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359 University Center
Memphis, TN 38152
Dean of Students
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 Morgan
Assistant to The Dean of Students
Melissa Morgan is the Assistant to the Dean of Students/Chief Health & Safety Officer.
She earned her B.P.S. in Organizational Leadership and M.P.S. in Strategic Leadership
from the University of Memphis. She provides administrative support to the Dean of
Students as well as the many areas he is involved with. Melissa has over 15 years
of higher education experience, all with the University of Memphis.
Dr. 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.
Case Manager, Student Outreach and Support
Arielle Fair-Brown is the Case Manager in the Office of the Dean of Students. She holds her BS degree from Middle Tennessee State University, MSW degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and is a state-certified Licensed Master-Level Social Worker. At the University of Memphis, Arielle oversees the student concern cases received from the University body, connecting them to necessary resources, on or off campus, to assure personal and academic student success. She is a member of the BIT and serves as the Chair of the CARE multi-disciplinary review team.
Arielle has many years of experience working in various non-profit and social service capacities within the Memphis-community. Arielle is a native Memphian, serving in various leadership and service capacities throughout the city, aspiring to influence progressive mobility in her beloved community.
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.
Duha Magzoub is a graduate student at the School of Public Health completing her Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology. Prior to her time at University of Memphis, she graduated from Rutgers University in New Jersey with a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health. She has experience working in a hospital setting with the community health department and is passionate about providing quality health care for all. After her experience as a community health outreach worker, she served a year of service with AmeriCorps, partnering with a local non profit in Memphis. She currently serves as the front desk assistant in the Office of the Dean of Students providing support and assistance to students.
Director, Student Leadership and Involvement
Kaylon Bradford serves as the Director of Student Leadership and Involvement. In this role, he provides leadership and support to Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, Student Engagement, Community Engagement & Campus Partnerships, and Leadership Programming. As an undergraduate student at the University of Central Arkansas, Kaylon was extremely involved in student leadership and activities.
Prior to joining the University of Memphis community, Kaylon served as the Director of Student Life and Associate Director for Diversity and Community at the University of Central Arkansas. While working at UCA, Kaylon founded the Black Male Achievement Challenge Program, and Project X which is an Early Arrival Program for men of color. Kaylon earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from UCA, and a Master of Science in College Student Personnel from Arkansas Tech University. He is a professional speaker with the CAMPUSPEAK Agency and travels to campuses across the world entertaining, educating, and empowering students, organizations, and working professionals, in various arenas.
It was through these experiences that he recognized the positive impact that student engagement has on graduation and retention rates. Since then, Kaylon has committed his life work inspiring students and enhancing the student engagement experience for students across the world.
Dr. Jane Clement
Director, Student Health Center and Counseling Center
Jane Clement's alma mater is the University of Memphis (GO TIGERS!). When she's not being the Director of the Counseling Center or working in my private practice she enjoys time with family – particularly with her granddaughters. She enjoys playing bridge with friends and going to the lake. She goes to any and all theater shows I am able to and also collects kaleidoscopes and love art museums and antiques.
Her passion is Tiger Basketball – you will find her at almost most every game. She travels a lot but has a few places still on her bucket list...China, Croatia, and Costa Rica. Her professional areas of interests are Training, Diversity, Women's issues, Couples, Myers-pBriggs, and family therapy.
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.
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.
Interim Director for Housing and Residence Life
Amanda Virag currently serves as the Interim Director for Housing and Residence Life. Prior to stepping into the interim role, Amanda spent the past six years serving as an Assistant Director for Housing and Residence Life. Through her role in Housing and Residence Life at the University of Memphis, Amanda's focus centers on creating a friendly on-campus residential community focusing on academic success, campus engagement, and personal growth in a safe, quality environment for students. Through those efforts, Amanda collaborates with campus colleagues to best support students inside and out of the classroom. She is a member of NASPA, ACUHO-I and has previously served as President of the Tennessee Association of College and University Housing Officers. Amanda received her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education as well as her Master's Degree in College Student Personnel from the University of Dayton.
Associate Dean of Students, Student Accountability
Darren Wibberding has been serving students for over 14 years. In his current role as Associate Dean of Students, Darren is responsible for managing the University's response to student concerns and behavioral issues. Darren is committed to resolving student and faculty concerns; focusing on the issues in front of him while also maintaining a sense of the societal and broader policy implications of any given set of circumstances. Darren values the University Community as a place to learn and grow through reflection and personal development. Darren's experiences include managing residence halls, student programming, student governance, organizational and individual advising. Darren has regularly received training and professional development in areas such as Student Conduct, Title IX, and Behavioral Intervention.