Meet the Staff

Director of New Student & Transition Programs

Katie Burr

Katie Burr currently serves as the Director of New Student & Transition Programs at Elon, a role she began in June 2011.  She completed a Master of Education degree in College Student Affairs Administration in May 2011, and has extensive experience with orientation programming at various institutional types, including small private liberal arts; large public comprehensive, and midsized two-year nonresidential.  Katie is recognized by supervisors and colleagues for her ability to plan, develop and assess quality transition programming as well as foster meaningful, mentoring relationships with students.  Additional professional interests include first year transition programs, student academic success, career development and academic advising.  Katie’s specialty functional areas include training and facilitation, qualitative assessment, career assessment interpretation and program planning and implementation.  She was recognized as the Outstanding New Professional in Elon’s Division of Student Life in May 2012, and SGA’s Advisor of the Year in February 2013.  Katie also enjoys playing piano and running half marathons.

Coordinator of Gap Programs

Steve Morrison

Steve Morrison completed his MBA from the University of Arizona, and is a 2003 Elon alum.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru, and was actively involved with study abroad and alternative break experiences here at Elon.  He brings a wealth of experience to his role in coordinating Elon's Gap Semester Program.  Steve began working at Elon in October of 2011.


Dean of Student Development

Rexford Waters

Rexford A. Waters is the Dean of Student Development and Assistant Professor at Elon University.  He is finishing his 24th year at Elon.  He received both his BS and MS from Virginia Tech.  He has worked at Virginia Tech, West Virginia University, the University of South Carolina, and Elon University.  Rex has played a key role in the development of numerous programmatic areas at Elon most notably the Center for leadership, Campus Recreation and more recently the office of new Student and Transition programs. Rex is a dynamic and insightful leadership educator with extensive experience in the consulting arena.  He has done extensive work with MBTI, the Five Factor Profile, StrenghtsQuest, TAIS and team development processes. His current work involves leadership development and individuals in transition with a focus on teamwork and applied learning. He was recognized as Higher Education Leader of the Year by the National Society for Experiential Education in 2009. As well as leading a successful professional life, he also has a strong family focus.

Program Assistant for Student Development

Felicia Massey

A graduate of Elon College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Journalism, Felicia Massey began working at Elon in 1989. Serving most of her years in the Division of Student Life, she also advised Elon’s Phi Psi Cli Yearbook for 13 years. Felicia currently administers the New Student Record, ODK Annual Awards Day Ceremony, Elon Lodge requests and general office management.


Orientation Head Staff

Head Staff members are a group of 16 student leaders who were previously Orientation Leaders. Each leader has specific responsibilities and duties throughout the school year to help prepare and implement pieces of the Orientation program. They also help with the training and supervising of the Orientation Leaders to assure a smooth Orientation Weekend and transition into Elon University for all new students. Click here to meet the staff!

Head Staff supports New Student Orientation by coordinating programs that will:

  • empower Orientation Leaders to be effective leaders and resources for new students; and
  • build community among first year students during Opening Weekend.


Orientation Leaders

Approximately 100 Elon students are selected each year to serve as Orientation Leaders.  As OLs, these students participate in required spring trainings, spring Orientation weekends, as well as summer training prior to move-in day.  The Orientation Leader team works together to create a welcoming atmosphere for new students and families on Move-In Day and during Orientation Weekend.  Each OL also works closely with a group of 15-20 new students to facilitate small group activities that help new students become more connected to the Elon community.