• Meet our Student Success Team

    Our mission at The Hub is to join forces for student success. We do this by partnering with students, faculty, and staff across campus to assist students in meeting their goals and persisting to graduation. Our skilled student success professionals regularly reach out to and meet with students to offer Success Coaching and other services. To speak with a member of our team, contact us at thehub@leeuniversity.edu, or visit us on the third floor of the Paul Conn Student Union.

    Kelsey Baker
    Kelsey Baker
    Director of Student Success and Retention

    Kelsey Baker serves as the Director of Student Success and Retention for the Student Success Center. She is passionate about partnering with students to help them realize their strengths and reach their goals. She deeply enjoys creating opportunities for students to thrive and to lead, both on campus and in their future endeavors. Kelsey’s Lee story began as a first generation college student and transfer student. She now holds an MS in Higher Education Administration, and a BA in Psychology. Her own college experience as well as her background in Residential Life have given her a unique perspective on the challenges that students overcome on the path to graduation. Her signature strengths are Developer, Belief, Intellection, Connectedness, and Achiever.

    Amber Taylor
    Amber Taylor DeLong
    Administrative Assistant to the Director of Student Success and Retention

    Amber Taylor DeLong is a 2016 alum of Lee, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development with an emphasis in Business. She graduated after finishing her career as a nontraditional student, taking classes and working in Academic Services, while at the same time balancing her role as a single mom of two children named Jenna and Carson. Amber is from Cleveland and she grew up around the campus, so Lee feels like home to her. She enjoys interacting with students, both current and prospective, as well as their families. Her key strengths are Developer, Empathy, Belief, Restorative, and Individualization.

    Landa Torrence
    Landa Torrence
    Coordinator of Learning Support

    Dr. Landa Torrence is the Coordinator of Learning Support for the Student Success Center. A native of Athens, Tennessee, Dr. Torrence has spent the past two decades in Georgia, both as a classroom teacher and as an instructional technology coach. Prior to joining the staff at Lee, she served as the Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Communication at Hebron Christian Academy in Dacula, Georgia. Dr. Torrence received her Bachelor of Arts degree from East Tennessee State University before going on to pursue her M.Ed. from Cambridge College, and both her Ed.S. and Ed.D. from Argosy University. She is excited to be joining the staff at Lee University, and to finally coming back to her roots in Tennessee. Her key strengths are Developer, Connectedness, Belief, Intellection, and Input.


    Golden Madume
    Golden Madume
    Coordinator of Coaching and Mentoring

    Golden Madume serves as the Coordinator of Coaching and Mentoring for the Student Success Center. As an advocate of student development, he is passionate about fostering student success through high impact practices and building meaningful vocational connections. He encourages students to engage their strengths, skills, interests, and values as they prepare for fulfillment in their personal, academic, and career development. Mr. Madume holds an MS in Counseling with emphasis in College Student Development and a BA in Psychology. His top 5 strengths are Harmony, Intellection, Developer, Discipline, and Belief.


    Brieanne Maya
    Brieanne Maya
    Student Success Coach

    Brieanne Maya serves as a Student Success Coach for the Student Success Center. Brieanne attended Lee University as a student from 2009 – 2014, in which time, she earned a BA in Music Education and a MA in Church Music. Brieanne enjoys building relationships with people and helping them realize their potential. She believes that every individual has a life of purpose that is carefully orchestrated by God, and it is her greatest desire to help students recognize and walk in that purpose. She is excited to join the student success team in encouraging and empowering students to reach their goals. In her free time, Brieanne enjoys outdoor activities, such as hiking and kayaking, with her husband, Bobby. Her signature strengths are Harmony, Futuristic, Developer, Empathy, and Belief.


    Matt Rutkowski headshot
    Matt Rutkowski
    Student Success Coach

    Matt Rutkowski serves as a Student Success Coach for the Student Success Center. He truly believes that any student can be successful given the right tools. He is excited to be one of those tools for students. He is looking forward to building meaningful relationships with students and coming alongside them, and provide support so that they can achieve their goals. Matt transferred into Lee University and graduated with a degree in Art Education. Matt has worked as both an elementary and high school art teacher. He also spent some time working as a Campus Security Officer here at Lee. His signature strengths are Adaptability, Strategic, Input, Futuristic, and Developer.

    Whitney Thompson
    Whitney Thompson
    Student Success Coach

    Whitney Thompson serves as a Student Success Coach for the Student Success Center. Her hope is to assist students in accomplishing their goals as they strive towards a college degree. She is excited to be a part of a team that has such a strong passion for guiding students towards achievement. Whitney has an AS in Interdisciplinary Studies from Cleveland State Community College and a BS in Education from Tennessee Wesleyan University. Whitney’s Lee story began with her husband, who is a Lee alumni and former member of the golf team. They loved the atmosphere so much that they decided to get married at the university chapel. Whitney has gained experience working with college students and college readiness through her time with TRiO (Upward Bound) at Hiwassee College and a position in the business office at Tennessee Wesleyan University. Her objective at Lee University is to provide a source of guidance that will be a benefit and comfort to all students. Her signature strengths are Connectedness, Restorative, Discipline, Context, and Belief.