Butler-Mayes named Advising director

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Butler-MayesSeasoned academic advisor Julia Butler-Mayes has been named director of Academic Advising Services in the University of Georgia Office of Instruction. Butler-Mayes served as interim director since July 9 and begins her permanent role in the Office of Instruction immediately.

Prior to coming to the Office of Instruction, Butler-Mayes previously worked in the College of Education as director of the Office of Student Services, leading a team of 13 professional staff who support the college in various areas of student success and development. She was responsible for managing the advisement of more than 2,000 students, coordinating undergraduate recruitment efforts, implementing over 80 enriching educational events and programs for students, coordinating scholarship applications and allocations, and facilitating undergraduate academic appeals. She previously served as associate director of academic advising and advisor in the College of Education in Kinesiology and Early Childhood Education. Prior to her work at UGA, Butler-Mayes served as an advisor at The George Washington University.

She currently serves on the Transfer Student Working Group to implement a recommendation from the President’s Task Force on Student Learning and Success. Before becoming Interim Advising Director in the Office of Instruction, she served as chair-elect of the Academic Advising Coordinating Council. Butler-Mayes has served on various Council committees, including chair of the Orientation Committee and a member fo the Academic Advising Career Ladder Proposal Committee. She also has been involved in a number of projects, including the implementation of the SAGE online advising portal and improving the academic advising professional development process.

Butler-Mayes has a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Vanderbilt University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in higher education at UGA.

“We are excited to have Julia take the official reins of the Office of Academic Advising Services,” said Rahul Shrivastav, vice president for instruction. “In her four months as interim director, she has proven herself as a collaborative leader in projects and events that support advising. We look forward to further enhancing the advising experience for our students through Julia's leadership.”