SPHHS announces new Center for Student Success, hiring of Academic Advising staff

From left to right: Megan Griffin, Nicola Mare Usher, and Torin Moore

July 19, 2017

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences is pleased to announce the creation of the new SPHHS Center for Student Success (CSS). The CSS will provide enhanced coordination and programming for student academic and career advising, and co-curricular experiences.

In addition to announcing the new CSS, Marjorie Aelion, Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, announced the appointment of Megan Griffin as its Director.

“Please join me in welcoming Megan Griffin to her new position as Director of the SPHHS Center for Student Success,” she states. “As many of you know, Megan was an undergraduate and graduate student in the public health program at UMass Amherst. Since receiving her MPH five years ago, Megan has served as the Public Health Academic Advisor. Megan has a deep commitment to the SPHHS and the success of all its students. In addition to the in-depth knowledge she has of the SPHHS, she brings an energy, creativity and work ethic that will positively impact all of our students.”

The SPHHS also recently announced the hiring of two new academic advisors, Nicola Mare Usher and Torin Moore, to serve within the Center for Student Success. Usher will support the Public Health and Nutrition majors, and Moore will support Kinesiology and Communication Disorders. Both will support Exploratory Track students.

Daniel Gerber, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, notes, “Ms. Usher comes with years of experience working with students at Columbia University and NYU. Mr. Moore comes with years of experience working with students at Amherst and Hampshire College. The SPHHS is very lucky to have them!”

Griffin and the academic advising team in the new SPHHS Center for Student Success will work closely with departmental advisors, undergraduate program directors, and faculty to expand the School’s programs to meet the needs of its students, and create a comprehensive approach to enhancing student success.