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Graduation and Retention Network

Graduation and Retention Council

Our Graduation and Retention Council began in 2023 and seeks to improve the graduation rates and matriculation goals of our students. We meet monthly to identify barriers to graduation and to seek solutions, initiatives, and collaborations that will increase student success. 

2023-2024 Council Members

Shelley Dempsey, Ph.D.

Graduation and Retention Network

Sonia Badesha

Student Disability Resource Center

April Barnes, Ed.D.

University Housing

Michelle Bryan, Ph.D.

Office of Access and Opportunity

Althea Counts

TRIO Programs

Joey Derrick

Financial Aid

Kelly Epting

University Finance and Budget

Christy Friend, Ph.D.

College of Arts and Sciences

Deborah Hazzard, DBA

Darla Moore School of Business

Troy Etta Knox

Graduate Student, USC Undergraduate Transfer

Helen Le

Graduation and Retention Network

Alisa Liggett

Student Care and Outreach Team

Meghan Lipinoga

Graduation and Retention Network

Aaron Marterer, Ed.D.

University Registrar

Isha Patel

Undergraduate Student, College of Arts & Sciences

Curtis Pernell

Graduate Student, College of Education

Charlie Pierce, Ph.D.

Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning

Elizabeth-Clare Porter, M.D.

Counseling and Psychology

Nicole Pressley

University Bursar

Claire Robinson, Ph.D.

University Advising Center

Diamond Strozier

Student Life

Dana Talbert

Student Success Center

Candace Terry

Veterans & Military Affairs 

Janet Teuber

Institutional Assessment, Research, and Analytics

Amanda Therrell

Graduation and Retention Network

Catherine Wiggins


Julian Williams, J.D.

Office of Access and Opportunity


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