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Anna Dilger, Interim Associate Dean – 125 Mumford

Academic Programs Administration
Academy of Teaching Excellence and Teaching College Course
Explore ACES
James Scholars Honor Programs
Oversee Recruitment Efforts

David Rosch, Interim Associate Dean – 125 Mumford

Academic Programs Administration
ACES Leadership Program
ACES Professional Science Master’s Programs
Agricultural Education Program
Agricultural Communications Program liaison
Oversee Records and Registration
Scholarship Administration


Melinda Schaefer, Administrative Assistant – 125 Mumford Hall

Supports Associate Deans Dilger and Rosch

Jessa Barnard, Director of Study Abroad - 123 Mumford

Study Abroad Programs                            
International Student Exchange Programs
Faculty Development for Internationalization of Curriculum
Arlys Conrad International Teaching Enhancement Award Program
Domestic Field Trip Waivers and Liability

Robert Chappell, Office Support Specialist – 128 Mumford

Supports Honors, and James Scholars
Supports Courses and Curricula
Undergrad Records 


Susan Coppess, Undergraduate Coordinator for Recruitment – 128 Mumford

Jean Drasgow, Director of Career Services – 115 LIAC

Career Development and On-Campus Recruiting
ACES Career Fair
First Destination Survey
Employer Relations
Convocation and Recognition of December Graduates

Oliver Ferguson, Project Manager, Education Abroad Programs – 123 Mumford

Study Abroad Advising
Promoting Study Abroad Opportunities
Provide pre-departure orientation

Brianna Gregg, Data Analyst and Marketing Coordinator – 128 Mumford

Data Report Requests    
Maintain Student Records
DARS Audits
Degree Certification

Kari Keating, Director, Minor in Leadership Studies – 174 Bevier Hall

Advise Leadership Studies Minor Students
Support the Faculty Advisory Committee to the Minor
Instructor-Agricultural Leadership Education


Betsy Lancaster, Office Support Specialist – 128 Mumford

Supports Assistant Deans and Admissions and Records personnel
Undergrad Recs                     
FAIR Academic Integrity System
Electronic bulletin boards

Mary Lowry, Assistant Dean – 128 Mumford

Courses and Curricula; Academic Catalog
Academic Integrity
Course Articulation Approvals
Academic Records, DARS, uAchieve

Casey McFadden, Coordinator of Transfer Recruitment – 122a Mumford

Community College Liaison
Parkland Pathways to Illinois
Transfer Recruitment and Pre-Advising

Cory Ohms, Assistant Dean – 128 Mumford

Student Admissions and Re-entry
New Student Registration and Orientation
Student Records, DARS, DARWin
Advising Coordinators

Diana Rodriguez,  Coordinator, Urban Ag Education in Chicago

Outreach to high schools throughout Chicago
Promote ACES pre-college  S.T.E.M programs
Conduct outreach to the  Chicago City Colleges
Coordinate campus visits by Chicago based groups
Build Collaboration with Chicago-based community agencies an organization

Jesse Thompson, Assistant Dean, Diversity Programs – 128 Mumford

Undergraduate Student Recruitment and Retention
Urban Ag Education Programming
Pre-College S.T.E.M. initiatives
Inclusive Illinois ACES and Campus Programming
Graduate Student Recruitment and Institutional Collaboration


Emily Ade, Academic Programs Graduate Assistant
ACES Visits Manager - 128 Mumford Hall


Greg French, Study Abroad Graduate Advisor- 123 Mumford