Contact the Dean of Students

Office Hours
Monday – Friday | 8:00 am -  4:30 pm

359 University Center  
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: 901.678.2187
Fax: 901.678.4534
Email: deanofstudents@memphis.edu

Dean of Students

Justin Lawhead

Dr. Justin Lawhead
Dean of Students, Chief Health and Safety Officer

Justin Lawhead serves as the Dean of Students at the University of Memphis. In this role, he conducts administrative and programmatic oversight and coordination for the following departments: Student Accountability, Student Leadership and Involvement, Multicultural Affairs, and University Police Services. He Implements overall vision, direction, leadership, and the continued development of a student-centered team and programs focusing on student success. Provide leaderships in the areas of planning, human resources, policy development, operational, facility, and budgetary aspects for all reporting units. Ensure compliance with local, state, and/or federal agencies as related to the programs and services within the offices. He partners with the Office of Institutional Equity to develop, schedule and implement programming campus raise awareness in the campus community about all forms of sex discrimination (including sexual harassment and sexual assault) and the University's policies and procedures regarding such matters, so as to reinforce to the University community the importance of this issue to the University administration.

He has more than 20 years of experience in higher education in the areas of student leadership training, program coordination, advising and assessment. He directs a comprehensive student development program designed to enhance the educational experience for University of Memphis students. He earned his Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Memphis by completing his dissertation studying the effects of fraternity and sorority participation on leadership identity development.


Melissa A MorganMelissa A Morgan
Dean of Students Program and Services Coordinator

Melissa Morgan is the Dean of Students Programs & Services Coordinator. She earned her B.P.S. in Organizational Leadership and M.P.S. in Strategic Leadership from the University of Memphis and is preparing to begin working on her Ed.D. in Adult and Higher education at UofM. Melissa provides support to the Dean as well as to the many areas he works with. She also oversees the Tiger Pantry’s daily operations. Working to eradicate food insecurities is one of her many passions. Melissa has almost 20 years of higher education experience, all with the University of Memphis. 

Dr. Lisa C. WinbornDr. Lisa C. Winborn
Associate Director for Student Intervention

Dr. Lisa Winborn serves as the Associate Director for Student Intervention in the Office of the Dean of Students. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Auburn University and MS and PhD degrees in clinical and counseling psychology from the University of Memphis. In her role she brings over 30 years of experience as a licensed psychologist in community mental health, private practice, and university counseling settings. She brings additional expertise in terms of adaptive adjustment to campus life, suicide prevention, and interdepartmental cooperation regarding behavioral health crisis management. She and the Dean co-chair the University's Behavioral Intervention Team, provides leadership to other staff within the office, and is also actively involved in supporting students within the university-wide response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Ann BuchanannAnquella "Ann" Buchanan 
Student Basic Needs Coordinator

Anquella Buchanan is the Coordinator, Students Basic Needs, in the Office of the Dean of Students. She has more than 20 years of experience providing support, counseling, treatment, advocacy, referrals, service coordination, and crisis interventions to both children and adults. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Wayne State University and a M.A. in Community Counseling from Siena Heights University, both in Michigan.  Anquella was selected to be part of a Research Project, a joint effort between the Department of Defense, and the Veteran’s Administration, to facilitate and encourage Veterans to address PTSD, as a result of post-deployment. She’s passionate about seeing others helped. Her legacy is to make a positive impact, everywhere she goes!  

Tristan McKenizeTristan McKenzie
Graduate Assistant Case Manager

Tristan McKenzie is a doctoral student in the Counseling Education and Supervision program. She earned her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and B.A. in Psychology, both from the University of Memphis (Go Tigers!). She has experience working in the mental health field working with diverse populations. Currently, she serves as the Graduate Assistant Case Manager in the Office of the Dean of Students' Student Outreach and Support Services. She strives to support students by helping them navigate any issues they may have and connect them to resources. Tristan is here to talk with students about a variety of subjects, from academic difficulty to mental health concerns.

Leadership Team

Amber BushAmber Bush

Associate Dean of Students, Student Accountability

Amber is a graduate of the University of Memphis but a native of Knoxville, TN. She previously served as the Assistant Director for Student Accountability from October 2107 until May 2022. Her previous experience includes Residence Life & Student Conduct, which contributed to her knowledge of multiple aspects of student services. She completed her Master's in Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration in Student Personnel at the University of Memphis. She is also a recipient of the Bettie Bell Distinguished Service Award at the University of Memphis. Amber is a previous Women's History Month Honoree and University Excellence Awards nominee. Amber has served in numerous leadership roles both on and off campus that reinforce her desire to be a valuable resource to students. She has a genuine love for the city of Memphis and wishes for the University of Memphis to be a constant source of upward mobility for the Memphis Metro Area.

Linda HallLinda Hall
Associate Dean of Students, Multicultural Affairs

Linda Hall has over 25 years of experience in Higher Education. She has worked in different capacities during her career at The University of Memphis. During her tenure at the University she has been a strong advocate for underrepresented students in ensuring that they develop leadership skills, exposure to networking opportunities, improve communication abilities, broaden their social awareness and strengthen their voice on social justice issues.

Linda values the contributions that her colleagues can contribute to preparing a holistic student to society and works diligently to collaborate and coordinate our intellectual capital to the academic success our students. She has experience in engaging and enhancing student leadership skills and providing support and guidance in event planning and programming.

Linda holds both a bachelor's and master's degrees from The University of Memphis and was named one of 100 Women in 100 Years in the history of The University of Memphis.

Alisha Rose HendersonAlisha Rose Henderson
Director, Career Services

Alisha Rose Henderson has been committed to meeting the needs of students and community partners for over 18 years. Since her arrival at the University of Memphis, she has led a Career Services Office with a relationship building model. She recognizes that career planning and professional development which includes experiential learning are important factors in student success and to the strategic mission of the university. Mrs. Henderson is dedicated to providing support to students and alumni as they identify, prepare for and accomplish their career goals. She encourages students to be lifelong learners and leaders in their profession. Her credentials include certifications in career coaching, job search training, and mediation. She is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, Southern Association of Colleges and Employers and has served on the board of the Tennessee Association of Colleges and Employers.

Dr. Linh LuuDr. Linh Luu
Director, Student Health and Counseling Services

Dr. Linh Luu is a licensed psychologist – Health Service Provider and serves as the Director of Student Health and Counseling Services. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University APA-Accredited program. Her scholarly interests include advocacy, issues of equity and health disparities, and multicultural competency in clinical supervision. Clinically, she has special interests in working with clients with trauma and grief, multicultural issues, identity development issues, and LGBTQ+ clients. With a strong background and a great passion for community and college mental health, Dr. Luu leads Student Health and Counseling Services from a place of compassion, with a culturally responsive and data-driven approach. Currently serving on editorial boards of the Journal of College Counseling, the Asian American Journal of Psychology, and The Counseling Psychologist, Dr. Luu has been recognized by the American Psychological Association - Society of Counseling Psychology and Society for the Psychology of Women for her scholarship, leadership, and service.     

Derek MyersDerek Myers
Chief of Police

Derek Myers is a 1992 graduate of the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.  He is a 1998 graduate of the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute, Administrative Officers Course (100th Session).  Derek began working at the University in February 1993 as an officer and completed his training at the Memphis Police Department’s 5th Regional Basic Recruit Class. He was promoted to Lieutenant in February 1998, and in March of 2002, he was appointed as Deputy Director.  As a member of the Memphis Metropolitan Association of Chiefs of Police (MMACP), Derek served as the organization’s president in 2010. Derek is also a member of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP). In 2014, Derek was named Assistant Chief and Director of Police Operations, a position in which he is responsible for finances, personnel, and operations for the Memphis/Shelby County locations and the Lambuth Campus in Jackson. Additionally, Derek is responsible for the Annual Security and Fire Report.

MK TylerMK Tyler
Director, Student Leadership & Involvement 

MK Tyler serves as the Interim Director for Student Leadership and Involvement. Prior to stepping into this role, MK has spent the past five years serving in various roles in Student Leadership and Involvement, most recently as the Senior Coordinator for Student Engagement. MK is responsible for providing leadership and support to Fraternity & Sorority Affairs, Student Engagement, Community Engagement and Campus Partnerships, large scale student programming, and leadership programming. MK has a deep passion for meeting students where they are and building them up to be the best leaders they can be and meet their untapped potential. She believes in the importance of student engagement and involvement and the impact it makes on student’s retention and graduation rates. MK values the relationships with her colleagues across campus and is thankful for the collaborative efforts the UofM takes to best serve students. MK holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Baylor University and a Master of Education in Adult Education from the University of Oklahoma. She is currently in pursuit of her doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Memphis, Go Tigers Go!