New director to oversee advising at FAMU

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Florida A&M University has named Carlotta Mitchell as the new director of the Center for Academic Advising, where she will be tasked to oversee more than 30 academic advisers within the 14 colleges and schools at FAMU.

Mitchell’s extensive experience over more than 25 years in higher education and her commitment to student success make her the perfect fit for this vital role, according to FAMU administrators.

With a strong background in academic advising, Mitchell brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to FAMU. She earned a master’s in applied social science at FAMU and her second master’s in conflict analysis and resolution from Nova Southeastern University. She said in a release that she understands the challenges students face throughout their academic journey.

As the Center for Academic Advising director, Mitchell will be pivotal in guiding students toward achieving their educational goals. Her primary focus will be providing comprehensive academic advising services, ensuring that students receive the guidance they need to make informed decisions about their academic paths and careers. Students said they are excited to meet the new director.

Senior Allyson Christian said, “I look forward to seeing what she has in store, and I hope she can hold the current advisers accountable.”

Mitchell’s appointment comes at a critical time when students require even more support due to the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Her leadership and strategic vision will be instrumental in helping students navigate these uncertain times and overcome any obstacles they may encounter.

One of Mitchell’s key objectives will be to enhance the Center for Academic Advising’s services and resources. According to a recent statement from the Office of the Provost, Mitchell said, “I look forward to providing the team with training and resources that will equip and empower students with a first-class experience in preparation for a career.” Additionally, Mitchell aims to foster a collaborative and inclusive environment within the center, where students from diverse backgrounds feel supported and empowered to succeed.

Before this role, according to Mitchell’s LinkedIn, she served as an instructor, adviser and coordinator at the university, ensuring policies and procedures were followed and spearheaded several successful initiatives to improve student retention and graduation rates.

FAMU junior Nevoy Shepherd expressed her thoughts about advising and Mitchell’s appointment, saying, “Being a student, I’ve grown to learn how advising plays a big role in my academic career. I look forward to witnessing Ms. Mitchell’s work to ensure that my peers and I are successful at FAMU and after.”

As FAMU welcomes Mitchell as the new Center for Academic Advising director, students hope they can look forward to an enhanced and student-centered advising experience.