UAT Leadership Team

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Beth Spencer, Ph.D.

Director, Undergraduate Advising & Transition

beth.spencer@gatech.edu

Dr. Beth Spencer worked at Georgia Tech for 10 years in a number of roles, including Senior Assistant Director for the Center for Academic Success (CAS); Pre-Teaching advisor (she was our first); and Academic Advisor II in Biomedical Engineering. Most recently, she served as the Director of the Center for Academic Success at the University of West Georgia. She holds a Ph.D. in History from Georgia State University, a M.Ed. in Adult Education from the University of Georgia, and a M.A. in Modern Social History from the University of Lancaster (UK).

Beth collaborates closely with the Complete College Georgia-Georgia Tech (CCG-GT) steering committee to ensure alignment of academic advising with CCG strategies. She works closely with the Registrar’s Office on the development and communication of academic policy and curriculum updates as they relate to advising. Finally, she serves as Georgia Tech’s representative on the USG’s Regent’s Advisory Committee on Academic Advising (RACAD) and advises GTAAN and other campus partners.

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Nicole Leonard

Nicole Leonard

Assistant Director for Coaching & Advising

nml@gatech.edu

Nicole brings 15 years of advising experience at Georgia Tech to this role. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Clayton State University and Certification as a Co-Active Coach. She joined the Honors Program shortly after its founding in 2006, serving as Assistant to the Director and then Academic Advisor before assuming her current role as Advising & Outreach Manager for the Honors Program in 2017. Nicole has advised and mentored generations of Honors Program students from all majors. During this time, she has also pursued additional leadership training through participation in the Georgia Tech ASPIRE program, Center for Deliberate Innovation Change Accelerator, and Inclusive Leaders Academy. Nicole has served as a Georgia Tech Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Leadership Fellow Coach for several years and as an instructor for several courses, including GT 1000, GT special topic, GT innovation internship, and Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) courses. She has been a member of the Georgia Tech Academic Advisor Network (GTAAN) since 2008, serving as Vice President of Programming from 2012-2014, and a member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) since 2009, delivering a paper “I Got it from NACADA: Incorporating Life Coaching Techniques into an Advisor’s Toolbox” at a regional conference in 2016. She was recently recognized by the Women of Georgia Tech Employee Resource Group as a L.O.V.E (Living Our Values Every Day) Nominee.

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Sydnee Henry

Sydnee Henry

Academic Coach

shenry39@gatech.edu

Sydnee Henry earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Georgia Tech and is currently pursuing her Master’s of Architecture degree. With her degrees, Sydnee hopes to aid in diversifying the field of Architecture and Design. While in undergrad she worked for the Office of Minority Education and Development as an EDGE Mentor and a Challenge counselor. Her roles in OMED fostered her love for helping other students and pushing them to be their best and authentic selves. Aside from studying and work, Sydnee spends her time watching anime, traveling , and helping her little sister with her homework.

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De’Angelo Neely

De’Angelo Neely

Transfer Success Advisor/Program & Operations Manager

deangelo.neely@gatech.edu

De’Angelo earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Juvenile Law and his Master of Communications degree from Lindenwood University in Saint Louis, MO. Before coming to Georgia Tech, he worked in Finance for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the U.S. His time there prepared him for a career in Academia which started in April 2015.

De’Angelo, currently serves as Tech’s first Transfer Success Advisor where he will advise and assist transfer students.  In addition to his role, he is an Academic Coach and GT1000/2000 Instructor of the Year. 

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Patricia Rangel

Patricia Rangel

Academic Coach

patricia.rangel@gatech.edu

Patricia Rangel's twenty-four-year career in education has led me from Birmingham, Alabama, to Australia, East Timor, and Seattle, Washington. I have taught everything from preschool to graduate school and maintained a foot in the creative world during the duration. Over a year ago Atlanta became home and in 2020, I began a second career where I am currently earning a Master in Architecture from Georgia Tech. I was fortunate enough to be the child of two Colombian immigrants who, despite their own limited opportunities, made sacrifices to ensure I had a quality education and enriching life experiences.

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Russell Wallis

IT Support Professional Lead

russell.wallis@gatech.edu

Russell earned a B.S. in Physics and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of West Georgia. He has held positions at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of West Georgia, where he was responsible for lab and classroom technology in the Technology Enhanced Learning Center, and in Douglas County schools, where he managed a team responsible for all of the technology needs for ten elementary schools. In the Center for Career Discovery and Development at Georgia Tech (now the GT Career Center), he supported the efforts of the staff, student, and employers daily to make use of laptops for remote advisement, CareerBuzz for Employer/Student interaction, and C3M for on campus recruiting management.  In addition to his role with the GT Career Center, Russell also supported a wide variety of user systems and applications for the Office of Undergraduate Education. Russell is now the Salesforce Administrator for the undergraduate advising platform Advisor Link in Undergraduate Advising and Transition.

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