In this role, Messer will lead the overall enrollment activities for the university. She will manage the admissions staff and serve as the leader for implementing effective recruiting strategies and developing the university’s enrollment plans for all areas.
“We are excited to have Mrs. Messer head our Enrollment Management team,” said Shorter University President Dr. Don Dowless. “Through her work in Student Affairs, she has been responsible for planning and implementing our new student orientation – a crucial part of both our recruitment and retention efforts. She loves working with students and has demonstrated a passion for Christian higher education and for Shorter’s mission of Transforming Lives through Christ.”
Messer currently serves as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and as Director of Student Life at Shorter since July 2007. She earned the Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Spanish, magna cum laude, in 2005 and the Master of Public Administration in education in 2007 from Jacksonville State University. She currently serves on the executive board of the Georgia College Personnel Association and received the Outstanding New Professional Award from that organization in 2009. She also serves as the State Coordinator for Georgia in the National Orientation Directors Association. Among many awards she has received, Mrs. Messer was presented with the Most Outstanding Intern Award by the National Orientation Directors Association. As an undergraduate, she was on the Executive Council of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, was SGA President, JSU Ambassador and orientation staff leader.
Messer is pursuing a doctorate in higher education administration at the University of Alabama. She was recently named 2012 Jacksonville State University Young Alumna of the Year. She and her husband, Chris, have a daughter, and they reside in Rome.
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