New Faces in Student Life

As the University prepares to open for the 2014-15 academic year, students will experience several new faces. 

Dr. Becky Spurlock, Associate Dean of Students, joins the Dean of Students’ team to provide leadership to the residence life and wellness center programs.  Spurlock is a national leader in the field of student affairs, and prior to arriving on the Mountain, she has served in a variety of leadership roles at Trinity University in Texas and more recently at Belmont University in Nashville.  In 2013, she was elected by her peers to serve as a regional (southeastern) director for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).  Spurlock is an (almost) cradle Episcopalian and has 20 years of experience in Student Affairs—with duties that have included residence life, academic advising, career counseling, Greek life, student activities and student unions, the first-year experience, conduct, and Title IX.  Trained in narrative analysis and as a qualitative researcher, Dr. Spurlock has a Ph.D in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University as well an M.Ed in Counseling and Guidance from Texas State University.

Two new area coordinators also bring energy and experience to the division.  Maureen Halton and Kate Stucke arrived over the summer from Boston College (BC) and The Ohio State University, respectively.  

Kate Stucke is joining Hagi Bradley’s team and will be coordinating student events in addition to serving as an area coordinator in residence life. Stucke recently completed her Master of Arts in higher education andstudent affairs from The Ohio State University. Additionally, she oversaw the Annual Conference on Leadership and Civic Engagement and served as an advisor to Buck-I-SERV. Prior to her time in Ohio, Stucke worked with City Year Chicago as an AmeriCorps volunteer in the Chicago Public School system, and later transitioned to the Operations and Logistics Coordinator for community service initiatives. Originally from Decatur, Georgia, Kate completed her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies and Leadership at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. 

Maureen completed her psychology degree at Mount Holyoke (Phi Beta Kappa) and has her Master of Arts in higher education administration from Boston Colllege.  While at BC,  Halton worked in the student lifeconduct office, as well as with student programs, specifically Welcome Week and LeaderShape.  Halton has an affinity for assessment and planning, developed during her time working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Planning and Assessment Office, as well as working with the Vice President for Student Affairs at BC on developing a culture of evidence through assessment throughout the student affairs division.   

Lastly, the familiar and always pleasant Nickie Peardon, formerly from Physical Plant Services, has moved up Georgia Avenue to the Bishop’s Common to the student life suite and will help manage the office operations of residence life, multicultural affairs, and student events.