The mission of High Point University’s Office of Career and Professional Development is to educate and empower all students to translate experiential learning to the professional world as it is going to be.

The Office of Career and Professional Development supports students in their professional journey wherever they may be. Whether searching for the right major, planning a career, considering graduate school, developing a resume or prepping for a big interview, our office assists in this ongoing process. We work to provide extraordinary experiential learning opportunities that allow students to discover and work towards their passions while developing life skills. Through trustworthy career advising, innovative employer engagement events, and endless professional development opportunities – students have the chance to grow as a professional so they are ready to enter the working world as it is going to be.


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Brandon S. Floyd

Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development

Contact: Cottrell Hall, Room 107  |  (336) 841-9169  |  bfloyd@highpoint.edu  |  LinkedIn

M.S., Operations Management, University of Arkansas

B.A., Sport Management, Catawba College

Brandon joined HPU in April 2021 as the Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development. Brandon manages the Internship for Credit process and Peer Career Advisor team that provides career guidance to students. He also actively seeks, maintains, and fosters partnerships and relationships with employers to plan, implement, and manage programs to increase the number of opportunities for High Point University students to intern and work at quality local, national, and international organizations or attend graduate school. Prior to HPU, he was an NCAA Postgraduate Intern in Leadership Development, serving student-athletes, coaches, and administrators. Brandon values the importance of continuously connecting and engaging with unique and inspiring individuals throughout the Higher Ed and Collegiate Athletic industries throughout his professional experiences. Brandon’s goal is to share his experiences and knowledge to empower and educate those he meets with to instill the confidence and reassurance that they hold the key to elevating their overall quality of life.

Brandon Can Help With:

  • Internship and job search strategies, including internship for credit process
  • Internship Guarantee Program registration and check-ins
  • Researching academic majors and exploring related career paths
  • Workforce readiness and development
  • Leadership development
  • Classroom presentations
  • Creating pipelines with employers to open internship and employment opportunities for HPU students

Emily H. Long

Senior Career Advisor

Contact: Cottrell Hall, Room 104  |  (336) 841-9266 |  elong@highpoint.edu  |  LinkedIn

M.Ed., Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

B.A., Psychology, East Tennessee State University

Emily joined HPU in June 2014 as a Student Success Coach assisting first-year students in their transition to college. Becoming a Career Advisor in 2018, Emily enjoys working with students on exploring majors and careers, refining their professionalism, and crafting excellent application documents for jobs and graduate schools. Prior to coming to HPU, Emily worked in career development services, academic advising, and first-year experience. Emily is deeply committed to inspiring students to discover their unique strengths and purpose at High Point University and beyond.

Emily Can Help With:

  • Researching academic majors and exploring related career paths
  • Self-assessments: PathwayU
  • Graduate school applications
  • Informational interviewing and job shadowing
  • Cover letter, resume, and LinkedIn development
  • Job searching and networking strategies
  • Classroom presentations

Kellie F. McLeod

Senior Career Advisor

Contact: Cottrell Hall, Room 105  |  (336) 841-9115  |  kmcleod@highpoint.edu  |  LinkedIn

M.Ed., College Counseling and Student Development in Higher Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

B.A., Psychology, Meredith College

Kellie joined HPU in July 2012 and brings many years of experience working with college students. She believes that developing a keen sense of self is critical to effectively plan for the future.  She enjoys helping students identify strengths, interests and skills within the context of a bigger picture – their personal values, faith journey, life goals, and calling/purpose in life.  Informational interviews and job shadowing are excellent ways to transition into a focused search for internships/full-time employment, and Kellie encourages students to initiate these experiences. Kellie also enjoys helping students develop a winning cover letter and resume.

Kellie Can Help With:

  • Researching academic majors and exploring related career paths
  • Self-assessments: PathwayU and StrengthsFinder (Kellie is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach)
  • Graduate school applications
  • Informational interviewing and job shadowing
  • Cover letter, resume, and LinkedIn development
  • Job searching and networking strategies
  • Classroom presentations

Darby Pohle

Career Advisor, Phillips School of Business

Contact: Cottrell Hall, Room 135  |  (336) 841-9240  |  dpohle@highpoint.edu  |  LinkedIn

M.Ed., Higher Education, University of North Carolina Wilmington

B.S., Graphic Communications, Clemson University

Darby joined HPU in May 2021 as the Phillips School of Business Career Advisor with previous experience in university career services and the corporate printing and packaging industry. Darby enjoys helping students take their next best step through career exploration, job and internship searches, and resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile development. Additionally, Darby believes in the importance and power of networking in college and encourages students to step out of their comfort zone while at HPU to gain as much valuable experience as possible, because no one knows what experience might resonate with a future employer. As a Career Advisor, Darby hopes to assist students in aligning their talents, values, and interests to pursue opportunities that bring true fulfillment in their professional life.

Darby Can Help With:

  • Researching academic majors and exploring related career paths
  • Self-assessments: PathwayU
  • Informational interviewing and job shadowing
  • Cover letter, resume, and LinkedIn development
  • Job searching and networking strategies
  • Classroom presentations

Allen C. Unger

Career Advisor, Phillips School of Business

Contact: Cottrell Hall, Room 134  |  (336) 841-9676  |  aunger@highpoint.edu  |  LinkedIn

M.S.Ed., Counselor Education/College Student Development, Long Island University School of Education

B.A., Sociology, C.W. Post College (L.I.U.)

A.A.S., Education and Training Management, Community College of the Air Force

Allen joined HPU in October 2018 and brings a wealth of experiences from a variety of careers including: Education; Retail Management; Corporate Training; Military Training; and Human Resources. He will focus primarily on students in the Phillips School of Business, and will share workshop delivery with his colleagues in the Careers and Professional Development department. As a former Human Resources professional, he has significant experience in recruiting, selection and onboarding of employees. He will bring these experiences to HPU to assist our students in reaching their aspirations to obtain internships, employment and/or graduate school admission.

Allen Can Help With:

  • Researching academic majors and exploring related career paths
  • Self-assessments: PathwayU
  • Informational interviewing and job shadowing
  • Cover letter, resume, and LinkedIn development
  • Job searching and networking strategies
  • Classroom presentations

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Megan Parker

Director of Corporate Relations

Contact: Cottrell Hall, Room 133  |  (336) 841-9851  |  mparker3@highpoint.edu  |  LinkedIn

M.S., Adult Education, concentration in College Leadership and Administration, North Carolina A&T State University

B.S., Recreation and Tourism Management, concentration in Planning and Promotions, Concord University

Megan joined HPU in October 2020 as the Director of Corporate Relations with a background in talent acquisition and career services.   She has worked in higher education since 2015 with different student populations to help them develop the professional skills needed in order to be successful in their careers after graduation.  Prior to her career in higher education, Megan worked in an events management role for a nonprofit organization and a corporate recruiting role supporting Fortune 500 companies.  She is passionate about creating opportunities for students to engage with employers and helping them to bridge the gap between higher education and the professional landscape.

Megan Can Help With:

  • Creating pipelines with employers to open internship and employment opportunities for HPU students
  • Sharing with employers how they can get involved with our office
  • Creating opportunities for students to engage with employers
  • Inviting employers to campus

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Mikalyn Sprague

Employer Relations and Events/Marketing Specialist

Contact: Cottrell Hall, Suite 103  |  (336) 841-9677  |  msprague@highpoint.edu  |  LinkedIn

B.S., Public Relations, Appalachian State University

Mikalyn graduated from Appalachian State University in 2019 and began at HPU in January 2020. Mikalyn works to maintain relationships with employers that are highly interested in High Point University students for jobs and internships. She also focuses on hosting career and internship fairs that employers come to, to recruit HPU students. Mikalyn is also a firm believer that marketing and communications lays the ground work for meaningful relationships and successful events. Part of her role is to expand upon Career and Professional Development’s marketing efforts to increase awareness and engagement with students and employers.

Mikalyn Can Help With:

  • Sharing ways to get involved with our office
  • Creating opportunities for students to engage with employers
  • Informing students of potential job/internship opportunities
  • Inviting employers to campus