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.

Caddie Coupe, FYP Assistant Director

Caddie serves as the Assistant Director of the First-Year Program. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication in 2007 from Abilene Christian University. Caddie began her career by working in Student Activities for Pepperdine University where she was able to combine her passion for events and working with students. She returned to ACU in the spring of 2013. Caddie enjoys mentoring students, teaching leadership skills, and creative planning.

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.

Karen Witemeyer, University Testing Center Coordinator

Karen serves as the Coordinator of University Testing and she is also an academic advisor for students who are undeclared majors. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Abilene Christian in 1993 followed by a Master of Science in School Psychology in 1995 also from ACU. She joined the Academic Development Center in June of 2003. She administers the ACT, MAT, THEA, CLEP, placements tests, and correspondence exam. She oversees all testing activities during ACU's Passport Sessions for entering freshmen.

Kent Akers, Career and Academic Counselor

Kent Akers works as the Career and Academic Counselor, as well as serving as an academic advisor for students who are undeclared majors. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate who graduated from ACU with his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2009 and his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, also from ACU, in 2011. Having joined the Academic Development Center in August of 2013, he loves working with ACU students to make decisions about their majors and careers. He directs the Discovery for Deciding Seminar and administers the MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory to assist students in their academic and career choices.

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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