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, Athletics, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Office of Marketing & Communications

  • Karen Bitter
  • Meghan Dennehy
  • Dawn Jessee
  • Kristi McKinney
  • Karina Rufino 

Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations (Joe Kiser)

  • Beth Allison
  • Rosa Bott
  • Amanda Hughes
  • Tonya Large
  • Nick Marshall
  • Greg Sturgill
  • Angela Thompson
  • Sarah Williams

Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Alumni Engagement (Valerie Lawson)

  • Donald Sharitt

Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management (Jeffrey Baylor)

  • Redonna Bowman
  • Hope Farmer

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (Gail Zimmerman)

  •  Mikaela Logan

Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (Mark Clark)

  • Kari Hubbard
  • Kimberly Lawson

Vice Chancellor for Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives (Shannon Blevins)

  • Lamar Steele


Chair -   Meghan Dennehy
Vice Chair -Mikaela Logan           
Secretary -Karen Bitter
Treasurer – Sarah Williams
Chair, Social & Programming Committee -  Kim Lawson/Kari Varner/Tonya Large
Chair, Employee Relations Committee - Don Sharitt
Chair-Communications – Kristi McKinney

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.