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Meet The CGC Staff


Bob McNamara, Associate Provost and Dean of The Citadel Graduate College, earned an undergraduate degree in justice and law administration from Western Connecticut State University and a master's in sociology and criminal justice from Southern Connecticut State University. He earned two master's degrees as well as a doctorate in sociology from Yale University. He is the author of more than 25 books on topics ranging from policing and crime to homelessness and urban sociology and social gerontology. He joined The Citadel in 2005, and he previously served as the Associate Dean of Evening Undergraduate Studies and as Director of the 2 + 2 program in Criminal Justice for three years.



Zane Segle, Assistant Dean for Student Engagement, earned his associate degree from Brigham Young University and his undergraduate and master’s degree in Spanish literature from the University of Utah. He also earned a doctorate in early modern Spanish literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Segle specializes in Christian and Muslim relations in the literature of sixteenth-century Spain. He published articles dealing with the representation of Moorish culture and society, particularly as it relates to defining Spain’s national identity. Dr. Segle is currently working on the ancient legends of the fall of Spain to the Moors and how it influenced nineteenth-century authors like Washington Irving, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Southey and Edgar Allen Poe. Dr. Segle is also the Primary Investigator of a grant from the Department of Defense to promote Project Global Officers, which is an initiative to support the study of critical languages at The Citadel and abroad.



Michelle Clifton, Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management and Technology of The Citadel Graduate College earned her Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern State University and Master of Adult Education from the University of Arkansas. Ms. Clifton has dedicated her career to helping others identify and achieve their goals. Prior to joining The Citadel she was the Client Engagement Manager for Ellucian working with colleges and universities in North and South America to improve operational efficiency and student success. Previously she served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management at the University of Arkansas- Fort Smith.

emilyweb Emily Thomas, Director of Admissions for The Citadel Graduate College, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology from Virginia Tech and her Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University. Prior to joining The Citadel, she worked at The George Washington University for several years, serving as an Admissions Counselor for the Graduate School of Education and the Assistant Director of Admissions for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, M.D. program.    


Donna Parrish, Director of Education Programs and Summer School for The Citadel Graduate College, received her Bachelor of Arts in French from the College of Charleston. She was the Coordinator of Professional Development courses for 13 years and has served in her current position since 2008. She has served on Staff Council multiple terms, a subcommittee of the Computer Services Strategic Planning Committee, and currently serves on the Residency Appeals Committee. For the past 15 years, she has coordinated the Teacher Cadet Program in conjunction with the School of Education. She is a member of the North American Association of Summer Sessions.



Katie Gibson, Director of Prospective Student Outreach, earned a Master of Arts in Social Science and a Graduate Certificate in Leadership from The Citadel as well as a Master's Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. She joined The Citadel Graduate College in 2006 with ten years of prior marketing experience. She serves on many campus-wide committees.


Karen Salem, Admissions and Records Specialist, earned a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama. She spent several years in corporate human resources and then made a career change to college administration. She worked at The University of Alabama, Manderson Graduate School of Business and Wilson College before joining The Citadel Graduate College in 2013.



Kelsey Rassa, Enrollment Management Coordinator for The Citadel Graduate College, earned her Bachelor of Science from Towson University. She relocated to Charleston to work for the South Carolina Aquarium before beginning her career at The Citadel in 2013.


Sean T. Arledge, Assistant to Dr. McNamara, is a graduate of Clemson University. He began working for The Citadel in the Evening Undergraduate Studies department. Before coming to work for The Citadel, he spent 10 years working in the landscape irrigation industry.



Melissa Mills is a Graduate Assistant for The Citadel Graduate College. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sports and Exercise Science from the University of Northern Colorado before she relocated to Charleston to begin her Master's Degree in Clinical Counseling at The Citadel. Melissa began working for the CGC office in August 2013.


Meredith Handren is a Graduate Assistant for The Citadel Graduate College. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from East Carolina University and is currently working on her Master of Arts in Teaching for Middle Grades in Social Studies. Prior to relocating to Charleston, she spent ten years working in Human Resources at various Financial and Consumer Goods companies in New York City. Meredith began working for the CGC office in August 2014.


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Lacey Neal is a Graduate Assistant for The Citadel Graduate College. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from The College of Charleston and is currently pursuing her Master of Education in Elementary Counselor Education.