Wingate University professor wins national award

Dr. Heather McDivitt
Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer 704-233-8320

Wingate, N.C. – Wingate University Assistant Professor of Religion, Heather McDivitt, has been selected as an Outstanding Advising Award Winner in the Faculty Academic Advising category from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). The award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students. She will be honored and presented with the award in Salt Lake City, UT during the NACADA Annual Conference this fall.

McDivitt has been teaching in the religion department at Wingate University since 2006. Before coming to Wingate, she earned a degree in Elementary Education from Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., a Master in Education at State University of New York at Buffalo, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a PhD in Systematic Theology from University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She was ordained in April 2013.

She counts being involved in the lives of college students as an honor. "College is such a neat part of the journey," she said. "I want to help college students have a successful transition personally, socially, physically, emotionally and spiritually."

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 6th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves nearly 2,700 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

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