Header
University of Memphis Photo
Student Success Programs Staff

Melvyn Harding



Melvyn Harding
Director
Student Success Programs
mharding@memphis.edu
901-678-2351

Originally from that basketball crazy state, Indiana, Melvyn Harding brings over 19 years of experience working in TRiO/educational opportunity programs prior to his appointment at the University of Memphis. Harding’s leadership philosophy in leading SSP centers upon shared decision-making, developing collaborative partnerships, and transparency in communications among team members. He received both his B.S. in Legal Administration and M.A. in Political Science from Ball State University. A staunch advocate of student development, particularly for first generation, low income, and students with disabilities, Harding has dedicated his professional life to promoting access and leveling the educational playing field of opportunity for all students.

   
Jeanett Ballentine



Jeanett H. Ballentine
Retention Specialist
Student Success Programs
jballntn@memphis.edu
901-678-2351

Jeanett Ballentine is a personal advocate and a first generation student at the University of Memphis. She has earned her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Professional Studies. This first generation student has been encouraged, educated and employed by the University of Memphis for many years. She served as an Administrative Secretary, Senior Administrative secretary, and an Administrative Associate. She was also given the opportunity to teach ACAD 1100 in order to meet and teach young people who were first generation students. She learned firsthand that a caring attitude of college personnel is viewed as the strongest retention force on a campus. She cares, motivates, encourages, mentors and believes that if you believe it, you can receive it.

   
Sheron Davenport



Sheron Davenport
Retention Counselor
Student Success Programs
sttaylr1@memphis.edu
901-678-2351

Sheron Davenport comes to Memphis by way of Jackson, TN.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Science in Counseling from The University of Memphis. Prior to the current position of Assistant Director, Sheron worked as a Retention Specialist for Student Success Programs and as a Hearing Officer/Office Coordinator for Student Conduct at The University of Memphis.  Her passion for helping people directed her to a position where she could be more proactive in steering students toward graduation.

   
Photo Coming Soon



Charles Frame

Project Coordinator
Student Success Programs/First Scholars
firstscholars@memphis.edu
901-678-2351

Originally from the Minneapolis area in Minnesota, Charles Frame received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication from St. Cloud State University and Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from the University of Akron. During his career in higher education, Charles has work in the areas of residence life, student success, assessment and retention at Rhodes College, Georgia College & State University and The University of Akron. Charles is pleased to be a part of the Student Success Programs team as the Coordinator for First Scholars.

   
Malinda McDaniel



Malinda McDaniel
Retention Counselor
Student Success Programs/Classic & STEM
mamcdanl@memphis.edu
901-678-2351

Malinda McDaniel has over 25 years of higher education experience at The University of Memphis, serving as an Academic Advisor, Coordinator of Orientation and Campus Recruitment Programs, and Associate Director of Admissions. She left for a time to work in the non-profit sector as a Health Initiatives Representative with the American Cancer Society. She is so glad to be back on campus and once again work with students as a Retention Counselor with the Student Success program. Ms. McDaniel earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and a Masters of Education in Counseling from Memphis State University. Her desire is to play a part in helping students grow personally, attain their educational goals, and reach their potential.

   
Barrett Schwarz



Barrett Schwarz
Retention Counselor
Student Success Programs/Classic & STEM
bhschwrz@memphis.edu
901-678-2351

Barrett Schwarz comes to Memphis from St. Louis, MO. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Philosophy from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and his Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Memphis. Prior to his current position of Retention Specialist, Barrett worked as a Writing Tutor and Office Coordinator for the Educational Support Program at The University of Memphis. Having a deep concern for the retention and graduation of students, Barrett gravitates towards positions where he can make a direct impact on students’ academic success. As a Retention Specialist at the University of Memphis, he enjoys seeing students reach their academic goals as well as working with a great Student Affairs staff.

   
SSP InstagramSSP YouTube

Eligibility

How to Apply

Calendar of Events

Workshops

Assessments

TRIO Club

Newsworthy

Financial Aid

Tutoring

Performance

Staff Resources

Contact Us

Text Only | Print | Got a Question? Ask TOM | Contact Us | Memphis, TN 38152 | 901/678-2000 | Copyright 2015 University of Memphis | Important Notice | Last Updated: 
 
Last Updated: 3/18/15