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Meet the Team

Sean Ashcraft

Sean Ashcraft

Executive Director of Academic Operations & Institutional Effectiveness

Mr. Ashcraft has been in the field of higher education for 13 years, 11 of which have been with Sullivan University.  He has a Master of Science in Conflict Management, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with concentration in Human Resources. He will begin pursuing his doctorate degree in Fall of 2022. 

In addition to his education, Mr. Ashcraft has served in various roles during his career. A few of the positions include: Admissions Representative, Campus Coordinator, Reentry Specialist, Academic Advisor, Registrar, Senior Director of Academic Services, and currently as the Executive Director of Academic Operations and Institutional Effectiveness. 

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Michelle Smith

Senior Director of Academic Services

Ms. Smith has been with Sullivan for 11 years and has worked in various roles such as: Financial Planning Coordinator, Default Prevention Manager, Director of Financial Planning, and Director of Academic Services.  Prior to Sullivan, Michelle worked for the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation as a Debt Recovery Skip Trace Specialist, Debt Recovery Specialist, and Default Prevention Team Leader. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and is close to completing her Master of Science in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. We look forward to celebrating this wonderful achievement in the near future.  

In addition to her unique experiences mentioned above, Michelle was an effective leader as the Director of Academic Services for our Dupont Circle and Atkinson Square locations. She has effectively managed multiple, concurrent teach outs, cohorted programs for more efficient and effective advising, and revamped the location operations to improve communication.  Michelle currently serves as our Senior Director of Academic Services.  

Donya Bell Associate Director Of Academic Services

Donya M. Bell

Associate Director of Academic Services, Main Campus

Ms. Bell has been in the field of higher education for 32 years with Sullivan University.  She has a Master of Business Administration, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentration in Management.

In addition to her education, Ms. Bell has served in various roles during her career. A few of the positions include: Microfilm Specialist, Clerk, Supervisor of Records, Associate Registrar, and currently Associate Director of Academic Services and Adjunct Instructor.

Laura Wathen

Laura Wathen Clements

Associate Director of Academic Services, Lexington 

Mrs. Wathen calls Lexington home with her husband and two children. She received both her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Kentucky. After teaching Child Development and Special Education at UK, she served with the Kentucky Department of Education as a Program Consultant and Teacher-Trainer from 2007 to 2012. She then accepted the position of Associate Director & Faculty Advisor for the Early Childhood Education Program with Sullivan University's Lexington campus in July of 2012.

Upon closure of the Early Childhood Education program, Mrs. Wathen transitioned to the position of Associate Director of Academic Services, in September of 2016, where she continues to help students navigate their own educational journey with her 24 years experience in higher education.

 

Joshua Eye Sr Acacdemic Services Coordinator

Joshua Eye

Senior Academic Services Coordinator 

Mr. Eye has been a part of Sullivan University for over 9 years assisting students in reaching their higher education goals. While previously serving as a Financial Planning Coordinator in the former Online division, he now serves as Senior Academic Coordinator at the Main Campus while also assisting the Dupont and Atkinson Square locations. 

Mr. Eye earned his Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Louisville in History, with a minor in Political Science. He also holds a Master of Science in Management and a Master of Science in Conflict Management from Sullivan University. In his free time, Mr. Eye is a performing musician.

Trena Fox Student Coordinator

Trena Fox

Student Status Coordinator 

Mrs. Fox began her journey with Sullivan University in 2019 as the Attendance and Retention Specialist and recently transitioned into the Student Status Coordinator role. She graduated from Spalding University with a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology and has over 10 years of customer service experience in her background. 

Shane Schumaker Academic Services Coordinator

Shane Schumacher

Academic Services Coordinator, Louisville 

Mrs. Schumacher has been with Sullivan University for over twenty years. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville and a Kentucky Colonel. When she isn’t working, she serves as a volunteer in her local community as an officer for her homemaker club, and as a member of several historical preservation groups.

Tim Dollar Academic Services Coordinator

Tim Dollar

Academic Services Coordinator, Louisville

Mr. Dollar has been with Sullivan University for over three years in his current role as an Academic Services Coordinator. Prior to Sullivan, he spent the majority of his career in the Human Resource and Management Consultant fields in various organizations where he facilitated onsite Training and Workforce Development. His transition to academics was motivated in preparation for his future as an educator at the college level. 

Mr. Dollar is no stranger to Sullivan University, and he has been exposed to all facets of both online and campus life in his personal educational journey. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Leadership from Sullivan University in Louisville, KY. He has also earned a Master of Science in both Management and Human Resource Leadership and a Master of Business Administration degree. Recently, he has concentrated his studies to conflict resolution principles and strategies. 

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Madea Erickson

Academic Services Coordinator, Lexington

Mrs. Erickson has been working in the education field for over 20 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts at Murray State University graduating with honors. She began her retention efforts with college students through her organization, Madea Faith Freedom from Addiction, Inc., in which she was Founder and Chief Executive Officer for a decade. After working with students in recovery, she realized education is a key factor to breaking oppressive and toxic cycles. With a desire to be where college students were, she returned to higher education to pursue a Master of Science in Human Development and Leadership with a concentration in college student development and academic counseling, while teaching First Year Experience at Murray State University. 

Before coming to Sullivan, she was an instructor for First Year Experience, and an academic counselor with a programming concentration in retention efforts for first generation, low-income, and college students with a documented disability at the University of Southern Indiana. Madea is passionate about helping Sullivan students not only succeed academically but personally. Her education, experience, and belief that education is a key to success drives Madea to advise each student individually toward their academic and personal goals.