Academic Support

Provost and Dean of the Faculty
Atkinson Hall

Dennis G. Stevens,
Provost and Dean of the Faculty — 1st Floor

Walter C. (Mike) McDermott III,
Associate Dean of the Faculty — 3rd Floor

Martha C. Hilton,
Administrative Secretary — 1st Floor

  • Academic concerns which cannot be resolved by a faculty member or advisor.
  • Matters to go before the Faculty or the Executive Committee of the Faculty.
  • For an appointment call (434) 223-6112, contact Martha Hilton at, or visit the Dean’s office in Atkinson Hall.

Academic Secretaries

Jane F. Holland,
Senior Academic Secretary ­— Morton Hall 122

Patricia A. Brandt,
Academic Secretary, Rhetoric Program — Morton Hall 122

Jessica M. (Jessi) Otey,
Academic Secretary and Global Education Assistant — Bagby Hall 313

C. Beckie Smith,
Academic Secretary — Gilmer Hall 134

Academic Success
Bagby Hall — 2nd Floor

Lisa A. Burns,
Director of Academic Success

Associate Director for Academic Success and Disability Services Coordinator

Lisa Franklin-Prioleau,
Academic Counselor — Bagby 117

Gerri C. Williams,
Senior Secretary to the Associate Dean for Academic Success

  • Academic support services for all students.
  • Matters pertaining to academic and social adjustment of freshmen and sophomores.
  • Learning disabilities: information, documentation, and support services.
  • For an appointment call (434) 223-6286 or contact Ms. Williams at or visit Bagby 202.

Career Education and Vocational Reflection
Bagby Hall — 209

Ellen L. Masters,

Rebecca A. (Becca) Snyder,
Assistant Associate Director

Jennifer S. Allen,
Senior Secretary and Recruiting Coordinator

  • Individualized career planning with a Career Coach for freshmen through seniors.
  • Career exploration through various assessments.
  • Workshops on resume and cover letter writing, personal branding, job and internship searching, interviewing and networking, applying to graduate school, etc.
  • On-campus interviews with employers.
  • Online job and internship postings exclusive to Hampden-Sydney students and alumni via TigerConnections.
  • Career library with study guides for tests such as GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, DAT and the PRAXIS.  
  • Industry-specific workshops, information sessions, and field trips.  
  • For an appointment call (434) 223-6106.

Global Education & Study Abroad
Bagby Hall — 315

Dr. Daniella Widdows,

Jessica M. (Jessi) Otey,

  • Information on study abroad programs for full year or semester, summer, and faculty-led H-SC May Term Abroad Programs.
  • Assistance in program selection, preparation of applications, personal statements, faculty recommendations, and other materials.
  • Sessions on study abroad issues such as passports and visas, money matters, health and safety, overseas housing/ meals, and personal travel options.
  • Assistance with host-university course selections, and with obtaining proper transfer credit upon return to H-SC.
  • Primary Designated School Official for international students on campus; issues and signs I-20 forms; provides orientation and non-academic advising for international students on campus.
  • For an appointment call (434) 223-6311 or visit Bagby 315.

Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest

LTC L. Rucker Snead III (USA, Ret) ’81,

Dr. David E. Marion,
Director of the Public Service Program

Dr. James Y. Simms,
Director of the Military Leadership & National Security Studies Program

May S. Reed,
Assistant to the Director

The Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest has the goal of "preparing men of character for lives of consequence" and coordinates leadership, public service, and civic education for Hampden-Sydney students.  The Center hosts lectures, forums, symposia, and excursions that help develop effective and ethical leaders.  Also, the Center offers five curricular and co-curricular leadership development programs:

  • Freshman Leadership Program
  • Army ROTC
  • Public Service Minor
  • Military Leadership and National Security Studies Minor
  • Shelton Leadership Challenge
  • For an appointment stop by the Wilson Center or call at (434) 223-7077.