Deborah Kittrell-Mikell was recently named a recipient of the (National Academic Advising Association) NACADA Administrators’ Institute Scholarship. Of the many applicants, Kittrell-Mikell was one of six individuals honored with this prestigious scholarship in the competition year. The committee members were impressed with her dedication to the advising program at East Georgia State College and pleased with the level of potential leadership found in her application materials.
Ms. Kittrell-Mikell currently serves as the Director of Academic Advisement at EGSC (Swainsboro campus) and for sixteen years held the position of Coordinator of Academic Advising in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Georgia Southern University. Ms. Kittrell-Mikell has conducted various presentations at local, regional and national conferences with NACADA and recently had the opportunity to attend NACADA’s Summer Institute which was held in Jacksonville, Florida.
The Institute will be held February 6-8, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Professionals from across the globe utilize learning community groups facilitated by institute faculty who are experienced advising administrators and leaders in the field. Participation in the Institute should enable Ms. Kittrell-Mikell to better serve East Georgia State College in an administrative role and in the NACADA Organization. One of the primary objectives of the Institute is to further develop leadership skills and for the participant to improve the academic advising program at their respective institutions. The faculty and groups assist in the development of the participant actions or plans. The action plan focus’ on a key issue or concern on campus that the administrator wants to focus on for improvement or change and assist new administrators and experienced administrators alike in making significant changes and improvements at their institutions.
Upon receiving this scholarship, Ms. Kittrell-Mikell indicated that, “At East Georgia State College we strongly believe that quality academic advisement and student academic success lead to graduation. Our ultimate goal is to development the best academic advising program to ensure that we make a positive contribution to the retention, progression and graduation of our students on our three campuses: Swainsboro, Statesboro and Augusta.” She resides in Statesboro, Georgia.