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UAASC Director Interviews

November 1, 2011

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MACOMB, IL -- Three candidates for the Western Illinois University University Advising and Academic Services Center director's position will be on campus for interviews Nov. 10, Nov. 18 and Nov. 28, according to University Registrar Angela Lynn, chair of the search committee.

Director candidates include Patrick Cate, director of the College of University Studies, Plymouth (NH) State University (Nov. 10); Terri Massie-Burrell, director of the Learning Center, Towson (MD) University (Nov. 18); and Michelle Yager, director of student enrichment, Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN (Nov. 28). The daylong interviews for each candidate will include sessions with administrators, advisers, faculty, staff and students. Interview schedules will be available online at

Open sessions will be held from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 (Cate); Thursday, Nov. 18 (Massie-Burrell); and Monday, Nov. 28 (Yager) in the University Union Capitol Rooms (video to WIU-Quad Cities Room B16).

Cate has served as the director of the College of University Studies at Plymouth State University since January 2009. He has also served as a lecturer/adjunct faculty member at Plymouth State for five years. Prior to being named director, he was an academic and career counselor from 2005-2008 and a residence hall director at Plymouth State from 2001-2005. Cate has also worked as the director of residential learning at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia (2000-2001).

Cate earned his master's degree from Plymouth State (2005) and his bachelor's degree from Keene (NH) State College (2000).

Massie-Burrell has served as director of the Learning Center and as an adjunct faculty member at Towson University since 2002. She has also served as a consultant for Howard Community College since 2006. Massie-Burrell has worked as a learning specialist for Towson's Disability Services from 2000-2002 and as lecturer and career counselor at Howard Community College from 1998-2003. She also worked as a special education teacher at Montgomery County Public Schools (1998-2000) and Baltimore City Public Schools (1996-1998).

Massie-Burrell received her doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park; her master's degree from The Johns Hopkins University; and her bachelor's degree from Howard University.

Yager has served as director of student enrichment at Bethel College since 2004. Prior to that, she was a school counselor for the Pueblo (CO) School District No. 70 for four years. She has also worked as a school counselor for the Central Lee Community School District in Donnellson, IA (1996-2000) and Cedar Rapids (IA) Community School District (1991-1996). Yager has also served as an educational consultant for the Grant Wood Area Education Agency in Cedar Rapids (1987-1991).

She received her master's (1993) and bachelor's (1983) degrees and a K-8 teaching license (1986) from the University of Iowa.

The director of the University Advising and Academic Services Center (UAASC) is responsible for the overall coordination and supervision of activities of the center. The director coordinates activities of the University-wide Council of Academic Advisors and serves as chair; maintains the advising listserv of all campus advisers; and coordinates advisement and placement testing portions for New Student Orientation and Registration programs (SOAR and transfer) and performs as lead speaker for advising portion of program. The UAASC director also represents academic advising on the University's New Student Programs Committee, which plans summer SOAR programs; represents academic advising on the General Education Council; and serves as resource for faculty, staff, advisers and prospective students and their families.

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