville State University, 2010

BA, Psychology, University of Alabama, 2008

Bio:

Dr. Thompson is received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology at the University of Alabama in 2008. He received his Masters of Science in 2010 from Jacksonville State University with a concentration in experimental psychology. He also studied applied behavior analysis while there. Dr. Thompson then received his Ph.D. in applied experimental psychology with an emphasis in social psychology from Central Michigan University in 2017. His dissertation focused on brand priming and the effects of a short mindfulness meditation on brand priming. He also conducted research on cooperative behavior, relational aggression from reality television compared to physical aggression in scripted television, and risky behavior. 

Before coming to Newberry, Dr. Thompson taught at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, Ferris State University, and University of North Alabama. His current research interests involve cognitive dissonance, kin selection theory, and mindfulness.

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Sarah Fredrickson

Sarah Fredrickson

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Office: SCM - Room 119A

Email:

sarah.fredrickson@newberry.edu
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Cole Watson

Assistant Football Coach

Email:

cole.watson@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Athletics

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Fico Kondla

Assistant Baseball Coach

Email:

fredrick.kondla@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Athletics

Bio:

Fico Kondla came to Newberry prior to the 2019 season, in which he helped the Wolves win their first-ever regular season South Atlantic Conference championship. The Wolves went 41-16 (21-3 SAC), had winning streaks of 12 and 13 games, and spent eight weeks ranked inside the top 10 on their way to hosting an NCAA Regional.

Kondla helped 2019 SAC Player of the Year Danton Hyman to first team All-Region and Honorable Mention All-American honors. Hyman is one of three Wolves to ever be named a unanimous first team All-Region selection.

Kondla came to Newberry from the Morehead City in the Coastal Plain League, where he served as Marlins' top assistant coach.

Prior to that, Kondla was the head baseball coach/athletic director for SLAM! North Charter School and an assistant baseball coach for Northside Christian Academy, the Florence Red Wolves, and the South Florida Rebels.

Kondla graduated from Coker College in 2014. As a member of the baseball team, he was all-conference and all-region during his time with the team, as well as a two-time team captain.

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Deandra Tsaffaras

Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Office Phone: 803.321.5188

Email:

deandra.tsaffaras@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Athletics

Bio:

Deandra Tsaffaras comes to Newberry from South Atlantic Conference rival Anderson, where she completed her undergraduate degree in kinesiology this past May. Her areas of concentration were children's sport and wellness, nutrition, sports rehab and injury prevention, applied exercise physiology and neuromuscular physiology. This fall will mark her first official tenure in the area of strength and conditioning. 

A former multi event peformer in track and field, she currently resides in Greenville.

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Ryan West

Assistant Baseball - Pitching Coach

Email:

ryan.west@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Athletics

Bio:

Ryan West came to Newberry prior to the 2019 season, one of Newberry's best in school history. West was part of a staff that helped Newberry to a 41-16 (21-3 SAC) record, winning streaks of 12 and 13 games, the school's first-ever South Atlantic Conference championship, and an NCAA Regional hosting bid for the first time. The team was also ranked in the top 10 nationally for eight weeks during the season.

West helped relief pitcher Quinton Driggers to first team All-Region and Second Team All-American honors. Driggers is one of three Wolves to ever be voted as a unanimous All-Region selection

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Justina Teale

Justina Teale

Head Cheerleading Coach

Office Phone: 803.947.2113

Email:

justina.teale@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Athletics

Degrees:

B.S., Mass Communications, Lander University,  2017 

Bio:

Teale attended Lander University in Greenwood, where she was a part of the Cheerleading team for four years and obtained several leadership positions across her campus. Prior to Lander, she attended Barnwell High School where she received All-American honors at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and London's New Year's Day Parade. 

Teale has extensive leadership skills. She served as an instructor for over 200 high school and middle school athletes for the Universal Cheerleaders Association, where she focused on mentoring and enhancing the skills of young athletes across the Southeast. Her positive attitude towards guiding young athletes has shaped her ability to lead a team. She also has experience in coaching as head JV Coach for AC Flora High School, where she was in charge of organizing and implementing training strategies to further enhance the skills of the competitors. 

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Jason Taylor

Head Men's Basketball Coach

Office Phone: 803.321.5153

Email:

jason.taylor@newberry.edu
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Ross  Sons

Ross Sons

Assistant Tennis Coach

Office Phone: 803-413-0741

Email:

ross.sons@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Athletics

Degrees:

Sons, a 2014 Newberry graduate, spent last two seasons assisting the Limestone men's and women's tennis programs. He has helped the Saints' programs combine for three regular season Conference Carolinas championships, a conference tournament title, one NCAA Championship bid, and a No. 27 final national ranking for the Limestone men's program in 2018. Eleven Limestone players attained all-conference honors during his time on staff.
 
Sons also has experience as an assistant coach at River Bluff High School in Lexington and has instructed at three private clubs in the greater Columbia area, including serving two years as the head tennis professional at Rockbridge Club.
 
As a player, Sons racked up 29 singles wins and 37 doubles victories during his four seasons on the team. He played most frequently at No. 5 singles and No. 3 doubles, although he competed in every position except the top singles flight during his career. He amassed 33 wins in South Atlantic Conference play between singles and doubles action.

Bio:

B.A., Newberry College, 2014

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Hannah Rotello

Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach

Office Phone: 803.321.3325

Email:

hannah.rotello@newberry.edu

Degrees:

Rotello most recently worked as a graduate assistant at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia.

While a graduate assistant, Rotello helped with practices, focusing mostly on the defensive side of the ball. She also worked with players on academics, helped with recruiting, scheduled travel, and broke down film. Prior to Wheeling Jesuit, she worked as an undergraduate intern in the athletic department at Lee University, assisting with compliance and game operations for fall sports.

Rotello graduated from Lee with a bachelor's degree in mathematics in the spring of 2018. She resides in Newberry.

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Megan Nilson

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Office Phone: 803.321.5184

Email:

megan.nilson@newberry.edu
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Liz Doherty

Assistant Coach, Women's Field Hockey

Office Phone: 803.321.3321

Email:

elizabeth.doherty@newberry.edu

Degrees:

Doherty was a four year starter on the field hockey team at The State University of New York at Geneseo. She finished with 28 career points, 11 goals, six assists, and 11 defensive saves. She was named SUNYAC All-Rookie and second team in 2013. She also made the SUNYAC All-Tournament team in 2016 while serving as captain for SUNY Geneso's championship-winning team. 

Doherty served as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee during her four years at SUNY Geneso. She held several leadership positions throughout, establishing the importance of being dominant both on and off the field.

While pursuing her masters degree in Business Administration at Nichols College, Doherty was a graduate assistant coach for the 2017-18 season. During that season the Bison had their highest win total since 2012 and snapped a 35-game losing skid to Commonwealth Coast Conference foes. Doherty completed her Master of Business Administration Degree from Nichols in June of 2019, finishing with a 4.0 GPA. 

Aside from Doherty's graduate assistantship as a coach, she worked with Element Athletics out of Northampton, Massachusetts. She was over the U14 Indoor Hockey team.

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Tony Bixler

Tony Bixler

Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Office: PHE

Office Phone: 803.321.5188

Email:

tony.bixler@newberry.edu

Degrees:

Tony Bixler joined the Newberry Strength and Conditioning staff in February 2019.

Before coming to Newberry, Bixler worked with the Chinese Olympic Committee in Beijing China, as the head performance coach for the 2018 World Champion Men's Rifle Team.  the World Champion rifle athletes. He prepared the athletes by designing and implementing both in-season & off-season strength and conditioning programs. Prior to that, he worked as an assistant football coach at Westwood High School in Blythewood, S.C. from 2016-2017. While there he assisted with strength and conditioning while also coaching wide receivers, and tight ends. In 2015, he worked with the football team at AC Flora High School in Columbia, S.C. He assisted with strength and conditioning program while coaching quarterbacks. 

Bixler interned with the University of South Carolina's strength and conditioning staff, working primarily with women's basketball during the 2014-15 season. His job entailed managing in-season workouts and teaching proper technique. During the spring, summer and fall of 2014, he worked at Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, S.C. as an assistant football coach. While there, he coached the wide receivers and assisted with strength and conditioning. From 2010-2013, he was an assistant football coach at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, S.C.. During his tenure, he co-authored the team's strength and conditioning program, also working with the quarterbacks and running backs.

Bixler also gained experience in sports performance while owning and operating Bixler Fitness.  He implemented various strength and conditioning programs that helped athletes achieve their goals. Bixler is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  He is also a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting.   

Bixler earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina in 2004. He worked for the Richland County Sheriff's Department from 2004-2010, initially as a Uniform Deputy and later as a Criminal Investigator.  In 2017, he earned his Master of

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Cole Birchfield

Men's Assistant Basketball Coach

Office: PHE 210

Office Phone: 803.321.5677

Email:

cole.birchfield@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Athletics

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Cassie Babb

Assistant Coach for Dance

Office Phone: 803.321.3324

Email:

cassie.babb@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Athletics

Bio:

Cassie Babb joined the Newberry College Dance program in August 2019. Babb, a Newberry College graduate, was a Student Ambassador from 2015-18, earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2015 and being named Student Ambassador of the Year in 2017. She was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma and Sigma Alpha Pi, served as President of the Social Justice Club, and was an Ally for the Campus Alliance for Respect and Diversity. She is a Greenwood native that attended Emerald High School.

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Lauren Alston

Lauren Alston

Head Dance Coach

Office Phone: 803.321.3324

Email:

lauren.alston@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Athletics

Bio:

Lauren Alston has was hired as the head coach for Newberry's Dance program in August 2019. Alston, a Columbia native, has learned from choreographers that include two Emmy Award winners, a backup dancer for Whitney Houston and Chris Brown, a principle dancer for the New York City Ballet, a choreographer for the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Emmys, and Grammys, and a So You Think You Can Dance winner.
 
She began her professional career at age 16, touring various cities in China over the course of a month and performing over 40 shows. She has performed in several commercials and music videos and has worked extensively in choreography, directing dance studios, and judging dance competitions and conventions at the national and regional level. Collegiately, she performed as a member of the Carolina Girls while attending the University of South Carolina. Alston will lead the rebranded Dance program, which was formerly known as Scarlet Poms.
 

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Karina Tarbell

Karina Tarbell

Housing and Residence Life

Office: Derrick Hall

Office Phone: 803.321.5623

Email:

karina.tarbell@newberry.edu

Degrees:

B.A., English, Newberry College, 2019

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Annette Hunter

Annette Hunter

Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

Office: CTE 106D

Office Phone: 803.321.5603

Email:

annette.hunter@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Teacher Education

Degrees:

Ph.D., Postsecondary and Adult Education, Capella University

M.Ed., Gifted Education, Widener University

M.Ed., Special Education, Widener University

B.S. in Elementary Education, Temple University 

Bio:

Dr. Annette Hunter has been in the state of South Carolina for 29 years, and she is so blessed to have joined Newberry College as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education. Hunter received a B.S. in elementary education from Temple University, a M.Ed. in both gifted and special education from Widener University, and a Ph.D. in postsecondary and adult education from Capella University.

Hunter's doctrine of education is not about why her students are in her classroom, but about why each subject she will teach them will play a significant part in the learning process.  This follows through with getting her students involved and letting them experience what they are learning.  She believes that through class experiments, class discussions, or any other activity that stimulates and promotes students’ cognitive ability and awareness, learning will progress. 

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Gabrielle Scott

Gabrielle Scott

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Office Phone: 803.321.5118

Email:

gabrielle.scott@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Nursing

Degrees:

M.S., Nursing-Nurse Educator, Francis Marion Unversity, 2018

B.S., Nursing, Francis Marion University, 2008

 

Bio:

Gabrielle Scott received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing  and her Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis on Nursing Education from Francis Marion University. 

Prior to joining the full time Newberry faculty in 2019, Scott taught full time in a Practical Nursing Program and served as a clinical instructor for a BSN program.  Scott has been a Registered Nurse for 11 years and her areas of expertise include Medical-Surgical, Special Procedures, and Nephrology.
 
Scott is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and feels she can best serve by teaching and mentoring students to care for patients holistically.

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Joel E. Velez

Business Analyst & Technical Advisor for Enrollment Management

Office: Welcome Center

Office Phone: 803.947.2063

Email:

joel.velez@newberry.edu

Degrees:


B.A.Integrated Media, Digital Art, and Technology, Lake Erie College

Associate of Arts, Computer Science, University of Findlay

 

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Milena E. Velez

Director of Admission

Office: Welcome Center

Office Phone: 803.321.5276

Email:

milena.velez@newberry.edu

Department:
Office of Enrollment Management

Degrees:

M.B.A., Lake Erie College, 2014

B.A., Creative Writing and Politics, Oberlin College, 2007

Bio:

Before coming to Newberry, Velez served the University of Findlay as assistant director of graduate and transfer admission, beginning in 2015. In this role, she led a team of three admissions counselors and redesigned admission processes for all 16 of the institution’s graduate and post-graduate programs. Before that, she served the university as transfer admissions advisor from 2014-2015. Velez also served Lake Erie College as a public relations staff writer and senior admissions counselor before her appointment as interim director of admission in 2014.

 

Velez holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Lake Erie College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in creative writing and politics from Oberlin College.

 

She and her husband, Joel, a business analyst and technical advisor for Newberry’s enrollment management division, reside in Chapin with their daughter, Stella.

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Teresa Smith

Interim VP Administrative Affairs/CFO Business Affairs

Office: Holland Hall

Office Phone: 803.321.3353

Email:

teresa.smith@newberry.edu

Department:
Office of the Vice President for Administrative Affairs

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LaShawn Hanes

LaShawn Hanes

Coordinator of Disability Services

Office: Center for Student Success

Office Phone: 803.321.5277

Email:

lashawn.hanes@newberry.edu

Department:
Office of Educational Services

Degrees:

M.A., Educational Technology, Michigan State University, 2014

B.A., Learning Disabilities Education, Michigan State University, 2012

Bio:

Hanes joined the Newberry College staff with the 2019-2020 academic year, coming to Newberry from Owosso (Mich.) Public Schools, where she served as a special education teacher and caseload manager for six years. She has also served in equity inclusion and academic affairs at the University of Michigan, as adjunct faculty at Baker College, and as a high school-level basketball and volleyball coach.

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Terrence Knock

Terrence Knock

Coordinator and Head Coach of Esports

Office: Wright Hall - Apex Arena

Office Phone: 803.321.5268

Email:

terrence.knock@newberry.edu

Department:
Office of Student Affairs

Degrees:

M.A., Sports Administration, University of Miami, 2019

B.A., International Security and Conflict Resolution, San Diego State University, 2010

Bio:

Terrence Knock leads Newberry College's newly-minted competitive gaming program, also known as esports. Knock, an Air Force captain and officer-in-charge of esports and fitness evaluations for the U.S. Air Force Academy, begins with the 2019-2020 season.

“Adopting esports at Newberry College allows students the opportunity to grow and compete in a greater number of ways, and it is a vehicle for technologically-savvy students to put their skills to work,” said Dean of Students Dr. Sandra Rouse. “This puts Newberry at the front of an expanding frontier, and we couldn’t be happier to have Mr. Knock leading the charge.”

Though not a traditional sport, competitive gaming has become thefastest-growing spectator sport in the world. As with any intercollegiate sport, students will win a seat on the team roster based on their playing ability and will be eligible for scholarships. The Newberry program will compete in team-based video games “Overwatch” and “League of Legends,” and will be supported by the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE).

In 2018, Knock cofounded the academy’s esports program, the first of its kind for any military service academy. Knock retired from the Air Force with eight years of active duty service.

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Daniel Ownbey

Daniel Ownbey

Assistant Wrestling Coach

Office: Physical Education Complex

Office Phone: 803.321.5155

Email:

daniel.ownbey@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Athletics

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Racquel Prager

Women's Head Lacrosse Coach

Office: CTE, 122-a

Office Phone: 803.321.3325

Email:

raquel.prager@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Athletics

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Andrew Husk

Andrew Husk

Coordinator for Civic EngagementMuller Center

Office: Muller Center

Office Phone: 803.321.5615

Department:
The Muller Center at Newberry College

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Roger Keesling

Head Men's and Women's Track & Field; Cross Country Coach

Office Phone: 803.947.2115

Email:

roger.keesling@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Athletics

Bio:

Director of Athletics Ralph Patterson announced the hiring of Roger Keesling as Newberry's new head coach for the men's and women's cross country program in February 2019.
 
"We couldn't be more pleased to announce Roger as our new head cross country coach," Patterson said. "We look forward to his leadership and his desire to develop a championship caliber program. He will also coach the distance runners in our men's and women's track and field program."

"I'd like to thank President Scherrens and Ralph Patterson for this great opportunity," stated Keesling. "I'm looking forward to being a part of the athletic family at Newberry College. I'm looking forward to hitting the ground running and working with the men and women on both the cross country and track teams, and I'm excited to build this program and take us to new heights and new opportunities."
 
Keesling joins the Wolves from Mississippi State, where he has spent over five years working with the Bulldogs' cross country and track and field teams as an assistant coach. He primarily worked with middle distance and distance events, as well as the horizontal and vertical jump events and the multi-events, in track and field.
 
While in Starkville, Keesling helped the Bulldogs compile 66 all-Southeastern Conference selections, nine SEC champions, 16 All-Americans, and four individual national champions between the indoor and outdoor seasons. The men's team twice finished eighth nationally at the outdoor championships while the women's team peaked at No. 13.
 
A PhD candidate in Kinesiology, Keesling was also in charge of Mississippi State's biomechanics program that assessed each student-athlete and developed a unique set of drills and exercises to help improve running form and mechanics.
 
Prior to Mississippi State, Keesling spent a total of six years coaching high school cross country, track and field, baseball, and football. He was also a high school state champion in Kansas in the 3200 meter run, won three collegiate conference championships, and was a six-time national qualifier between cross country and track and field.

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Belle Mazurik

Assistant Director, Center for Student Success

Office: Center for Student Success

Office Phone: 803.321.5148

Email:

belle.mazurik@newberry.edu

Department:
Office of Educational Services

Degrees:

M.A., Student Affairs in Higher Education, Slippery Rock University, 2018

B.A., English, Allegheny College, 2016

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Brian Shealy

Member At-Large

Degrees:

MBA, University of South Carolina (2007)

B.A., Business Administration and Computer Science, Newberry College (2004)

Bio:

Brian Shealy is a fourth-generation co-owner of Economy Furniture Company in Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. 

 

He earned his bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and Computer Science from Newberry in 2004, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of South Carolina in 2007. Shealy serves as president of the Newberry College Athletic Club, he is a member of the Newberry College Letterman's Club, and he was a 2015 recipient of the Phillip T. Kelly, Jr. Young Alumni Award.

 

Shealy is active as council president at Wittenberg Lutheran Church in Batesburg-Leesville, board member and past president of the Batesburg-Leesville Chamber of Commerce, secretary of the Leesville Merchants Association, and a committee member of the Ridge Flyaway Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

 

An avid woodworker and waterfowl hunter, Shealy resides in Batesburg-Leesville with his wife, Kayce McLeod Shealy '05, and their children, Kate, Jack, and James.

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LaDreina George

LaDreina George

Housing and Residence Life

Office: Derrick

Office Phone: 803.321.3321

Email:

l.george@newberry.edu

Department:
Office of Student Affairs

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Jennifer Bickley

Jennifer Bickley

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Office: SCM 118

Office Phone: 803.321.5671

Email:

jennifer.bickley@newberry.edu

Degrees:

MSN, specialization in Nursing Education, South University, 2017

BSN, Newberry College, 2014

Bio:

Jennifer Bickley obtained her BSN from Newberry College in 2014 and her MSN from South University in 2017. She earned her graduate degree from South University with a specialization in nursing education. Though not currently enrolled, she would like to continue her knowledge in nursing education in an accredited doctoral program within the next 2 years. Before becoming a full-time faculty member at Newberry College in the spring of 2019, Jennifer served as an adjunct instructor for the Fundamentals course at Newberry College in the fall of 2018. Jennifer also taught clinicals for Fundamentals and Medical-Surgical courses at Newberry College and the University of South Carolina from the years 2016-2018. Jennifer has worked as a Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse at Lexington Medical Center since 2014 and has served as a unit preceptor while employed in this role. She holds Medical-Surgical certification through the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board and Basic Life Support Certification through the American Heart Association. Jennifer’s professional goal is to serve as a nurse educator who positively influences the nursing profession by holistically stimulating nursing students and nursing education.

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Susan Ludwick

Susan Ludwick

Chair, Department of Nursing

Office: SCM 125

Office Phone: 803.321.5104

Email:

susan.ludwick@newberry.edu

Bio:

Dr. Susan Ludwick, DNP, MSN, RN (Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Nursing) is originally from Kansas City, MO and grew up in Overland Park, KS. She obtained her BSN from Wichita State University in Wichita, KS; she obtained her MSN from The University of Wyoming and she received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (emphasizing Leadership & Public Health Nursing) from The University of Kansas in May 2017. 

Dr. Ludwick has been a Registered Nurse since 1992 and has been a Nursing Educator since 1996. Her clinical background includes working in Medical Surgical areas, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, and Community Health. She feels that nursing education is where her heart is and has been a nursing educator in several areas including Maternal Child Health, Community Health, Fundamentals, Leadership, Nursing History, and Pharmacology. 

Dr. Ludwick’s research interests emphasize vulnerable populations especially women and children living with homelessness, postpartum depression, and the emotional needs of nursing students. She has participated in podium presentations at regional and national nursing conferences. She is a member of Nurse’s Christian Fellowship, Sigma Theta Tau International, and serves as the Sub-editor of Nurse’s Christian Fellowship International on-line journal. She and her husband have three children.

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Clorissa Orrick

Admission Counselor

Office: Admission Welcome Center

Office Phone: 803.947.2062

Email:

clorissa.orrick@newberry.edu

Department:
Office of Enrollment Management

Degrees:

B.A., University of Evansville, 2016

Bio:

If you live in the following counties in South Carolina, contact Clorissa for more information about Newberry College:

Chesterfield Marlboro Dillon  Darlington
Lee Kershaw Florence Marion
Horry Georgetown Williamsburg Clarendon
Berkeley Dorchester Colleton Hampton,
Jasper Beaufort  Charleston  

 

If you live in the following states, contact Clorissa for more information about Newberry College:

Alaska

Alabama Arkansas Arizona California Colorado
Delaware Florida Hawaii Iowa Idaho

Illinois

Indiana Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Michigan
Minnesota Missouri Mississippi Montana North Carolina

North Dakota

Nebraska New Hampshire New Mexico Nevada Ohio Oklahoma
Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Dakota Tennessee Utah
Vermont Washington Wisconsin West Virginia Wyoming  
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Jenny Lindler

Jenny Lindler

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Office: SCM 119G

Office Phone: 803.321.5630

Email:

jenny.lindler@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Nursing

Degrees:

MSN -- South University (2016)

BSN -- Newberry College (2011)

Bio:

Jenny Lindler's professional goal has always been to become a nurse educator who empowers students to become the best nurse they can be, contribute to nursing research and help in shaping the future of nursing.

 

Lindler received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Newberry College and her Master of Science in Nursing from South University.She served as a clinical instructor and adjunct faculty for Newberry College since 2016, joining the College's full-time faculty in 2017. She also previously worked as a nurse educator at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, SC. 

 

Lindler is a practicing Registered Nurse since 2011 with experience in several areas, including Cardiac Telemetry, Medical-Surgical, Oncology, Geriatrics, and Family Practice. She is nationally certified as a medical-surgical nurse. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. 

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Christopher Harris

Christopher Harris

Dean of Enrollment Management

Office: Admission Welcome Center

Office Phone: 803.947.2110

Email:

chris.harris@newberry.edu

Department:
Office of Enrollment Management

Degrees:

Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Concordia University Portland (In Process)

M.A. in Education, Heidelberg Univesity

B.S. in Communication, West Liberty University

Bio:

Christopher M. Harris joined Newberry College as Dean of Enrollment Management effective Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. He provides leadership and strategic planning for the recruitment and enrollment of both traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate degree-completion programs and financial aid. As a member of the College’s senior leadership team, Harris advises the president and others on recruitment strategies and tactics for current enrollment and future growth.

 

Harris came to Newberry from Ohio-based University of Findlay, where he served as Director of Admission (2014-2018) and helped that university achieve record-breaking enrollment and supported year-to-year retention gains. Previously, he served as Dean of Admission and Financial Aid (2010-2014) at Lake Erie College, where he provided strategic direction for the institution’s new student recruitment efforts, including undergraduate, graduate, transfer, dual enrollment and international student constituencies.

 

Prior to that, he served as Director of Financial Aid (2009-2010) at Hondros College of Nursing, where he developed and monitored financial aid processes across multiple departments. He served as Dean of Enrollment and Student Services (2003-2009) at MedCentral College of Nursing, where he led significant enrollment growth and increased student retention by 20 percent in four years. At Paul Smith’s College, where he served as Director of Admissions (2001-2003), he partnered with academic deans and program chairs to identify, develop and market new degree programs.

 

Harris completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from West Liberty University. He earned his Master of Arts in Education degree from Heidelberg University and is completing his doctorate in Higher Education Leadership at Concordia University-Portland. He has a long-held tradition of volunteer and community service, most recently as a volunteer with the Miracle League of Hancock County Buddy for Baseball program, The Make It Fit Foundation and the Heart of Ohio Girls Softball Association.

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Alexis Carrillo

Assistant Director of Game Operations

Office: O.L. Casey

Email:

alexis.carrillo@newberry.edu

Department:
Office of the Director of Athletics

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Brian Woods

Management Trainee

Office: Holland Hall, First Floor

Office Phone: 803.321.5119

Email:

b.woods@newberry.edu

Department:
Office of Administrative Affairs

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Sam Lofts

Sam Lofts

Assistant Men's Soccer Coach

Office: Soccer House

Office Phone: 803.321.5375

Email:

sam.lofts@newberry.edu

Department:
Office of the Director of Athletics

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Sara Turner

Accounting Coordinator

Office: Holland Hall, room 103

Office Phone: 803.321.5103

Email:

sara.turner@newberry.edu

Department:
Office of Administrative Affairs

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Brittany Noble

Brittany Noble

Academic Specialist

Office: Center For Student Success

Office Phone: 803.321.5187

Email:

brittany.noble@newberry.edu
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Joanna Tremble

Joanna Tremble

Assistant Professor of Physical Education

Office: Center for Teacher Education, room 106F

Email:

joanna.tremble@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Sport Professions

Degrees:

M.A., Physical Education, University of South Florida, 2012

B.S., Business Administration and Sport Management, Aquinas College (MI), 2009

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David Fowler

David Fowler

Chair of Department of Business Administration

Office: McClurg 311A

Office Phone: 803.956.9937

Email:

david.fowler@newberry.edu

Department:
Business Administration

Degrees:

Ph.D., University of Texas at Tyler, 2018 

MBA, Mississippi State University, 2014 

B.B.A., University of Louisiana at Monroe, 2012 

Vocational Certification: Culinary Arts, Bossier Parish Community College

Bio:

Dr. Fowler received his Ph.D. in Human Resource Development: Organizational Development and Change from the University of Texas at Tyler, M.B.A. in Management from Mississippi State University, B.B.A. in Management from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and vocational certification in Culinary Arts from Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana. His doctoral research and dissertation focused on transitional and transformational leadership within organizational change.  Newberry College announced that Dr. Fowler will chair the Department of Business Administration beginning in July 2019. 

 

He is a scholar-practitioner who worked in diverse fields for over two decades. During his public employment tenure, he managed teams ranging in size from four to over one hundred members in the information technology, customer service, and hospitality industries. His I.T. career focused on organizational business transitions and deployments, in a change management context, for a global Fortune 500 company. Dr. Fowler also served as an executive chef, working across the southern United States in hotels, casinos, and country clubs. 

 

Prior to arriving at Newberry College in 2018, Dr. Fowler taught organizational change to business professionals in a global corporate environment. He also served as adjunct faculty, teaching management and information systems in a culinary, hotel, and restaurant management program at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division. Additionally, he consulted with religious establishments experiencing organizational transitions, and collaborated with numerous human resource development scholars, focusing on leadership research. 

 

Dr. Fowler is a passionate fan of college athletics, an accomplished vocalist, and adores cooking for others. He and his wife Victoria are “empty-nesters”, and relish in traveling the backroads of the United States in search of out of the way accommodations and culinary delights. They also enjoy serving in their local church as members of the choir and praise team.

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Cynthia Eshleman

Cynthia Eshleman

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Office: McClurg 202A

Email:

cynthia.eshleman@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Degrees:

M.S., West Chester University, 2005

J.D., NC Central University School of Law, 2002

B.S., Appalachian State University, 1999
 

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Lindsy Boateng

Lindsy Boateng

Assistant Professor of Biology

Office: SCM Room 211

Email:

lindsy.boateng@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Sciences and Mathematics

Degrees:

Ph. D., Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015

M.S., Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin, La-Crosse, 2009

B.S., Environmental Biology, University of Wisconsin, La-Crosse, 2005

Bio:

Dr. Lindsy Boateng performed her Ph.D. work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and focused on cancer cell invasion research. Her research interests were focused on how proteins of the cell alter their behaviors in cancer and cancer-like cells in order to invade through tissues and migrate to new sites. Specifically, she studied actin-binding proteins and their role in cell structures termed "invadosomes" that secrete degrading enzymes into the surrounding environment. Such mechanisms enable cancer cells to metastasize and make cancers difficult to treat. After this work, Dr. Boateng performed some preliminary research in C. elegans to study cell migration in a live model organism during its embryonic development. 

 

Dr. Boateng came to Newberry College with teaching experiences both as a graduate student instructor of introductory Biology courses and labs, as well as an adjunct professor of Biology and Earth Science courses. Currently she enjoys teaching in her specialties of Genetics and Cell Biology at Newberry. It is Dr. Boateng's passion to see students thrive regardless of academic or personal challenges and develop scientific skills that will empower each student in their career pursuits. 

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Jared Woolstenhulme

Jared Woolstenhulme

Assistant Professor of Education

Office: CTE 106B

Office Phone: 803.321.5202

Email:

jared.woolstenhulme@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Teacher Education

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Dora Bates

Dora Bates

Admission Counselor

Office: Admission Welcome Center

Office Phone: 803.321.5132

Email:

shandora.bates@newberry.edu

Department:
Office of Enrollment Management

Bio:

If you live in the following counties in South Carolina, contact Shandora for more information about Newberry College:

 Oconee Pickens Greenville Spartanburg
Cherokee Union  Laurens Anderson
Abbeville Greenwood  McCormick Edgefield
Aiken Barnwell Bamberg Allendale

 

If you live in the following states, contact Shandora for more information about Newberry College: 

Connecticut Georgia
Massachusetts  Maryland
New Jersey New York
Texas Virginia
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Joyce (Roof) Carter

Joyce (Roof) Carter

Alumni Board of Managers Representative

Degrees:

B.A., Music Education -- Newberry College (1982)

Bio:

Joyce Roof Carter graduated from Newberry College in 1982 with a B.A. in Music Education, and earned an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina in 1996. 

 

Joyce's educational career began in 1982 as a general music teacher at Newberry Junior High School. She was then employed by Lexington County School District One where she worked for the next 27 years. She taught seventh and eighth grade chorus at Lexington Middle School where she was named School and District Teacher of the Year. In 1988, she was appointed assistant principal for Administration and Instruction at Red Bank Elementary School and was promoted to principal of that school in 1994. In 1999, she was asked to become principal to organize and open the new Lake Murray Elementary School that began serving students in the 1999-2000 academic year.

 

In 2002, Joyce was appointed as director of Elementary Education at the district level and was was promoted in 2007 to district assistant superintendent for Instruction, a position she held until her retirement in 2010. She was recognized as the South Carolina Association of Educational Office Professionals in 2005.   

 

Since her retirement, Joyce has worked as an educational consultant and owns a small business providing interior design services and creating home accessories. She teaches piano and is a caretaker for several family members. Joyce has served in numerous church, civic and professional roles throughout the years and currently serves on the Lexington County First Steps Board and is president for the Newberry College Alumni Association. Joyce is married to banker Jeffrey Mark Carter and they have homes in Cayce and Blair, SC.  

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John Yates

John Yates

Trustee Emeritus

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John VanDuys

Trustee Emeritus

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Lenna C. Young

Lenna C. Young

Secretary

Office: Gilbert, SC

Degrees:

Ph.D. - Clemson University

M.Ed.- University of Central Florida-Orlando

B.A., Guidance and Counseling - Newberry College

Bio:

Dr. Lenna C. Young is a retired higher education leader and educator. She most recently served as Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Greenville Technical College, retiring from that position in December 2017. As a seasoned leader in educational settings, Dr. Young has long championed quality education through teaching excellence. She arrived at Greenville Technical College in August 2009 where she first served as Dean of Business and Public Service, focusing on supporting faculty to offer innovative teaching practices and service to students and leading academics to offer world-class status career and technical education.

 

Prior to her career in higher education, Dr. Young followed her military spouse for nearly 25 years across the U.S. and Europe. During that time, she began her federal civilian service career leading military children and youth programming for moer than 10 years as a program director or curriculum and training specialist. Her federal civilian service also included four years as a budget analyst for U. S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) research and development and procurement accounts. While serving at SOCOM, Dr. Young was nominated as one of a limited number of civilians to complete the Air Force’s Squadron Officer Leadership School. During her service in federal civilian service, Dr. Young was selected as a recipient of the Army Special Act Award and the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Medal.

 

Upon returning to South Carolina, Dr. Young began teaching in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Program at Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, SC, as an adjunct faculty member. At the same time, she began her doctoral studies at Clemson University where she also taught as a graduate teaching assistant and worked as a graduate research assistant. Dr. Young later accepted the position as ECD Program Coordinator at Tri-County Technical College and began the program’s self-study for the National Association for the Education of Young Children Associate Degree Accreditation resulting in the program being one of the first 30 in the nation to receive accreditation. Dr. Young was later appointed as the Department Head for Public Services.

 

Dr. Young’s community involvement prior to her return to South Carolina included service on the Board of Directors for the Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Non-Violence and the Board of Directors of the Biloxi (Mississippi) Chamber of Commerce where she assisted in initiating military welcome dinners and orientations to integrate military members into the community. While living in Greenville, Dr. Young’s service included:  Academic Members Council, University Center of Greenville; Furman University Undergraduate Evening Studies Advisory Council; Greenville Hospital System MedEx Academy Advisory Board; and Greenville Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.

 

A native South Carolinian, Dr. Young earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology / Guidance and Counseling from Newberry College, Newberry, South Carolina, and a Master of Education from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida. She completed her doctoral studies at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, with research focused on the selection and effects of professional development on teaching quality. Dr. Young and her husband, Colonel (Retired) Lance S. Young, reside in Gilbert, SC. 

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Jeanette Davis

Jeanette Davis

Member At-Large

Office: Hilton Head, SC

Bio:

Jeanette McKenney Davis is a 1988 graduate of Newberry College. As a student at Newberry, she served as vice president of the Delta Mu chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority, treasurer of the Panhellenic Council, was a football cheerleader, a member of Cardinal Key, a member of the Student Admissions Committee and was the 1987 homecoming queen.

 

After graduation, Jeanette worked in her family’s business in Columbia as a bookkeeper until 2000, when she and her husband, Mike '87, opened their event rental business in Hilton Head, S.C. They owned and operated that business, adding a second location in Savannah, Ga., until 2007, when they they sold the business. They currently own and operate Village Self Storage, located in Bluffton, S.C. 

 

Jeanette has served as a member of the Chapter Advisory Board for the Delta Mu chapter of Kappa Delta. She is a past president of the Lake Murray – Irmo Woman’s Club and served as a District President for the South Carolina General Federation of Woman’s Clubs. She was the fundraising chairman for the Hilton Head Elementary School’s PTA and has volunteered with Operation 200% reading program at the school. Jeanette founded the Low Country, SC Kappa Delta Alumnae Chapter in 2009 and currently serves on the Kappa Delta Sorority’s National Leadership Team as an Alumnae Chapter Specialist for North Carolina and South Carolina. She has served on several committees for the American Rental Association.

 

Jeanette received the Newberry College Alumni Association’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 1995.

 

Jeanette and Mike are members of Hilton Head Island Community Church, where she is a member of the Guest Services team, the One Community committee, and is the Backpack Buddies coordinator. They have two grown children, Joey and Lauren, who live in Atlanta.

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Joel Carter

Joel Carter

ELCA South Carolina Synod Representative

Office: West Columbia, SC

Degrees:

B.S., Architecture -- Clemson University

B.S., Building, Construction and Management - Clemson University

Bio:

Joel M. Carter graduated from Brookland-Cayce High School in Cayce, S.C., in 1978. He continued his education at Clemson University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Architecture in 1982; a Bachelor of Science degree in Building, Construction and Management in 1983; and an Overseas Study in Genoa, Italy through the College of Architecture in 1983.

 

Carter’s 23 years of architectural experience includes expertise in design, construction documents and job observation on all types of corporate, educational and church building facilities; as well as managing a staff of 16 architects, CAD technicians, designers and administrative personnel. Carter has been a Registered Architect in the state of South Carolina since 1990, and a principal of Jumper Carter Sease Architects, formerly Drafts & Jumper Architects, since 1991. His professional organizations include: American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education, AIA SC Board of Directors, 2002 - 2005; and AIA/AGC Joint Cooperative Committee, 1998 – present; former chairman 1999 – 2003.

 

In the community, he has been involved with the Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club, 1985 – present; Lexington Chamber of Commerce; Saint Stephen Lutheran Church - Church Council Member, 1997 – 2000; Speakers’ Bureau for 2004 Bond Referendum – Lexington School District One; Task Force for Facilities Nomenclature, 2003 - Lexington School District One; and Lexington County Board of Adjusters, 2005 - present.

 

Carter enjoys sailing, fishing, hunting and traveling. He is a dedicated Newberry College and Clemson football fan. He is married to Dee H. Carter, MD, formerly of Rock Hill, S.C. They have one son, Tyler, who is a graduate of Newberry College.

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Marcus Johnson

Science Lab Manager

Office: SCM- Room 321A

Office Phone: 803.321.5261

Email:

marcus.johnson@newberry.edu

Degrees:

M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008

B.S., North Carolina State University, 2005

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Joe Wilson

Assistant Coach, Men's Lacrosse

Office: Center for Teacher Education, Room 122A

Office Phone: 803.321.5301

Email:

joe.wilson@newberry.edu
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Nick Cotter

Head Coach, Men's Lacrosse

Office: Center for Teacher Education, Room 122A

Office Phone: 803.321.5301

Email:

nick.cotter@newberry.edu
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Zach Edmunds

Assistant Coach, Tight Ends

Office: Physical Education Complex, Room 206

Email:

zach.edmunds@newberry.edu
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Taylor Cornett

Offensive Linebackers Coach

Office: Physical Education Complex, Room 206

Office Phone: 803.321.5173

Email:

taylor.cornett@newberry.edu
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Todd Varn

Offensive Coordinator/ Quarterbacks

Office: Physical Educations Complex, Room 206

Office Phone: 803.321.5143

Email:

todd.varn@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Athletics

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Jasmine Small

Strength and Conditioning

Office: Physical Education Complex, Weight Room

Email:

jasmine.small@newberry.edu
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Neil Ehlers

Athletic Training

Office: McLean

Office Phone: 803.321.5170

Email:

neil.ehlers@newberry.edu
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Lisa Wicker

Accounting

Office: Holland Hall

Office Phone: 803.321.5199

Email:

lisa.wicker@newberry.edu

Department:
Office of Administrative Affairs

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Casey Petrusic

Assistant Director of Compliance

Office: O.L. Casey

Office Phone: 803.947.2103

Email:

casey.petrusic

Department:
Office of the Director of Athletics

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Ross Kessler

Head Volleyball Coach

Office: PE Complex, Rm 211

Office Phone: 803.321.5237

Email:

ross.kessler@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Athletics

Bio:

Kessler has spent the last four seasons in the Division I ranks as an assistant coach. In 2017 he helped Arkansas State to a 21-win season as Offensive Coordinator, overseeing setter and attacker training and development. A former setter, Kessler also worked extensively with the Red Wolves' setters in the areas of footwork and peripheral vision.


He spent the 2016 season at Troy coordinating the Trojans' defense while also training the setters, helping six players surpass 120 digs and two players attain 95 blocks. He held the same role at Georgia Southern the previous year, where Eagles' libero Alex Beecher ranked 10th nationally and led the Sun Belt Conference in digs per set while setting a school record for total digs.

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Amanda Halfacre

Amanda Halfacre

Director of Housing

Office: Derrick Hall

Office Phone: 803.321.5328

Email:

Amanda.Halfacre@newberry.edu

Department:
Office of the Dean of Student Affairs

Degrees:


M.S., Western Illinois University, 2011
B.A., Iowa State University, 2008
 

Bio:

Amanda Halfacre previously worked at DePauw University working in Residence Life, Greek Life and Student Conduct. 

 

In her role as the Director of Housing and Residence Life at Newberry College, Amanda provides oversight and support for all students living on campus. 

 

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Danielle Moore

Danielle Moore

Associate Director of Financial Aid

Office: Welcome Center

Office Phone: 803-321-5128

Email:

danielle.bell@newberry.edu

Degrees:

M.Ed., Columbia College, 2013

B.S., Lander University, 2005

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Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith

Director of Career Services

Office: Center for Student Success

Office Phone: 803-321-5362

Email:

patrick.smith@newberry.edu

Department:
Office of Educational Services

Degrees:


M.S.E., The University of Akron, 2014
B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2012
 

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Sarah Bryant

Sarah Bryant

Professor of Business Administration

Office: McClurg 311B

Office Phone: 803-321-5673

Email:

sarah.bryant@newberry.edu

Department:
Business Administration

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Bernie Coaxum

Bernie Coaxum

Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Office: Eleazer 210

Office Phone: 803.321.5665

Email:

bernie.coaxum@newberry.edu

Department:
Office of Student Affairs

Degrees:

B.A., Communications, College of Charleston, 2004

Bio:

Bernie Coaxum is in his first season as an assistant coach for Newberry College.

 

Coaxum comes to Newberry after one season as an assistant at Pfeiffer. During the 2016-17 season, Coaxum played an important role in helping the Falcons compile a 26-5 overall record and win the Conference Carolinas regular season championship. In addition, the Falcons were ranked nationally in the NCAA Division II polls and received a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Coaxum's main role as the defensive coordinator helped the Falcons set a school record in steals at (391) which ranked 2nd nationally in NCAA Division II. The Falcons were also ranked No. 1 in the country in forced turnovers at (725) with an average of 23.3 per game.

 

Prior to Pfeiffer University, Coaxum had three years of experience as a head coach at the high school level. He spent two years at Coastal Christian Prep in Mount Pleasant, S.C. and one at Palmetto Scholars Academy in North Charleston, S.C. His 2012 team at Coastal Christian reached the South Carolina Independent Schools Athletics (SCISA) Class A state championship game and posted a 28-4 record. Coaxum was named SCISA Region IV Coach of the Year.

 

A native of Mount Pleasant, S.C., he played collegiately for one season at Anderson University for coach Doug Novak before transferring to Division I College of Charleston.

 

During his time at College of Charleston, Coaxum was on a team that defeated the University of North Carolina and won the 2002 Great Alaska Shootout with victories over Wyoming, Oklahoma State and Villanova. He was a member of the 2002-03 Cougars that finished with a 25-7 record and spent several weeks in the AP Top 25. 

 

He is a graduate from the College of Charleston with a degree in communications.

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Lisa Duncan

Lisa Duncan

Executive Assistant for Academic Affairs, OIRE Research Assistant

Office: Holland Hall 200

Office Phone: 803.321.5647

Email:

lisa.duncan@newberry.edu

Department:
Office for Academic Affairs

Degrees:

B.A., cum laude, French, University of South Carolina, 1994

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Reid Austin

Director of Wessels Library

Office: Wessels Library

Office Phone: 803.321.5228

Email:

reid.austin@newberry.edu

Degrees:

MLIS, University of South Carolina, 2000

MA in English, Clemson University, 1997

BA in English, Wofford College,1994

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Melissa Taylor

Melissa Taylor

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Office: SCM 119B

Office Phone: 803.947.2112

Email:

melissa.taylor@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Nursing

Degrees:

DNP, Educational Leadership – American Sentinel University, 2017 

MSN, Nursing Education – Indiana Wesleyan University, 2008 

BSN – Medical University of South Carolina, 2005 

ADN – Midlands Technical College, 2002

Bio:

Melissa Taylor holds graduate nursing degrees with education specializations. Her master’s work focused on the perceived barriers present in RN to BSN education. Her doctoral work examined the impact of computerized adaptive quizzing on standardized nursing assessments. 

Prior to joining the faculty at Newberry College in 2017, Taylor taught clinical courses for Newberry College as well as for other local nursing schools. She has been an online adjunct faculty member both at University of Phoenix and South University prior to coming to Newberry full time. She has worked as a Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse at Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, SC since 2003. She holds Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She was awarded the 2011 Adjunct Nursing Faculty of the Year award at Midlands Technical College and in 2006 was awarded both the Lexington Gold and Palmetto Gold awards. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, South Carolina Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau. Her professional goal continues to be serving as an educator who positively impacts the lives of her students in the classroom and beyond, as well as a nurse who ministers to patients and families while caring for their healthcare needs.

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Keith Ringer

Visting Professor of Political Science

Office: McClurg 204

Office Phone: 803.321.5214

Email:

keith.ringer@newberry.edu
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Natasha Ferguson Dennison

Natasha Ferguson Dennison

Associate Professor of Sport Professions

Office: P.E. Complex 104

Office Phone: 803.321.3304

Email:

natasha.dennison@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Sport Professions

Degrees:

Ed.D., Northcentral University, 2016

M.S., Winthrop University, 2001

B.S., Missouri Baptist University, 1997 

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David Santiago

David Santiago

Director of Athletic Bands/Assistant Band Director

Office: Alumni Music Center

Office Phone: 803.321.5633

Email:

david.santiago@newberry.edu
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Angelia Bedenbaugh

Angelia Bedenbaugh

Adminstrative Assistant for Teacher Education

Office: CTE 101A

Office Phone: 803.321.5201

Email:

angelia.bedenbaugh@newberry.edu
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Carrie Caudill

Carrie Caudill

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Office: McClurg 308

Office Phone: 803.321.5262

Email:

carrie.caudill@newberry.edu

Department:
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Degrees:

Ph.D.,Counselor Education and Supervision, University of South Carolina, 2012
Ed.S., Marriage and Family Counseling, University of South Carolina, 2005
B.A., Psychology and Bible, Columbia International University, 2003
Certifications: Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor

Bio:

Before joining the Newberry College faculty, Dr. Carrie Caudill was an associate professor of Psychology at Columbia International University (2007 - 2016). She previously served as a family counselor for Palmetto Health Recovery & Addictions Center (2006 - 2007) and continues to maintain a part-time counseling private practice in the community with Palmetto Counseling Associates. She has been a presenter at regional and national conferences and presented a variety of workshops iabout psychology and wellness n the community. Dr. Caudill’s research has focused on wellbeing, mindfulness, nature and the impact on wellbeing, relational quality and impact on wellbeing, college students and mental health, and college students’ wellbeing and spirituality

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Alicia Davis

Associate Professor of Accounting

Office: McClurg 305

Office Phone: 803.321.5674

Email:

alicia.davis@newberry.edu
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Laura Roost

Laura Roost

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Office: McClurg 317

Office Phone: 803.321.5214

Email:

laura.roost@newberry.edu

Degrees:


Ph.D.,Political Science with graduate specializations in Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2014

M.A., Political Science with graduate specializations in Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2009
 

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