By Maci Weeks
In an effort to optimize its effectiveness, Trevecca’s Center for Student Development has implemented changes to its structure.
In February 2021, Jessica Dykes, dean of student development, announced that a restructuring would be happening within the coming months.
“We believe that by restructuring these professional roles, we will strengthen our efforts to provide cohesive, intentional student experiences from orientation to graduation,” Dykes said.
Megan McGhee, who is currently on maternity leave, has moved into the role of assistant dean of student life. This position is new this year and puts McGhee over multiple student life affairs, including new student orientation, first-year experience, and SGA. In her absence, Jessie Rubio, the coordinator for New Student Programs, has been heading up peer mentors and link classes. Rubio is amongst the returning Student Development staff who has had a shift in their role.
“I have always known peer mentors were exceptional leaders but have now gotten to see firsthand the hard work they put into our freshmen students and could not be more excited to work with them in this endeavor,” Rubio said.
Morgan Morris, a new addition to Trevecca’s staff, now serves as the director of student life. The position was created to oversee campus activities, SGA, commuter programs, intramurals, chapel engagement, and traditions. Morris focuses on developing systems, structures, programs, and opportunities that benefit students during their time at Trevecca.
After a full month back on the hill, Morris is happy with what she has seen so far.
“I think this new structure benefits both students and student leaders with more clear channels of access and support, as well as added efficient and effective resources. Thus far, I feel like the transition has gone well. I believe our team has enjoyed working with our students, student leaders, and professional staff in new capacities. And, we are excited to see how it continues to unfold!” Morris said.