|The Academic Success Center
Baron-Forness Library, 2nd Floor
Phone: (814) 732-2218
Fax: (814) 732-2210
Dr. Philomena Gill, Assistant Vice President Academic & Student Success, has worked at Edinboro University since 2001 in the divisions of finance and administration, student affairs, and academic affairs. For ten years, she worked in the area of career development and adult student services. In her current role, she serves as the Assistant Vice President for Academic and Student Success where she oversees the Academic Success Center, the Global Education Office, the Transfer and Adult Student Services Office, and the Testing Center.
Dr. Gill holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in psychology and a master’s in communication studies with an emphasis in management, both from Edinboro University. Her doctorate is in administration and leadership studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. While at IUP, her research focused on adult student retention. Her dissertation was title: The Power of Perseverance: A Qualitative Study of Factors that Impact Adult Student Persistence to Graduation.
Brenda Abreu-Baker, Academic Success Coordinator, joined Edinboro University in September of 2001 with over sixteen years of experience in higher education. Brenda, who has served in different capacities within the University, brings a wealth of experience in the fields of Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Employment. Brenda is dedicated and committed to fulfilling the vision and mission of Edinboro, with special attention toward bilingual, poor, and underrepresented students. This passion helped her to earn her undergraduate degree in Spanish from Edinboro University in 2008. Brenda is a certified Spanish translator, a member of the Latin American Association, and the National Coalition Building Institute. She believes that higher education is the single greatest pathway to personal transformation and self-efficacy. Brenda enjoys learning about new cultures, listening to music, traveling, and spending time with her family in-state and abroad.
LaTessa Black, Academic Success Coordinator, was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and joined Edinboro in August of 2015. Destined to work in the media industry, she received her undergraduate degree in Telecommunications, Sales and Promotion from Ball State University in 2010. After working professionally in media sales, admissions, and as a car saleswoman, she decided to change careers and pursue something more fulfilling. She moved to Macomb, Illinois where she received a Master of Science in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. Although the road may be much longer and difficult to graduation for some students, she believes it is absolutely possible with hard work and commitment. To see a student grow and evolve over the course of a college career to an individual that is more consciously aware of who they are and the world around them is a beautiful thing. Outside of work, LaTessa enjoys cooking, live performances, and connecting with family and friends.
Aarron Hunsinger, Academic Success Coordinator, returns to his alma mater after working in the field of behavioral health. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Edinboro in 2009, and then a Master’s Degree in College Counseling in 2011. Aarron is certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors. He has a special interest in the college population and enjoys providing tools to students to help them succeed. Aarron truly believes in order to be successful, students must receive a balanced, holistic experience while in college. In his free time, Aarron enjoys spending time with his dogs, the outdoors and home improvement projects.
George Morgan III, Academic Success Coordinator, works primarily with both Business Administration students and Undeclared students. George earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science, minor in International Studies from Pennsylvania State University in 2005. George is also a graduate of Edinboro University, where he earned a Master of Arts & Social Sciences degree, concentration Sociology in 2007. Before joining the Academic Success Center, George was employed at Mercyhurst North East as an Academic Success Coach and Adjunct Faculty instructing Contemporary Social Problems, Human Growth & Development and English Composition. In the past, George has been employed as a Blended Case Manager for Lakeshore Community Services, Inc., as a Therapeutic Support Staff for the Barber National Institute, and as an AmeriCorps*VISTA Community Service Coordinator at American International College in Springfield Massachusetts. In his spare time, George enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with his family. George currently serves as Treasurer of the Erie NAACP where he shares his belief in equality for all people. He recently completed a 4 year appointment serving on the Human Relations Commission of Erie County, where he worked to eliminate discrimination in housing, hiring practices, and public accommodations.
Ashley Wassel, Academic Success Coordinator, received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University in 2007. She then went on to receive her Master of Education in Educational Psychology in 2009 and her Master of Science in School Psychology in 2010, both from Edinboro University. Ashley is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists and is a certified School Psychologist in Pennsylvania. She believes all students can reach their academic and personal potential, provided that they have access to the appropriate resources. She wants to be one of those resources. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys the outdoors, camping, gardening and spending time with her family.
Dr. Karen Suebert, Academic Success Center Advisor, has been teaching philosophy at Edinboro, including the Porreco College, for 31 years. Prior to that, she taught all over the country and in Canada for another 10 years, for a total of 41 years of teaching experience. She started out in art with a double major in Fine Arts and Arts/Architectural History at Penn State University with a year of post-graduate study in Drawing & Sculpture at the New York Studio School in New York. She then went on for her M.A. plus Ph.D. (1974) in Philosophy at Penn State. She has taught both Eastern and Western Philosophy, and her favorite philosopher is Martin Heidegger. She has traveled in Europe, Puerto Rico, and India and gave papers recently in Toronto and New York City on Heidegger versus Technology.
Dr. Corbin Fowler, Academic Success Center Advisor, has been a full-time philosophy teacher for 40 years, teaching the past 28 at EU. He is the author of professional publications, has authored three books and one textbook, and more recently edited “The Ravenclaw Chronicles: Reflections from Edinboro.” His special interests are ethics, political philosophy, and the function of myth in human culture. He is the creator and headmaster of Edinboro Potterfest.
Dr. Carol Gleichsner, Academic Success Center Advisor, has been a faculty member and academic advisor at Edinboro University since 1991. After completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology at SUNY Potsdam, she went on to Penn State University, completing both her Master’s degree (College Student Counseling) and her doctorate (Adult Education). She has since added certification as a Career Development Facilitator. Dr. Gleichsner believes that each student has the potential for success when they choose a career that can excite and challenge them. She encourages students to seek support and use all of the resources available to reach their dreams.
In her free time, Dr. Gleichsner enjoys lots of outdoor activities, travel, cooking and animals.
Dr. Bridget Jeffery, Academic Success Faculty, joined the faculty at Edinboro University in 1997, having taught political science since 1985 at the University of Kansas, in the Detroit area, the University of Texas-El Paso, and Western New England College (Springfield, Massachusetts). She earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kansas and has taught courses in American politics and government, public policy, public administration, research methods, Women and Politics, and Introduction to Women’s Studies. Bridget's political science research has included examining the influences of political factors and federal trial judges’ backgrounds on their judicial decisions, comparing states' campaign finance policies, and studying President Richard Nixon’s papers at the National Archives to determine the nature of Nixon’s federal judicial appointment strategy. During university breaks, Bridget enjoys traveling, playing and listening to music, and doing genealogical research.
Deborah Hall, Testing Coordinator