Staff Senate

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Staff Senate was created to strengthen communication between and among staff members, faculty and students by:

  • Recommending ways to improve procedures and employee relations, promote safety and service to our constituents, to the Senior Staff and all College departments.
  • Advising the Chancellor on matters related to general College concerns, specifically those affecting the Staff.
  • Promoting and supporting the mission of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

Staff Senate Representatives

Chancellor and Office of Economic Development
Huda Aden, Chancellor’s Office (elected 2017)
Neva Bryan, Career Discovery & Planning (elected 2019)
Vice Chancellor & Chief Operating Officer
David Amos, Fleet Management (elected 2018)
MaryAnn Keith, Post Office (elected 2019)
Mitzi Cassell, Bursar’s Office (elected 2017)
Randall “Gabby” Gabbert, Facilities Management (elected 2018)
Irene Robinson, Facilities Management (elected 2020)
Dana Sibrel, Athletics (elected 2020)
Sarah Smith-Carlson, Ely Center (elected 2019)
Debbie Vanover, Human Resources (elected 2019)

Vice Chancellor of Advancement and Alumni Engagement (Valerie Lawson)
Christina Turnbill, Advancement (elected 2019)

Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management
Kelly Mullins, Financial Aid (elected 2020)

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Denise Maggard, Residence Life (elected 2018)

Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (Trisha Folds-Bennett)
Crystal Fleming, Registrar’s Office (elected 2018)
Tammie Hale, Education Department (elected 2019)
Jennifer Partin, Center for Teaching Excellence (elected 2018)
Laura Pritchard, Office of Information Technology (elected 2018)
Sass Sheppard, Academic Affairs (elected 2020)

Chair - Debbie Vanover
Vice Chair - Vacant
Secretary - Tammie Hale
Treasurer - Mitzi Cassell
Chair, Social & Programming Committee - Crystal Fleming
Chair, Employee Relations Committee - Laura Pritchard
Co-Chairs-Communications - Denise Maggard and Sarah Smith-Carlson

The UVA Wise Staff Scholarship

The purpose of the UVA Wise Staff Scholarship is to support your efforts in continuing your professional development by enrolling in courses offered at UVA Wise. We encourage all applicants to explore other financial aid options, along with this application. The eligibility criteria and guidelines for applying for this scholarship are as follows:

  1. Must be a full time classified or university staff employee, employed for at least one year at UVA Wise or a part time “classified” wage employee employed for at least two years at UVA Wise.
  2. This scholarship is for a degree program at UVA Wise and/or course that is work related and approved by supervisor.
  3. All scholarship awards will be applied toward tuition, books purchased at UVA Wise Bookstore or applicable fees.
  4. Any Financial aid such as Pell Grant, Student Loans, Private Awards, Tuition Waiver and etc. will take precedence over the scholarship.
  5. Any unused funds will be returned to the scholarship account. No cash refunds will be available to recipients.
  6. Funding is based upon available scholarship dollars and is subject to change each year.
  7. Continued eligibility of this scholarship is contingent upon satisfactory completion of previous course work and a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.5. 
  8. You must reapply each year for this scholarship award.

Please complete the UVA Wise Staff Scholarship Application and return it to the Office of Financial Aid. If you have any questions in regards to the application, you may contact Human Resources at 276-328-0240. Best wishes to a successful educational endeavor.



Human Resource Generalist