Student Success Program

Meet Your Student Success Coach

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Associate Dean of Student Success, Dr. Beth Holder

Contact: (336) 841-9279    |

Dr. Beth Holder received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Greensboro College. She also holds Master of Education and doctorate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is originally from Hickory, N.C.   Dr. Holder came to High Point University in 2005.  Prior to HPU, she worked with students with disabilities in the public schools and served as assistant professor and coordinator of special education at Bennett College for Women.  While at Bennett College, she received the Bennett College National Alumnae Association Faculty Service Award and Belle Ringer Image Award.   During her tenure at High Point University, she has served as associate professor in the School of Education and coordinator of special education and academically/intellectually gifted education.  She has made presentations at local, regional and national conferences. Her interests include students with disabilities, persons in poverty, service-learning, teacher education, and student success.  She served as a member of the Teacher Education Council, Advising, Academic Planning and On-line Course committees, and was the adviser to the student club Teachers of Tomorrow and Alpha Phi Omega.   In 2010, she received the Evening Degree Program Faculty Member of the Year Award.  In 2013, Dr. Holder was honored as Community Partner of the Year by Communities in Schools of Guilford County.  In 2014, she was awarded the High Point University’s Faculty Excellence Award by the Class of 2017. Beth is the proud mother of two young men.  Her youngest just finished his freshman year in college and wishes he had a success coach!  She is the first to acknowledge she has a tendency to be a “helicopter mom!!”  Beth loves to partner with students, faculty, staff and families. Dr. Holder is a strong advocate of High Point University and helps to support all students and their educational dreams.   She encourages everyone to discover and enhance the “passion and purpose” within each of us.

April Atchley

April Atchley

Student Success Coach for Actuarial Science, Computer ScienceEnglish Literature, English Writing, French, History, Human Relations, Individualized Major, International Relations, Mathematics Economics, Mathematics, Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, and Spanish majors

Contact: (336) 841-9496   |

April Atchley began her education as a Teaching Fellows Scholar at Appalachian State University. She holds a B.S. in English and Home Furnishings Marketing, as well as a M.A. in English Education. April has many years of experience in creating impactful services for youth, adults and families in academic and enrichment programs. She has served as a student advocate at the middle school, high school and college levels, and her life’s purpose is to help students overcome obstacles to be successful individuals. Prior to coming to High Point University,  April was an associate director for Guilford College’s Adult Degree Program.  In that role, she enjoyed encouraging adults to go college and achieve their dreams. She helped create programs and support services for adult students, as well as professional development opportunities for employers in the Triad. She later served as the assistant director for GEAR UP at Appalachian State University, a federally funded grant program that encouraged first-generation and low-income students to attend college. April is an alumna of High Point University and is excited to be back on campus and working with the extraordinary freshman class!


Britt Carl

Student Success Coach for the Exercise Science major in the School of Health Sciences and Pre-Pharmacy majors in the School of Pharmacy

Contact: (336) 841-9490   |

Brittney “Britt” Carl serves as the Student Success Coach for students majoring in Exercise Science and majors in the School of Health Sciences and School of Pharmacy.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science (sports administration emphasis) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisville.  While at UNC-Chapel Hill, Britt served as a student volunteer with a local children’s museum, was an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, and was also a marketing intern the summer before her senior year with the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic.  In addition, Ms. Carl currently serves as a member of the Young Alumnae Advisory Board at Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to coming to High Point University, Ms. Carl worked for four years at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia where she served as an Assistant Director of Admissions. She is passionate about serving students as they progress through their collegiate careers and she is excited to work with the freshman students as they transition and adjust to campus life at High Point University!

Hilah Cook

Hilah Cook

Student Success Coach for Psychology, Studio ArtGraphic Design and Digital ImagingInterior DesignVisual Merchandising Design, Music and Theatre

Contact: (336) 841-9028   |

Hilah Cook began her educational career as a Communication Major at Catawba College.  She holds a B.A. in Communication from Catawba College and a Master’s Degree in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from The University of North Carolina Greensboro. Hilah has worked for the past five years in residence life at various institutions specializing in working with freshmen students. She has experience in developing programming, assisting in the implementation of programs and services designed to promote academic, personal, and social activities for first year students. Hilah has been recognized by South Eastern Association of Housing Officers and was awarded the Graduate Assistant of the Year Award from UNC-Greensboro in 2011. Hilah is originally from Southern Pines, NC and loves living in the Tar Heel State.  She enjoys time with her husband and son.  In addition, she has hobbies which include photography and baking.

Pam Francisco

Pam Francisco

Student Success Coach for  AccountingBusiness Administration, Business Entrepreneurship and International Business majors in the School of Business with last names A-G

Contact: (336) 841-9189   |

Pamela Francisco serves as a Student Success Coach for the School of Business, including Accounting, Business Administration, Business Entrepreneurship and International Business Majors.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Greensboro College and taught Special Education at the high school level for eighteen years where she developed and implemented Special Education programs which enabled at-risk students to earn graduation credits and pursue higher education.  After receiving her Master’s degree in School Administration and Curriculum and Instruction from UNC-Pembroke, Ms. Francisco worked for twelve years as a school administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, most recently as a middle school principal.  She has been involved with the National and North Carolina Middle School Associations for the past several years, leading teachers to present Collaborative Teaching and Positive Behavior Intervention and Support workshops at state and national conferences. Ms. Francisco has participated in panels for discussion in Washington, DC and met with congressmen and national leaders to solicit support for middle school education.  Ms. Francisco is the proud parent of two beautiful daughters, Alexandra, a Guilford County Schools teacher, and Mackenzie, a high school senior.  Excited to be a part of the High Point University family, Ms. Francisco hopes to impact students by providing support and resources that will enable them to be academically and socially successful.


Doug Hall

Student Success Coach for Electronic Media, Game and Interactive Media Design, Journalism, Media and Popular Culture Studies, and Strategic Communication in the School of Communication

Contact: (336) 841-9338   |

Doug Hall represents all majors in the Nido Qubein School of Communication.  Mr. Hall received his Bachelor’s in Corporate Communications from Indiana University at Kokomo and his Master’s degree in Instructional Technology from North Carolina A&T State University. He has had a variety of work experience ranging from college recruitment at Indiana State University, North Carolina A&T State University, and Wake Forest University to experience in HR/Training & Development within healthcare, local and federal government. Mr. Hall enjoys time with his wife and is a proud father two daughters and one son. Doug is very passionate about what he does at High Point University and that is helping students find their passion and purpose in life.


Emily Houston

Emily Houston

Student Success Coach for deciding major/undeclared students with last names L-Z

Contact: (336) 841-9266   |

Emily Houston serves as a Student Success Coach for undeclared majors. Emily received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from East Tennessee State University and her Master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to coming to High Point University, Emily held a variety of positions in career development services, academic advising, first-year experience, and fraternity and sorority life. In her role as the Graduate Assistant for Exploratory Advising at UNC-Greensboro, Emily received the first Undergraduate Studies Graduate Student of the Year Award for her work in advising and programming for undeclared students. As a former undeclared student herself, Emily is deeply committed to supporting students in this population and aims to inspire them to discover their unique strengths and purpose at High Point University and beyond. Emily is also a loyal member of Sigma Kappa Sorority, recently began playing golf, and loves taking trips to the beach.


Akir Khan

Student Success Coach for Accounting, Business Administration, Business Entrepreneurship and International Business majors in the School of Business with last names H-R

Contact: (336) 841-9105   |

Akir Khan is a Student Success Coach for High Point University for the School of Business, including Accounting, Business Administration, Business Entrepreneurship and International Business majors.   He also has been a program facilitator at The Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC and a community Liaison for the nonprofit Out of the Garden.  Mr. Khan holds degrees from UNC-Charlotte in Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing, as well as a Master’s Degree from UNC-Greensboro in Public Affairs, concentration in Local Government.  He is currently an Educational Leadership Doctorate student at High Point University.  Akir was selected as a community interfaith mission participant to Israel and the Palestine territories. In 2014, Akir was selected for The Triad Business Journal’s 40 Leaders Under Forty Award program honoring up and coming young professionals. In 2014,  he was asked to serve on the Future Talent Council for the Degrees Matter initiative comprised of cross sector community partners working collectively to increase talent and college degree holders in Guilford County. In 2015, he became the Chair of the Piedmont Interfaith Council and has been a member of the Faith Leaders Council since 2014.   Akir will be teaching a class called Academic Development in the High Point University 2015 Summer Experience Program.    He is married to Zara Khan, who is originally from Toronto, Canada and they are proud parents of their daughter Aila Khan.  Akir enjoys watching basketball/football and volunteering in the community, helping to spread equality and inclusiveness.

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Angi Kinsey

Student Success Coach for School of Education, Accounting, Business Administration, Business Entrepreneurship and International Business majors in the School of Business with last names S-Z

Contact: (336) 841-9479   |

Angi Kinsey serves as Success Coach to students majoring in Education, Accounting, Business Administration, Business Entrepreneurship, and International Business.  Angi holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications as well as a Master of Art in Higher Education from Appalachian State University.   Drawing on her own college experience, Angi chose to pursue a career in student services in order to provide the support she believes is critical to student success.  Her experience in developing mentoring programs, workshops, and peer and faculty advising programs allows her to help first-year students transition smoothly through one of the most important and exciting times in their lives. “I believe that providing both academic and personal support to students is crucial to their success,” says Kinsey. “I am thrilled to be a part of High Point University where students have so many types of support services available to them.”


Lynne Norris Murray

Student Success Coach for deciding major/undeclared students with last names A-K

Contact: (336) 841-9469   |

Lynne Norris Murray holds a PhD. in Curriculum and Instruction Teacher Development from UNC-Greensboro, a Master’s in English Education from UNC-Greensboro, and a BA in English Education from UNC-Chapel Hill. She taught high school English for 26 years and served as a curriculum specialist for four years with Guilford County Schools.  Sharing a passion for Shakespeare, Dr. Murray also works with the program Shakespeare Lives!, which has taken her to the International Globe Theatre in London, UK, and she serves on the Education Advisory Board with the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. Pleased to be interacting with students again, Dr. Murray works with undeclared majors in helping them discover their passions and niches. She also serves as the advisor for High Point University’s First Year Honor Society.   A Greensboro native, Dr. Murray is married to David and has two sons, Thaddeus and Hunter.

Christopher Peele

Christopher Peele

Student Success Coach for BiologyBiochemistryChemistry,  Physics ,Pre-Engineering and Criminal Justice majors

Contact: (336) 841-9066   |

Christopher Peele serves as the Student Success Coach for Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Pre-Engineering, Physics and Criminal Justice majors at High Point University.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Master’s degree in Counselor Education (Student Affairs Emphasis) from Clemson University.  Prior to pursuing a Master’s degree in Education, Christopher worked in the finance industry with Fidelity Investments for three and a half years.  Christopher’s subsequent career change helped in his work as a Graduate Assistant in the College of Health, Education, and Human Development at Clemson University, where he worked primarily with students seeking to change their major.  Although he is new to the University, Christopher is excited to work with extraordinary students, faculty, and staff in a growing, inclusive environment like High Point’s.  Christopher is originally from Hope Mills, NC and most enjoys attending and watching his favorite sports teams compete in his free time.  Go Panthers!