HPU Announces New Hires

HPU Staff

HIGH POINT, N.C., July 1, 2019 – High Point University recently welcomed 11 new staff members. They are as follows:

Dr. Jodi Jabs joined the Office of Student Life at HPU as director of campus engagement and student activities. She plans programs and activities for students, including Summer Advantage, Welcome Week and move-in, and the fall and spring concerts. She also advises the Student Government Association and Campus Activities Team. Her prior professional experience and expertise is in student activities and fraternity and sorority life. Jabs has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in college student affairs and a doctorate in higher education leadership.


Byron Uzzell joined the Office of Student Life as a resident director. He oversees the Village 1 residential community, provides support for student residents and connects them with resources on campus. His prior higher education experience includes service in the area of student conduct. He has a bachelor’s degree in family and community services and a master’s degree in international studies with a public administration concentration. He also holds certifications in economic development and leadership and public management.


Carley Niland joined the Office of Student Life at HPU as a clinical counselor. She provides counseling support services, including individual counseling, group therapy, psychoeducational workshops and prevention programming, to support students in reaching their personal, academic, career and wellness goals. She has worked in higher education for a number of years in roles within counseling, academic advising and student services. Niland has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling specialized in college counseling and student development. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate.


Cory Kirby joined the Office of Student Success at HPU as a student success coach. He works one-on-one with first- and second-year business students to assist with the transition into college and support their academic, personal, social and career goals. He has worked on college campuses for five years in positions including academic coordinator for student-athletes and as a career and academic advisor. He has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education in integrated social studies and a master’s degree in college student personnel.


Jillian Lincourt joined the Office of the Registrar at HPU as associate university registrar. Her responsibilities include classroom and scheduling optimization. She will also assist transfer students with credits and degree completion requirements. Lincourt has worked in higher education for several years and has experience with transfer articulation, records, registration and other services. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in counseling.


Melissa Blakeney joined the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as an admissions counselor. She introduces prospective students from Virginia to HPU and assists them throughout the admissions process. Prior to joining HPU, Blakeney gained experience as a student admissions representative and public relations intern for new student and family programs. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in public relations and a minor in American Sign Language.



Larry Perez joined the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at HPU as a university liaison. As a member of the leadership development team, he provides a consistent message to prospective students and families that highlights the value HPU offers to students. He also represents how HPU transforms students into future leaders. Previously, Perez worked for Amazon, where he learned about operations and supply chain management. He graduated from HPU with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a minor in Spanish. He is currently enrolled in HPU’s Master of Business Administration program.


Daniel Moody joined the Office of Institutional Advancement at HPU as an advancement research analyst. He collects and analyzes data in support of the university’s special project funding, annual support, scholarships and other sources of giving. Previously, he assisted Ph.D. faculty with their research through data collection and entry, statistical analysis, grant funding, publication preparation and oral presentations. He has also taught sociology as an adjunct instructor. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology.


Brittney Albert joined the Office of Communications at HPU as coordinator of university events. She is responsible for the planning and execution of events for N.C. Governor’s School West, hosted on campus, and HPU’s In Residence series. She also assists with programming for 1924 Prime’s Your Professional Brand series and other university special events. She was previously the community engagement coordinator for HandsOn Northwest North Carolina, where she planned special events and managed marketing and communications. Albert has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a certificate in nonprofit management. She is also active in the community, serving as vice president of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Winston-Salem, board member of the Humane Solution Spay-Neuter Program and previous board member of Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center.


Tammy Ball joined the Office of Communications at HPU as a graphic designer. She creates visual communication which utilizes the university’s brand for magazines, brochures, books, invitations, packaging and other materials. Ball has been a graphic designer servicing higher education clients for 23 years with a primary focus on print and digital design. She has a degree in advertising and graphic design.



Mary Kelly Crowder joined the Office of Communications at HPU as lead creative project manager. She coordinates the production and design process for a variety of print and digital projects. This includes maintaining project schedules and working with various departments on campus to create materials for students, parents, faculty, alumni and prospective families. Crowder has nearly seven years of experience working as a project manager and marketing coordinator. She has a bachelor’s degree in strategic communication from HPU.

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