Meet Our Staff

Dr. Eric Gumm, ADC and FYP Director

Eric serves as the Registrar and the Director of the First-Year Program and Academic Development. He earned his Bachelor of Science degrees in Religion and History from Pepperdine University in 1994, a Masters in Christian Ministry from ACU in 1997 and a Doctor of Education from Baylor University in 2006. Having worked at ACU since 1997, he has served in the First-Year Program since 2001 – including directing all of ACU’s new student orientation events since that time.

McKenzie Goad, Academic Counselor

McKenzie serves as an Academic Counselor and works primarily with students who are on academic probation. She is also an academic advisor for students who are undeclared majors. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from ACU in 2011 and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy also from ACU in 2013. She joined the Academic Development Center as a staff member in August of 2013. She enjoys facilitating the process of decision-making for students who are exploring their interests, as well as encouraging students when they are struggling academically.

Sarah Shipp, Academic Counselor

Sarah primarily serves as the Academic Coach, working with students who desire to improve their academic skills. She is also an Academic Advisor for students who are undeclared majors, as well as a co-advisor for the freshman honor society, Phi Eta Sigma. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from ACU in 2007 and her Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from ACU in 2013. She joined the Academic Development Center as a staff member in October of 2014.

Jacki Hathorn, Administrative Coordinator 

Jacki started working at ACU in 1999 and she has served as the Administrative Coordinator for the First-Year Program since 2004. Having had all three of her children graduate from ACU, Jacki is a great resource for parents and students. In our office, she coordinates everything from the facilities for our Passport sessions to the contact with academic departments across campus throughout the year. Jacki enjoys working with the incoming freshmen and transfer students as they prepare for their college careers, and if you call the First-Year program office she will be the welcoming voice that greets you.

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