Contact the Dean of StudentsOffice Hours:
Monday – Friday | 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
359 University Center
Memphis, TN 38152
Dean of Students
Dr. Justin Lawhead
Dean of Students / Vice Provost for Student Development and Wellness
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 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.
Anquella "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!
Behavioral Intervention Team Coordinator
Elbone` Malone is the Dean of Students Behavior Intervention Team Coordinator. She
earned her B.A. in Social Work from the University of Memphis and her Master of Social
Work Degree (M.S.W.) from Union University. During her undergraduate studies, she
received an award for Student Intern of the Year and completed her internship at the
Mayor’s Office of Shelby County. She is also a member of National Association of
Social Workers (NASW). Elbone` has experience in working with various at-risk populations--providing
resources, counseling, case management, advocacy, behavioral healthcare services,
mental health, social policy, community organizing and engagement, and program management.
Previously, Elbone` has received accolades at the State Level for growing, coordinating,
and leading the Baby and Me Tobacco Free program for Shelby County. She has the proven
ability to manage programs by developing, completing, and executing needs, while building
lasting relationships personally and professionally. Elbone` is extremely passionate
about her profession and dedicated to helping others in every way that she can. Elbone`
is often described as that “cohesiveness” which brings people together and enjoys
collaborating, being innovative, and learning new things.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Director, Student Leadership & Involvement
MK Tyler serves as the 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!