The Academic Advising Program is administered by a core group of people who work across divisional boundaries.

Deans

Lee May

Associate Dean & Director
1011 Steele
lee_may@unc.edu
919-843-9030

Biography

Alma Mater: Allegheny College (Undergrad), Asbury Theological Seminary (Graduate), and UNC-Chapel Hill (Graduate)
Degrees: B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Christian Education, Ph.D. in Adult and Higher Education
What I enjoy most about working with students: Seeing their resilience and perseverance as they meet their academic and life goals
My hometown: Linwood, NJ
First job out of college: Campus Minister
Lowest grade I got as an undergrad: “C”
If I didn’t work for Advising I would: Be a life coach
Bucket list item: Spend a month in Tuscany, Italy

Andrea Caldwell

Senior Assistant Dean
1015C Steele
andreac@email.unc.edu
919-843-6052

Biography

Andrea earned her MS Ed in Higher Education from Southern Illinois University and a BS in Management Information Systems from Winston-Salem State University. Before coming to Carolina, she held student affairs positions at Duke University, The University of South Carolina and The University of Illinois. Andrea is an award-winning academic advisor who believes each student possesses a set of unique strengths, talents and abilities; each one needs to feel connected to the University, know how to find and use appropriate resources, and have the confidence to make their own life decisions. Her calling is to inspire Carolina students to explore beyond the familiar, to engage fully in their curricular and co-curricular pursuits, and to empower them to envision greater possibilities.  Andrea lives in Durham and has a large and rambunctious extended family in Statesville, NC who she considers to be some of her greatest life teachers and beloved friends. During quiet times, you may find her  reading a good book, listening to jazz music or watching well-written television shows.

Other Information

Mickel-Shaw Excellence in Advising Award (2008)
National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advisor Award (2009)

Lora Wical

Deputy Director & Senior Assistant Dean
2014 Steele
wical@email.unc.edu
919-843-8919

Biography

Alma Mater: Elmira College (Undergrad) and Ohio University (Graduate)
Degrees: B.S. Business Administration and M.Ed. in College Student Personnel
What I enjoy most about working with students: I always have something to learn from them
My hometown: Rochester, NY
First job out of college: Administrative support at Eastman Kodak
Lowest grade I got as an undergrad: “C”
If I didn’t work for Advising I would: See the world
Bucket list item: Italy

Marilyn Wyrick

Senior Assistant Dean
2011 Steele
wyrick@email.unc.edu
919-843-8920

Biography

Alma Mater: East Carolina University (Undergrad and Graduate)
Degrees: B.A. and M.A. in Geography
What I enjoy most about working with students: Helping student solve both small and large problems and watching students grow
My hometown: Boissevain, VA
First job out of college: Billing and accounting in a hospital
Lowest grade I got as an undergrad: “C” in Physics
If I didn’t work for Advising I would: Work in a library
Bucket list item: Travel to Rome

Other Information

Haven
Carolina Firsts
Mickel-Shaw Excellence in Advising Award (2001)
NACADA Outstanding Advising Administrator, Certificate of Merit (2009)

STAFF

Ann Oldham

Assistant to the Assoc Dean
1010 Steele
aoldham@email.unc.edu
919-843-8651

Biography

Alma Mater: Central Carolina Community College
Degrees: A.A.
What I enjoy most about working with students: Assisting them to find the appropriate help they may need with whatever issue they may have going on at the present time, whether it be personal or academic
My hometown: Sanford, NC
First job out of college: Virginia Beach City Schools, secretary to the Superintendent
Lowest grade I got as an undergrad: “D”
If I didn’t work for Advising I would: Work in the local school system
Bucket list item: Visit every Major League Baseball park

Steve Dobbins

Eligibility Specialist
G015C Steele
sdobbins@unc.edu
919-843-8650

Biography

Alma Mater: UNC-Chapel Hill
Degrees: B.A. in International Studies and Radio/TV/Motion Pictures
What I enjoy most about working with students: Solving or averting potential problems
My hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
First job out of college: Waite
Lowest grade I got as an undergrad: Incomplete = “F”
If I didn’t work for Advising I would: Work in data science
Bucket list item: Write/produce/perform my own variety show

Lisa Castor

Administrative Manager
1018 Steele
lnage@email.unc.edu
919-843-8908

Biography

Alma Mater: Hope College
Degrees: B.A. in English Literature
What I enjoy most about working with students: Their energy and enthusiasm is contagious
My hometown: Bedford, NY
First job out of college: Marketing Assistant, Revlon, NYC
Lowest grade I got as an undergrad: “C-“ in Philosophy
If I didn’t work for Advising I would: Run a vineyard
Bucket list item: Cooking tour of Italy

Courtney Briscoe

Student Services Assistant
G017A Steele
cbriscoe@email.unc.edu
919-843-8905

Biography

Alma Mater: Catawba College
Degrees: B.A. Communication Arts
What I enjoy most about working with students: I love the energy and optimism that so many students have. It is a pleasure to assist them in this exciting part of their lives
My hometown: Greensboro, NC
First job out of college: Customer service representative for an e-commerce company
Lowest grade I got as an undergrad: “B-”
If I didn’t work for Advising I would: I would either work in another higher education position or practice photography full time
Bucket list item: Visit Ireland