Elise Buggs, MBA,

Director of Academic Success Partnerships Eastern Michigan University,

Elise Buggs joined Eastern Michigan University in September 2010 as the founding program director of EMU’s Keys to Degrees Single Parent Program. In this role, Elise successfully developed strategic plans, quality programming, compliance guidelines, and formed collaborations across campus and throughout the community. In November 2011, she transitioned into the additional role as Director of Academic Success Partnerships, while continuing to oversee the Keys to Degrees Program through this office.

As Director, Elise designs, plans, and provides overall leadership for programs focused on enhancing student access and success, such as Mentorship, Access, Guidance in College (MAGIC), Summer Incentive Program (SIP), the Wade H. McCree Jr. Scholarship Program, Keys to Degrees Single Parent Program, and Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP).

Elise has served on the advisory board for NCSPP since 2015, and has recently renewed her commitment for a second term. She has also been involved in many of the foundational efforts that pre-dated and supported NCSPP’s launch, including the Higher Education Alliance of Advocates for Students with Children (HEAASC) and Higher Education Alliance of Residential Single Parent Programs (HEARSPP).

Elise holds a Master of Business Administration from Davenport University and a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and Communication from the University of Michigan. Elise embarked on her educational pursuits while raising her son Gary, who recently graduated from Towson University.

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