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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.

   
Kevin Bennett



Kevin Bennett
Retention Counselor
Student Success Programs
kbnnett1@memphis.edu
901-678-2351

Kevin Bennett has spent his career in collegiate student affairs, and corporate and public sector human resources. He has served as manager, assistant director, and director of college career centers, and was a manager and corporate recruiter for a multi-billion dollar financial institution. Prior to his current position as a Retention Counselor at the Student Success Programs office, Mr. Bennett was an instructor and academic advisor for the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management, University of Memphis. Mr. Bennett holds a Master of Arts degree in Educational Counseling and Psychology, from the University of the Pacific.

   
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 Retention Counselor, Sheron worked in 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.

   
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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.

   
Janet Robbins



Janet Robbins
Project Assistant
Student Success Programs/Classic & STEM
jcrbbins@memphis.edu
901-678-2351
Janet Robbins is the Project Assistant for TRIO Student Success Programs (SSP). She is a native of Texas, but has become a Memphian after living here many years.  Ms. Janet brings many years experience in administration, accounting and computers to our department.  Her passion for helping young people and students attain their goals shows in her support of the students she meets through the office and her work with the Boy Scouts of America. She believes in the ability of all students to succeed with determination and personal support.
   

Student Success Programs
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Phone - (901) 678-2351
Fax - (901) 678-0382

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Our goal is to provide SSP students with the support and skills needed to remain and be successful in college and complete a baccalaureate degree.

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