HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 10, 2018 – High Point University welcomed 14 new staff members during the month of August. They are as follows:
The Rev. Dr. McKennon Shea joined the Office of Institutional Advancement at HPU as assistant vice president for development. He manages and provides strategic oversight to the university’s major and planned giving programs. He also helps create opportunities for alumni, parents and friends of HPU to invest in meaningful ways. Prior to coming to HPU, he was a minister at Duke University Chapel and served as director of admissions and a director of major and planned giving for Duke Divinity School. Shea has a bachelor’s degree, a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Education in higher education management. He is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church.
Kristen Haller joined HPU as a learning excellence specialist. She collaborates with students enrolled in the Learning Excellence program by helping them create and achieve independent learning goals. She helps them develop skills such as organization, time management, test preparation and effective study habits. Previously, she worked as a career advisor and counselor. Haller received her bachelor’s degree in family and child sciences and her master’s and education specialist degrees in counseling and human systems. She is a nationally certified counselor.
Gretchen McMullen joined HPU as an administrative assistant. She provides academic support to the departments of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, Criminal Justice, and the Survey Research Center. She supports a variety of faculty and staff and also supervises student workers in each department. She previously worked as a missionary in Nicaragua with her husband, where they were leaders and teachers in the community. McMullen graduated from HPU in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and piano performance.
Madison Brazier joined the Office of Communications at HPU as creative content coordinator. She contributes to a variety of writing and design projects, including the HPU Magazine. She creates content that informs prospective HPU families and students about the opportunities that await them on HPU’s campus. Brazier, who graduated from HPU in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in strategic communication and a minor in literature, was a peer career advisor in the Career and Professional Development office and also completed internships in the design, marketing and recruitment fields.
Kara Hanson joined the Office of Student Life at HPU as a resident director. She serves as the manager for the Village I residence, ensuring student housing needs are met and providing a safe and supportive living environment. She also helps develop social and educational programs for the residential community and leads a student staff of 15 resident assistants and office assistants. Prior to working at HPU, she worked as a customer service representative at the Walt Disney World Resort. Hanson graduated from HPU in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in strategic communication.
Kelly Hook joined the Office of Student Life at HPU as a resident director. She supervises resident assistants in the Village II and University Village, provides support for students, and helps them to grow throughout their educational journey. She has experience previously serving as a residence hall coordinator, graduate assistant and resident advisor. Hook received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies with a minor in media studies, and master’s in student affairs administration in higher education.
Kirby Jones joined the Office of Student Life at HPU as a resident director. He supervises resident assistants and ensures that students residing in North College are supported through individual care, intentional conversations and developmental opportunities. Previously, he worked as an assistant coordinator for residence life and interned as a private clinician in counseling services. He has also been a youth minister for five years. Jones has a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in human development and family studies and a master’s degree in counseling and education.
Morgan Peake joined the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at HPU as assistant director of admissions events. She plans and organizes admissions events on campus that have an extraordinary impact on visiting families. Previously, she worked as a personal organizer. Peake holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing and corporate relations.
Sam Cady joined the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at HPU as an admissions counselor. He will be working with the students, families and counselors of upstate New York and Staten Island, counseling and assisting them throughout the admissions process. He previously worked as a high school math teacher. Cady received his bachelor’s degree in math education.
Jordyn Fleming joined the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at HPU as an admissions counselor. She works with students from Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and western Massachusetts. She helps prospective students learn more about HPU and assists them throughout the application process. Previously, she worked with middle and high school students as a substance prevention specialist. Fleming has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in biology.
Taylor Lokey joined the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at HPU as an admissions counselor. She assists students and families from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas and Iowa with admissions to HPU and shares information about all the university offers. She previously worked as a Microsoft Technologies IT recruiter at TEKsystems and with marketing promotions for the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning. Lokey received her bachelor’s degree in communication/public relations with a minor in human development.
Danielle Reagan joined the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at HPU as an admissions counselor. Her responsibilities include counseling students and families throughout the admissions process and meeting with school counselors and students in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and western Pennsylvania. She previously worked in customer service. Reagan has a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in business and a minor in leadership studies.
Jack Boyd joined the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at HPU as an admissions leadership counselor. He shares information with prospective students and their families about the variety of resources the university has to offer, including the departments within Cottrell Hall. He also highlights the university’s commitment to academic excellence, experiential learning, values and life skills. Previously he worked as a head producer for a Boston hotel. Boyd graduated from HPU in May with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with minors in marketing and psychology. As a student, he played a large role in raising funds for charitable causes and had the opportunity to study abroad in Italy. He is pursuing a Master of Business Administration at HPU.
Channah Valkos joined the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at HPU as an admissions leadership counselor. She provides information and guidance to prospective students visiting the university about the various resources offered at HPU, specifically within Cottrell Hall, to ensure their success. She has experience working in customer service, as well as experience working for HPU as a student employee. Valkos graduated from HPU in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science.