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Courtney Salters

Courtney SaltersCourtney Salters has been a member of the Vanderbilt community since her days as an undergraduate student.  Her position as a Resident Advisor sparked an interest to work in student affairs. She began her career in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and transitioned to the Dean of Students office as a result of her desire to make more meaningful connections with students.

Courtney is an advocate for students and enjoys assisting them in their development into competent leaders.  She is a native of Tupelo, Mississippi and enjoys singing, health & wellness, and spending time with her family.



courtney.n.salters@vanderbilt.edu | Sarratt 207 | 615-322-7993

Lori Murphy
Program Coordinator

Lori MurphyLori Murphy is a proud Vanderbilt alumnus who is passionate about supporting co-curricular learning, leadership development, and student engagement. She first discovered her passion for student affairs as an undergraduate where she gained a unique perspective of and fascination with the University through her role as Student Body President.

She began her career in higher education at the University of Virginia where she focused on alumni engagement and student government advising. She returned to Nashville in 2012 to implement Anchor Link, Vanderbilt’s student involvement system. Since then she has sought strategic ways to leverage the system’s tools and reporting capabilities to enhance the co-curricular student experience, help students identify meaningful opportunities for engagement, and serve the needs of campus partners. Lori also highly values her role as an advisor to Dance Marathon, Vanderbilt’s largest philanthropic organization.

She is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in higher education administration from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College and her proudest accomplishment is making the Brookie a staple of the Vanderbilt experience through her love of desserts.

lori.t.murphy@vanderbilt.edu | Sarratt 315C | 615-875-2532

Whitney Ezell
Program Coordinator

Whitney EzellWhitney Ezell graduated from Mercer University’s Stetson School of Business and Economics with a BA in Marketing and Management. During her undergraduate career, she was involved with orientation, the freshman business experience, Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Mercer on Mission, and Reformed University Fellowship.

Whitney comes to Nashville from Charlottesville, VA, where she worked for several years as the Business Director of a start-up medical company. After volunteering with her churches’ youth group and coaching soccer at a local high school, she decided to pursue her passion for student growth and development by gaining her Master’s in Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education from the University of Virginia. During her time at UVa, she served as the Graduate Assistant in the Office of the Dean of Students, where she advised student groups, planned leadership workshops, and supervised two week-long summer programs for both high school and college students.

She is excited to get involved in the young professionals community in Nashville, and has already joined several sports teams through the Nashville Sports League! Anchor down and Go Dores!

whitney.ezell@vanderbilt.edu | Sarratt 339 | 615-875-8375

Clay McCullough
Graduate Student Staff

Clay McCulloughClay McCullough is currently a first-year graduate student in the Higher Education Administration program at Vanderbilt University concentrating in Student Affairs. Originally from Hendersonville, Tennessee right outside of Nashville, Clay considers himself to be a Nashville native. He graduated from Belmont University in May of 2014 with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management.

During his undergraduate years, Clay was involved in orientation programs, student government, Greek life, and interned in the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership Development.  Through his student leadership positions, he realized his passion for higher education and specifically his interest in developing support and resources for first-year students. Clay values the importance of a co-curricular education and enjoys finding creative ways to enhance the overall collegiate experience.

When not in the office, Clay serves as the chapter advisor for the Zeta Alpha chapter of Phi Kappa Tau, as a Greek Fellow at Vanderbilt, and works in the Office of New Student and Parent Programs at Belmont.

clay.mccullough@vanderbilt.edu | Sarratt 333 | 615-875-2757