About Us

Dr. Jason Mastrogiovanni

Assistant Provost for Student Success

Contact Information
Tigert Hall 236
(352) 294-6621

Bio & Responsibilities

Jason Mastrogiovanni serves as the first Assistant Provost for Student Success. He earned a BM in Music Education from the University of Florida, an MS in Music Education from Central Connecticut State University, and a PhD in Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to coming back to UF, he worked at the University of Tennessee, Stony Brook University, Central Connecticut State University, and most recently Texas A&M University in various student success related roles. As a first-generation student himself, he is a passionate advocate for supporting students in large complex university environments. He has published several articles and presented nationally on student success, design thinking, and collaboration in higher education. He also serves as the current editor for the Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention.


Ph.D. in Education- University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.S. in Music Education- Central Connecticut State University
B.A. in Music Education- University of Florida

Selected Publications

Yamagata-Lynch, L. C., Chang, H., Hayakawa, T., Mastrogiovanni, J. M., Shipley, L., Durbin T., & Miller, C. (2020) Ah…I’m a designer. In B. Hokanson (Ed.) A new focus for learning: Educational technology beyond content. Boston, MA: Springer.

Ward Roof, J. & Mastrogiovanni, J. M. (Ed.) (2019). Building successful foundations: Best practices in orientation, transition, and retention. Minneapolis, MN: NODA: The Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention. 

Clegorne, N. A. & Mastrogiovanni, J. M. (2015). Designing alternatives: Design thinking as a mediating learning strategy to bridge science and the humanities for leadership learning. The Journal of Leadership Education. 14(4). p. 46- 54. doi: 1012806/V14/I4/I2

Selected Presentations

Mastrogiovanni, J. M. (2021, accepted presentation) Collaboration in Transfer Student Services. National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students Annual Conference. Portland, OR.

Bruner, B., Mastrogiovanni, J. M., & Moock, K., (2020). Building capacity and a foundation for those new to student success work. NASPA Virtual Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education. [Online pre-conference session due to COVID-19]

Mastrogiovanni, J. M. & Peden Christodoulou, J. (2020). The case for collaboration in designing HIPs. HIPS in the States Conference. College Station, TX.

Professional Service

2022-Present: Editor, Journal for College Orientation, Transition, and Retention

2022: Conference Chair, 1st Annual Texas Conference on Student Success 

2019-2022: Cluster Core Team for Powered by Publics, Association of Public Land Grant Universities

2017-2019: Retention Symposium Faculty, NODA: The Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention

Awards and Recognitions

2020: Research Grant Award, National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students

2017: Excellence in Teaching First-Year Seminars Award, National Resource Center and McGraw-Hill Higher Education (nominee)

2015: Advanced-Coaching Certification, National Tutoring Association                

2014: Appreciative Advising Certification, Appreciative Advising Institute   

Stephanie McBride
Manager of Operations for Student Success

Contact Information
Tigert Hall 235 
(352) 294-0994


After three years coordinating events for the College of Public Health and Health Professions, Steph had the opportunity run the largest event at the university; she then spent the next six years serving the offices of the Provost and President as the Commencement Director.

When UF’s student success initiative began, she helped with committee work. When Student Success took form as a division and there was an opportunity to become a staff member, Steph made the move to Student Success where she now serves as the Manager of Operations.

In her spare time she can be found hiking, baking or hanging out with her husband and their five pet chickens.


As the manager of operations, Steph provides support and communications for internal and external stakeholders to ensure our mission moves forward.


B.A. in Natural Resources and Environmental Management- Ball State University

Kelly J. Medley (she/her)
Lecturer, Office of Prestigious Awards

Contact Information
Walker Hall 201 
(352) 392-1519

Bio & Responsibilities

Kelly J. Medley returned to the University of Florida in 2019 to serve as the first faculty member dedicated full-time to nationally and internationally competitive awards. She works with current students and alumni to identify prestigious awards that match their personal, academic, and career goals in an effort to create space for them to see themselves as scholarly contributors to their communities and society at-large. Kelly especially enjoys advising them through the deeply reflective application process. She collaborates widely with campus partners such as the University Honors Program, International Center, Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR), and the many faculty who serve on the various Prestigious Awards Review Committees (PARCs).

Kelly is a first-generation college student who received both of her degrees from UF, and this informs her work in making prestigious award opportunities more widely known on our large and intellectually diverse campus. Before starting her current role, Kelly worked in academic and career advising at several higher education institutions, most recently as an honors advisor. Her research interests include the motivations and developmental needs of four-year university students who simultaneously earned an Associate’s degree alongside their high school diploma, as well as the unique positioning of honors advisors in the higher education landscape.


M.Ed. in College Student Personnel in Higher Education- University of Florida

B.A. in History- University of Florida


Johnson, M., Walther, C., & Medley, K. (2018). Perceptions of advisors who work with high-achieving students. Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 19(1), 105-124.

Selected Presentations

Scroggs, P., Lopez-McGee, L., Medley, K., & Egan, M. (2021). “Inclusive Recruitment and Intentional Outreach: Making Digital Strategies Personable”, National Association of Fellowship Advisors. [remote presentation due to COVID-19 pandemic]

Johnson, M. & Medley, K. (2016) "Harnessing the Strengths of High-Achievers"; pre-conference session, NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising, Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Johnson, M. & Medley, K. (2015) "Exploring the Phenomenon of Honors Advising" National Collegiate Honors Council, Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Professional Service

2022-present: Pro Bono Initiative & Awards Working Group Member, National Association of Fellowship Advisors.

2018-2020: Council Member (Regional Division), NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising.

2016-2018: Region 10 Chair, NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising.

Awards & Recognitions

2022-2023: Top Producing Doctoral Institution, Fulbright U.S. Student Program

2012: Research Grant, NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising

Nigel Richardson
Senior Director of Advising


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Nigel Richardson is a dynamic and accomplished higher education professional with a passion for academic advising and student success. Previously, he served as the Assistant Director for New Student Transitions at the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Academic Advising Center at the University of Florida. He is a firm advocate of continuous professional development for academic advisors, acknowledging its crucial significance. With over a decade of experience in advising, Nigel has played an active role in a range of university activities and committees. He is convinced effective academic advising is pivotal to the success of undergraduate students and firmly believes that supporting advisors is essential to ensuring that students receive the guidance they need to realize their academic and career aspirations. As he embarks on his new role as Senior Director of Advising, Nigel eagerly anticipates the opportunity to collaborate with the diverse and dynamic University of Florida community. He is committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive learning environment where all students can achieve their academic and career aspirations, and he is eager to work alongside advisors, staff, and faculty to ensure that students receive the highest quality of academic guidance.


As Senior Director of Advising, Nigel will represent the academic advising community as part of the Advisory Council for Undergraduate Affairs. He will oversee UF-level websites and media related to Academic Advising, collaborating with various stakeholders to prioritize and implement advising support tools and technology. Furthermore, he will coordinate the preparation of an annual report on Academic Advising, establish a University Advising Leadership Group, and contribute to the development of the Academic Advising component of Preview. Nigel will also supervise a team of Transition Advisors and serve on the UF Student Success Executive Leadership team.


M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration- Valdosta State University

B.A. in Political Science- Valdosta State University


2023: UF Office of Academic Support Advisor of the Year

2021: UF Division 3 Superior Accomplishment Award

2020: CLAS Professional Advisor of the year

2017: Liberal Arts Commission-Sponsored Presentation at NACADA