Dr. Victoria Whitfield, Director
Dr. Whitfield is a Tuscaloosa native. In her role as director, she oversees all of UA Early College. She has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in Secondary Education- English/ Language Arts, as well as a PhD. in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Whitfield spent many years working as an administrator and a high school English teacher. Students and parents contact Dr. Whitfield when special circumstances arise that are outside the scope of another staff members' expertise. She enjoys hearing the positive experiences of UA Early College students and parents.
Fun Fact: Dr. Whitfield is a proud three-time alum of The University of Alabama.
Mrs. Pam Mixon, Assistant Director
Mrs. Mixon is from Hamilton, Alabama. She has a bachelor’s and a master’s in Secondary Education, as well as a master’s in Educational Administration and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. As the assistant director, she oversees student achievement and co-oversees the Summer On Campus program (SOC). In addition, Mrs. Mixon works closely with high school counselors and UA faculty to ensure students have the resources they need to be successful. Students and parents contact Mrs. Mixon when they have questions about courses or the SOC program.
Fun Fact: She has four grandchildren and can be found at most sporting events cheering on the Tide.
Mrs. Jennifer Hayes, Program Manager - Recruiting and Marketing
Mrs. Hayes is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She works with our recruiting specialists and marketing team to outline recruiting and communication efforts for students and families across the state of Alabama and the United States. In addition, Mrs. Hayes builds relationships with high school counselors, school administrators, and members of the Parent Leadership Council. Students or parents may call her if they have questions about communication or events. Mrs. Hayes enjoys the team focused efforts her job presents, ensuring students are able to receive the best from the program.
Fun Fact: She loves pull practical jokes on friends and family.
Ms. Lee Carter, Enrollment Coordinator
Ms. Carter is from Butler, Alabama. She’s been with UA Early College since it began in 2009. In her position, Ms. Carter admits students, awards scholarships, coordinates classes, and helps students enroll in those classes. Students contact her when they need help enrolling in a class. Parents contact her if they have questions about their student's account information. She enjoys most allaying the fears of students and parents regarding higher education and representing UA with the highest degree of integrity.
Fun Fact: Ms. Carter, her two children, and her daughter-in-law are all graduates of UA.
Ms. Karley Fernandez, Learning Community Coordinator
Ms. Fernandez is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. As the Learning Community Coordinator, she ensures students are equipped with the resources they need to succeed by advising, creating action plans, monitoring academics, and fostering a vibrant learning community. She co-oversees the Summer On Campus program. New students and students in need of action plans meet with her for advising, while students currently working with her stay in contact on a weekly basis about any class, schedule or personal concerns. Students and parents contact her for anything related to SOC. She enjoys watching students grow academically, socially, and emotionally as they begin their college careers.
Fun Fact: She has a love for lyricism and has written 500+ songs.
Mrs. Jo Hebson, Program Assistant
Mrs. Hebson is from Birmingham, Alabama. She is instrumental in making sure recruiters are prepared for recruiting events and travel. She handles all budget and finance related items, as well as event logistics. Mrs. Hebson interacts with students on the phone or at UA Early College events and assists with any general questions students or parents have about the program. Her favorite part of her job is seeing high school students' excitement when they recognize their status as a “college student."
Fun Fact: Mrs. Hebson is an avid seamstress and has made almost 100 T-shirt quilts.
Mrs. Wendy Hoggle, Academic Advisor
Mrs. Hoggle's hometown is Cleveland, Ohio. As an academic advisor, her role is to assist students with course selection based on their anticipated major. She also serves as the dual credit contact for high school counselors and students. Students schedule an advising appointment with Mrs. Hoggle each semester they want to take a course with UA Early College. Parent involvement is welcome in the student academic advising sessions and processes. She finds it most rewarding to see the students grow academically.
Fun Fact: In her spare time, Mrs. Hoggle is a bonafide cake boss.
Ms. Chartis Ivy, Academic Advisor
Ms. Ivy is originally from West Point, Mississippi, but she considers Columbus, Mississippi as home. As an academic advisor, she helps students select courses based on their anticipated major. She also serves as the dual credit contact for high school counselors and students. Students can always rely on her when they need help with deciding which courses should be the next step toward success. Parents and guardians can participate in the advising sessions with the students.
Fun Fact: She enjoys being with her loved ones and has taught color guard for several years.
Mrs. Patti Meggs, Program Assistant
Mrs. Meggs is a native of Pinson, Alabama. Her primary responsibility is maintaining the internal student database and updating student records for UA Early College. She is a primary point of contact for students and parents with general questions about the program and for any questions regarding the application/admission process. Any time Mrs. Meggs gets to meet UAEC students and hear their stories of success, it brings her joy.
Fun Fact: Not only is she an Early College employee, she is also an Early College parent.
Mr. John Adam Page, Database Marketing Coordinator
Mr. Page is from Phenix City, Alabama. His job involves working on marketing campaigns and prospective student communication, including maintaining the UA Early College website. Students and parents may communicate with Mr. Page if they send the office a question by email. They may also see him at recruiting events or on-campus functions. He enjoys helping students get a head start on their college experience and working with the UA Early College staff and faculty.
Fun Fact: He loves outdoor activities, water sports and travel.
Ms. Deja Robinson, Recruiting Specialist (South Alabama)
Ms. Robinson is from Trussville, Alabama. Her job as a recruiter involves attending various events such as college fairs, parent nights, and information sessions. Most of her time is spent at high schools working with potential and current UA Early College students and parents. Mrs. Robinson co-oversees the UAEC Ambassadors. Students and parents communicate with Mrs. Robinson about potential opportunities through participating in UA Early College. She enjoys meeting new people every day within the state and all across the country.
Fun Fact: When not working, she enjoys action movies, Disney park vacations, and reading.
Mrs. Anna Walton, Recruiting Specialist (North Alabama)
Mrs. Anna Walton is from Decatur, Alabama. She travels across the state and nation to share UAEC opportunities with students, parents, and school administrators. She is a primary point of contact for parents and students alike from the areas in which she recruits. Mrs. Walton enjoys getting to provide resources that empower students to reach their maximum potential and working closely with the whole family to ensure that support is being given. She also co-oversees the UAEC Ambassadors.
Fun Fact: Mrs. Walton enjoys cooking and trying new foods. She hopes to one day have her own cookbook.