SPRINGFIELD – Recent changes to the staff of the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Academic Achievement Center at Missouri State University have enhanced services for some 400 student-athletes on the Springfield campus.
, who has served on the achievement center staff since 2013, will take on a new role as the director of student-athlete development and community relations in the same department. Replacing Jones will be Stephen Carberry who began his role as an academic counselor in the achievement center on August 9.
Jones is a 2011 graduate of Missouri State, earning her B.A. in History with a minor in Antiquities before earning post-graduate certification in Conflict and Dispute Resolution in 2014 and her Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education, also in 2014.
She became a full-time staff member in the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Academic Achievement Center in 2014 after serving two years in the same department as a graduate assistant.
Her new position will support the achievement center's efforts to enhance career development, recruiting, alumni relations, life skills and community involvement for current and former Missouri State student-athletes.
"A'dja has been with our office for six years and has had a tremendously positive impact on hundreds of student-athletes in that time," said Dan Raines
, assistant director of athletics for academic services. "I'm thrilled to be able to expand her role to provide even more resources to our students during their careers. We continue to be very lucky to have her at Missouri State."
Carberry is a 2014 graduate of the University of Missouri where he earned a degree in History after a successful football career for the Tigers. He went on to earn his Master's in Educational, School and Counseling Psychology from Missouri in 2015.
He has served most recently at the United States Military Academy, West Point, as its athletic academic support coordinator, working primarily with volleyball and football since 2016. Prior to that, he was the athletic academic coordinator at Lindenwood University in St. Louis where he spent 2015 and 2016. He also was a graduate assistant in the academic services area at Missouri in 2015.
A native of Belleville, Ill., Carberry holds membership in the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) and N4A Professional Development Institute (PDI).
"Stephen comes to us with extremely positive recommendations and we were very impressed during the interview process," said Raines. "He has outstanding experience at multiple institutions and we are very excited to have him onboard to work with our students."
Both hires are contingent upon final approval by the Missouri State University Board of Governors at its next scheduled meeting.