Academic Services

Meet The Team

“Supportive professionals dedicated to student progress and success.”


Karen Naylon

Assistant Dean

401 Smith Library | 336-841-2880

Karen Naylon serves as the Assistant Dean of Academic Services. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC and a Master of Business Administration from High Point University. Throughout her career, she has served in a variety of positions including Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Department Chair of Information Systems at HPU before moving into an administration roles of Director of Academic Advising, Director of Retention, Co-Chair of the Executive Retention Committee and Chair of the University Advising Committee.  She has supported students of High Point University for over twenty years in these various roles. As an alumnae of High Point University, she is excited to continue working closely with our student body, our families and HPU staff and faculty. Her professional memberships include the National Academic Advising Association and the College Reading and Learning Association.  In her free time, Karen enjoys spending time with her ever-growing family, attending sporting events, and exercising.

Ashley Burrough

Student Engagement & Life Skills Coach

400A Smith Library | 336-841-9776

Ashley Burrough joined the Office of Academic Services at HPU as a student engagement and life skills coach. With 11 years of experience in undergraduate admissions at various universities, Ashley has worked as an enrollment specialist, an admissions coordinator, assistant director for Link, associate director of admissions and as interim director for Academic Services and Enrollment Management. Burrough is a member of various higher education organizations, including NACAC, SACAC, CIVSA and NACADA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and a master’s degree in college student affairs, with a concentration in conflict analysis and resolution.


Sarah Bryce

 Learning Excellence Specialist

400C Smith Library | 336-841-9510








Dr. Craig Curty

Director, Academic Services

400 Smith Library | 336-841-9014

Dr. Craig Curty has worked in the learning assistance field at High Point University since 1995.  As Director of Academic Services Center, Dr. Curty is responsible for the peer tutoring and Supplemental Instruction (SI) programs.  Currently there are over 160 tutors and 58 SI leaders under his purview.  The tutoring program is certified by College Reading & Learning Association at Mastery Level, which is the highest certification offered, and the program originally received this distinction in 2002.  Dr. Curty recruits, hires, and trains peer undergraduate tutors who tutor HPU students in over 180 subjects.  Interacting with students is the best part of working and Dr. Curty’s office door is always open to welcome students, build relationships, and serve as a resource to empower student’s college experiences.  Dr. Curty enjoys spending his free time with his family, watching and attending baseball games, and serving as the Commissioner of a Fantasy Football league.



Sarah Keene

Department Administrator

336-841-9478  |

Sarah Keene joined the Office of Academic Services in February 2018.  She provides assistance in the areas of academic advising, tutoring services, and Learning Excellence.  Prior to joining the High Point University team, Sarah has over twelve years experience in administrative roles, including banking, operations management, information technology and as an executive administrative assistant.  She enjoys the diversity of working in the higher education environment, and lending support to all areas of HPU.  In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her kids, working out and reading.