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Friday, July 31, 2009

Saundra Richardson-Cox named to national advisory board

Saundra Richardson-Cox, director of UNC Pembroke’s Center for Academic Excellence, has been named to a two-year term on the Advisory Board of the Academic Advising Consultants and Speakers (AACSS), a national professional organization.

Saundra Richardson-CoxRichardson-Cox, who directs student retention and advising programs at UNCP, is a 30-year member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), AACSS’s parent organization. NACADA’s mission is to support academic advising in higher education and enhance the education development of the nation’s college students.

Richardson-Cox will advise AACSS in its work to provide institutions with speakers and consultants who provide evaluation and audits of the advising services for higher education institutions nationwide.

“I feel honored to be asked to serve on the advisory board,” Richardson-Cox said. “It has an important mission and is a great organization that I have been involved with virtually my entire professional life.”

Jackie Clark, vice chancellor for Enrollment Management, said it is a great honor to be selected to a leadership position in a national professional organization.

“Such an invitation reflects highly on Saundra’s professional reputation in the field of academic advising and overall student success,” Clark said. “This is a national honor within the professional field of higher education academic advising.”

UNCP has already benefitted from the services AACSS delivers, Richardson-Cox said.

“We will have Dr. Jayne Drake of Temple University return for a second engagement at UNCP to speak at a faculty development program this fall,” Richardson-Cox said. “She is a national leader in the field of advising and retention and on the Board of Directors of the NACADA.”

Richardson-Cox, who has been working in student advising for 20 years, was named director of UNCP’s Center for Academic Excellence in 2004. The Academic Excellence Center directs advising, tutorials, first and second year programs and other retention initiatives.

A graduate of Grambling State University, Richardson received a Master of Science degree in counseling from the University of Evansville.

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