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Meet the Team

Meet the NVU-Johnson First-Year Experience Team

NVU First-Year Experience Staff

Michele WhitmoreMichele Whitmore
Associate Dean of Students
“I fell in love with this place from the moment I stepped onto campus,” Michele says. Students were the driving force for getting her more involved with the division of student life. Her career has been on an upward trend ever since. In addition to her primary responsibilities, Michele serves as the men’s women’s tennis coach at NVU-Johnson.
Advice for new students: College is a wonderful opportunity that will provide you with lasting friendships, important life lessons and a network of people that will help you further your personal and professional development. Purposely connect with peers, faculty, and staff. These connections will be the pathway to your academic and social success as you navigate through your first year at NVU-Johnson. Make the most of this time in your life and appreciate the journey that you are about to begin.

Laura RaceLaura Race
Assistant to the Dean of Students
Advice for new students: Try everything you can.

Sarah Thornton
Sarah Thornton
Director of Student Activities and Community Service
Advice for new students: When registering for classes, let passion and excitement guide you. Use this year to explore and take classes that you find interesting and mentally stimulating. You never know what classes you like until you try them out!