Kelsey E. Johnson, PhD  Associate Professor, Department of Astornomy

The College of Arts and Sciences announced May 8 that Associate Professor Kelsey Johnson will be the new director of the Echols Scholars Program. She will take on her new position at the end of May. Additional information to follow.


Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development

Beverly T. Lorig, M.Ed.

Beverly T. Lorig was appointed Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development for the Echols Scholars Program in January 2016.  Ms. Lorig is an alumna of Georgia Southwestern State University where she earned her Bachelor in Science in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude. She received her Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Higher Education and Student Personnel Administration from the University of Georgia.

Prior to joining the UVA Career Center, Ms. Lorig was director of the Career Development Center at Washington and Lee University for over 15 years where she advised liberal arts and science students as well as those studying journalism and commerce.  She led initiatives establishing alumni-sponsored internships, expanded programs for liberal arts students and launched the successful Alumni in Residence series.  Most recently she served as Interim Executive Director of the Center for Work and Service at Wellesley College, Boston, MA.  Her experience with liberal arts colleges includes roles with Yale University, Augustana College (IL), and Agnes Scott College (GA). 

Among her notable accomplishments, Beverly was elected to the Board of the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE), President of the Virginia Association of College and Employers (VACE), and participated in the external review of liberal arts career programs. She is a National Certified Counselor and Certified Career Coach.

Ms. Lorig advises Echols Scholars in all stages of their career development. In addition to individual consultation, she works with the Echols administration and Echols Council to define unique programs that complement and expand the Echols experience.

A resident of Fairfield, VA, she lives with her husband and Ozzie, a cairn terrier, who loves the country-life of skunks and groundhogs.  In her spare time she bikes in the Shenandoah Valley and is looking forward to volunteering with and riding in the May 2016 New York City Five Boroughs Bike Ride.


Graduate Assistant

Tierre Sanford

Tierre Sanford was appointed the Echols Graduate Assistant in Fall 2016. She is a PhD candidate in Slavic Languages and Literaturest at the University of Virginia. She is a graduate of Brigham Young University having received her BA in 2014 in Russian and Linguistics with English, Editing, and Ancient Near Eastern Studies as her minors.

As the Echols Graduate Assistant,Tierre resides in the Scholars' Residence and organizes intimate dinner lectures between first year Echols Scholars and University faculty and staff. Tierre also acts a liaison between the students and administration and helps students transition to college life through academic advising, essay editing, and resume/application review.