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


Lee May

Associate Dean & Director

1011 Steele


Dr. May has worked at UNC Chapel Hill since 2002, first at Kenan-Flagler Business School, before taking on the leadership of the Academic Advising Program in the College of Arts & Sciences in 2010.  Her academic degrees are from Allegheny College (BA, Psychology), Asbury Theological Seminary (MA, Christian Education), and UNC (PhD, Adult and Higher Education).  She cheers for the Tar Heels and also travels to watch two of her daughters swim for a SAA Division III School. Dr. May loves to call Chapel Hill home but has also lived in Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Texas.  She has an open door policy in the Steele Building and enjoys providing chocolate to students and her colleagues.

Andrea Caldwell

Senior Assistant Dean

1015C Steele


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 Building


I have worked in academic and student services since 1996.  I have spent most of my career in higher education at Carolina.  I served first as an Academic Advisor in the Academic Advising Program in the College of Arts & Sciences and the General College and most recently I directed academic and student services on the undergraduate level at Kenan-Flagler Business School. What I enjoy most about working with students is watching the transformation that takes place as a student progresses through their undergraduate career and having the opportunity to contribute to their development. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Elmira College in Elmira, NY with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.  Following a year in Shizuoka, Japan as an assistant English teacher, I obtained a Master of Education degree from Ohio University.  In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading, genealogy, and spending time with my family.

Marilyn Wyrick

Senior Assistant Dean

2011 Steele


I have been an advisor at Carolina for 14 years, starting as part-time and then accepting a full-time position in 1999.  I earned a BA & MA in Geography from East Carolina and came to UNC-CH for more graduate studies, where I found working with undergraduate students more enjoyable than research.  As a dean, I work with students who are in academic difficultly and those who need a dean’s permission to exempt certain policies and help with the administration of our program.  I was born in rural Virginia and live out in the country, as I have all of my life.  I enjoy taking care of my horses, chickens, and cats; reading; and listening to music.

Other Information

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


Ann Oldham

Assistant to the Assoc Dean

1010 Steele


Ann is from Sanford and began her employment with UNC in 1985.  After being with the University for eight years, she decided take some time off to be at home with her children and work in the Lee County school system.   Ann returned to UNC in 2010 and is so glad to be back!  She was originally with Academic Support Services which was housed in Steele Building with “General College” and “Arts and Sciences.”  Upon returning to UNC and continuing her career in Steele Building, it seemed like coming home. Ann has two children; one a graduate from UNC and the other a junior at East Carolina University.   One of the main aspects of Ann’s job that she particularly enjoys is helping students or guiding them to the appropriate person in order for them to be successful. Ann and her family love to travel and go to major league baseball games.

Steve Dobbins

Eligibility Specialist

G015C Steele


Steve Dobbins is a third-generation Tar Heel, with a family history in the University covering more than a century.  Steve earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from UNC-Chapel Hill with majors in International Studies and Radio/TV/Motion Pictures.  He has been a staff member in Academic Advising since 1991.  He assists the deans and advisors of all four divisions of the office with reports and mass communications to students.  He monitors students’ academic eligibility status as posted by the University Registrar and works with that office to make any necessary adjustments when academic appeals are granted or when temporary grades are converted to permanent grades.  Thanks to the generous efforts of his coworkers, Steve was selected by the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment to receive the campus-wide 2009 Robert R. Cornwell Unsung Hero Award.  For fun, Steve enjoys acting and singing in theater productions around the Triangle.

Lisa Castor

Administrative Manager

Steele Building 1018

Courtney Briscoe

Student Services Assistant

G017A Steele Building