Most of my professional career has been devoted to teaching and administration. Serving five years as a Business Instructor and Department Head at Horry-Georgetown Technical College and later for an additional five years as History teacher, department head, and coach at Coastal Academy, I have been privileged to experience a broad range of teaching and administrative duties. Those experiences encouraged Dr. George Reeves, long-time Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, to offer me a Graduate Assistantship for the spring semester in 1989. My initial duties were confined to gradate recruiting and international admissions—both duties handled by GA’s in those days. As the demands of coordinating international admissions and recruiting grew, my role quickly expanded into a full-time position. In January 1997, I was appointed Associate Director of Graduate Admissions, combining old and new responsibilities. I became Director of Graduate Admissions in October 1999. While institutional commitment to graduate recruiting and international admissions has changed with leadership and funding priorities, I have remained passionate about both, recognizing how they impact the branding and the service-related mission of the Graduate School. Serving on Commencement and Legal Residency committees, being involved in NAFSA and NAGAP organizations, and acting as liaison between the Graduate School and various internal and external student support offices, embassies, and placement organizations, have given me a broad perspective on higher education. Those experiences have helped me appreciate the complex demands of diverse students, faculty, staff, and administration and enabled me to better understand and serve their respective needs. As my role continues to evolve, my passion remains strong and inspires me to nurture existing partnerships and forge new ones as together we strive to achieve a shared goal of academic excellence and student success.