• While choosing which college to attend can be a challenge, we can help guide you through this exciting decision. Click and expand each profile below to learn more about our admissions counselors.

    Ben Dickenson  

    Phone: (423) 614-8509

    Hello! My name is Ashley Wilson, and I am the Transfer Student Admissions Counselor here at Lee. I am available to answer any questions you may have about Lee University and more specifically, the transfer process.

    I graduated from Lee University in December 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a minor in Social Work. Growing up in a small town near Cleveland, it was aways a dream to attend Lee University. I quickly found community here by having the privilege of being a part of the Lee University Singers and serving as a freshman peer leader for incoming students. During my time in the Lee Singers, I was given the opportunity to travel across the United States as well as cross culturally. Some highlights from my time at Lee were traveling to Italy in Spring 2015 and South Africa in Spring 2017 with the Lee Singers. These opportunities provided ways for me to grow both spiritually and relationally.

    Overall, Lee allowed me to develop and strengthen my faith, create lasting friendships and be challenged academically. Lee offers a diverse atmosphere with a place for everyone, and it would be my pleasure to assist you during this time of decisions and transition to find your own story. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have! transfer@leeuniversity.edu.

    Elyse Swilley  

    Phone: (423) 614-8513

     Hello! My name is Victoria Clevenger, and I am the Admissions Counselor for the Midwest region. This includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. I’m excited to help answer any of your questions or concerns about Lee!

    I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in advertising, with a public relations minor, from Lee in May of 2015. While I was a student at Lee, I was a member of the social-service Greek club ‘Sigma Nu Sigma’ and the American Advertising Federation student society. I was also an intern with Southside Creative Group, a local marketing agency, and participated in the National Student Advertising Campaign competitions for two consecutive years. Though Lee’s Cross-Cultural program I was able to travel with other communication students to the beautiful country of Italy and a few of the Greek islands. While studying abroad, we broadened our international marketing spectrum by observing their communication industry and experiencing their culture. While working full time in the Admissions Office, I am also pursuing my Master’s in Business Administration. The faculty and student body at Lee University have served as agents for my abilities and gifts, and in doing so, have promoted my well-being undoubtedly. I’ll forever be grateful for all the opportunities and experiences that Lee University gave me!

    Lee University was the perfect fit for me because of the many opportunities for spiritual growth and academic growth. I absolutely loved my time as a Lee student – the professors who challenged me and believed in my abilities, the lifelong friendships I gained, and the beautiful campus nestled in the Tennessee mountains all added to this great experience I had as a student. As a student, I not only grew so much academically, but I also learned more about others, myself, and my relationship with The Lord. I recognize that looking for your perfect fit in a college can be overwhelming and tricky at times, but I hope I can make the process easier. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have about Lee University, I am here to help you!


    Caitlin Schrider  

    Phone: (423) 614-8503

    Hello! My name is Ben Calhoun, and I am the Admissions Counselor for Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Puerto Rico. I am looking forward to getting to answer any questions that you may have about Lee.

    After spending my first year at a state university close to home, I transferred to Lee in the fall of 2014. During my time here at Lee, I was able to be a part of the Greek community, including membership in Alpha Gamma Chi and Sigma Nu Sigma. I also had the opportunity to tour all over the country and other parts of the world as a member of the Lee University Singers. The peak of touring came in May of 2015 as we toured to Italy and performed in various venues, including Sunday morning mass in the Vatican. It was experiences like these that challenged me to grow personally, professionally, academically, relationally, and spiritually.

    In the summer of July 2016, I graduated from Lee with a degree in Pastoral Ministry and am currently continuing my education with a Master’s in Business Administration. Looking back, I can confidently say that coming to Lee was by far one the most formidable experiences of my life. Therefore, it is my goal is to see to it that same opportunity is made available to you! Please let me know if you have any questions or need more information regarding admissions.


    Nick Wilkerson  

    Phone: (423) 614-8515

     Hello there! My name is Lauren Tyrrell and I am the Admissions Counselor for Middle and West Tennessee, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming region.

    I am absolutely thrilled you are considering attending Lee University. I whole-heartedly believe this university is bound together by a welcoming community, passionate students, faculty and staff, and most importantly, Jesus Christ. 

    I graduated from Lee University in the Spring of 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. While a student, I was a site leader for a middle school ministry called Life 423, a Transfer Leader for the First Year Programs Office and a member of Sigma Nu Sigma, one of the many Greek and Social Clubs offered here. I also participated in a cross-cultural trip to Scotland and England.

    Lee University is an incredibly diverse school, offering opportunities related to most prospects and fields. The best part of coming to Lee is being a part of a university that not only strives to better one another and the community around them, but also to enhance the kingdom of God. Lee changed my life for the better and I am positive if you choose this university, it will change yours, too. I would love to chat with you more about my experience and answer any questions you may have! I am here to help!

    Diana Stevenson  

    Phone: (423) 614-8507

    Hello! My name is Diana Stevenson and I am the Admissions Counselor for Bradley County. 

    I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Lee in May of 2014. While a student, I was a member of Delta Zeta Tau, Upsilon Xi and the Public Relations Student Society of America. I was also an intern in the Community Relations Office and involved in intramurals. Through Lee's Cross-Cultural program I was able to travel with other public relations students to Germany and Austria where we experienced the culture and observed their communications profession.

    Lee was a great fit for me because of the emphasis that was placed on both spiritual and academic growth. I loved every aspect of my college experience from the beautiful campus, lifelong friendships, engaging chapel services and professors who inspired me to think critically. Being at Lee not only taught me so much academically, but I also learned more about others, myself and my relationship with God.

    I understand that looking for your perfect college can be overwhelming and sometimes discouraging, but I hope I can help make your search exciting and easy as you consider Lee University! Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!


    Phone: (423) 614-8521

    Hi there! My name is Courtney Tipton, and I am the Admissions Counselor for East Tennessee. I’m so glad you are interested in Lee University. I can’t wait to hear your story and walk alongside you during the admissions process.  

    After spending a semester at Lee, I took a semester off and moved home to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. Working various internships in the field that interested me, it didn’t take long to realize Lee was part of my story. I quickly returned to Lee and got involved on and off campus.

    As a student, I invested most of my time working on campus as a daycare provider at Lee’s Early Learning Center, where faculty and staff send their children prior to Kindergarten. I gained the unique opportunity to connect with the amazing professors at Lee. I was also given the opportunity to serve as Chaplain of our Boxing Club. This club works out at 6am every day, building relationships and discipline while learning the sport of Boxing. Not only are there immense opportunities on Lee’s campus to get involved, but Cleveland is a great place to make your home during your time here. I currently volunteer with a non-profit that provides therapeutic horseback-riding in Cleveland for disabled community members.

    While at Lee, I was able to travel all over the world doing missions in Africa, India, Haiti, and Mexico. I also studied in England! Lee has a culture that encourages cross cultural experiences and enables you to live a life with a global perspective. I am excited to hear where you choose to go on your cross cultural trip, if Lee is where you feel God is leading you!

    In May 2018, I will graduate from Lee with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Interdisciplinary studies with a Public Relations emphasis. There is no doubt Lee has been a place of growth for me, where I have been able to form lifelong relationships, and gain wisdom from the influential and inspiring faculty at Lee. Being at a Christ-centered school, you’re able to pursue a degree while also strengthening your faith. There is an incomparable spirit on this campus that I have yet to find anywhere else. I can’t wait to answer any questions you might have about my experience, and help navigate how to make Lee your home for the next four years.

    Catilyn Wright  

    Phone: (423) 614-8534

    Hello! My name is Nick Wilkerson, and I am the Admissions Counselor for Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. I’m here to answer any questions you may have and help you through the college decision-making process.I graduated from Lee University in 2013 with a degree in Communications, with an Advertising emphasis. While at Lee I was a part of Theta Delta Kappa, which is one of the ten Greek clubs that we offer. Being a part of organizations and on-campus clubs is a great way to get to know people that you would not normally interact with. I also had the opportunity to be a part of many intramural sports teams, and met some friends that I still have to this day.

    Another one of the greatest things I got to experience was the Cross-Cultural trips. I was able to travel for 2 weeks around the UK. I got to see and experience some things that I never thought I would see. I not only gained academic knowledge, but I got to witness and appreciate other people’s cultures.

    Coming to Lee was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I knew it was a calling from God to come to Lee University. I left the comforts of Maui, Hawaii and traveled over the Pacific Ocean to be here at Lee. I am very proud to have graduated from this University. College plans can be scary, but I want to make sure that you feel confident in your future decisions. I can’t wait for you to make your mark here at Lee. Please let me know if you have any questions and I will be more than happy to answer them!