Meet the Staff

Director of New Student & Transition Programs

Katie Hight

Katie Hight earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Elon University, and completed her Master of Education degree in College Student Affairs Administration at the University of Georgia.  She works with Orientation, First-year Summer Experiences, the Elon Gap Semester Program, the Elon Challenge Course, and other new student transition programs.  She began working at Elon in June of 2011.



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

Dean Waters earned a Masters of Education degree and also a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Virginia Tech. He is the Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows Program. Rex began his work at Elon in 1990 with the Department of Campus Recreation.



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.