The Professional Staff in New Student Programs works to bring the mission to life through engaging leadership opportunities for current students and meaningful transition programs for new Elon students and their families. Each individual in the office contributes in their own unique way. We would love for you to reach out to any one of us with questions or for more information about our programming and/or leadership development opportunities.


Emily Krechel (she/her)Woman with short blonde hair, glasses, orange long-sleeve, and floral print tie

Director of New Student Programs

Jackson Hall 103
2990 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
(336) 278-7000
ekrechel@elon.edu

Emily Krechel is the Director of New Student Programs. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from James Madison University and her Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University, Ohio. Immediately after graduate school, Emily served as the Area Director for the First-Year Experience at Earlham College. Following that, she headed west and served as the Associate Director of New Student Services at the University of California, Berkeley for five years. In 2017, Emily returned to the east coast to begin her journey as the Director of New Student Programs here at Elon. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate of Higher Education at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, camping, snowboarding, entertaining at home with her wife, and visiting family in Virginia.

Contact Emily with questions about New Student Orientation, Move-In Day, the First Year Experience at Elon, all components of Elon Bound, First Year Summer Experiences, and/or general department inquiries.


Destiny Payne (she/her)

Assistant Director of New Student Programs

Jackson Hall 103
2990 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
(336) 278-7000
dpayne7@elon.edu 

Destiny Payne is the Assistant Director of New Student Programs. Destiny has received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Social Welfare from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and her Master of Education with a specialization in Student Affairs from Iowa State University. Originally from the Chicagoland area, after completing graduate school Destiny moved to North Carolina, where she now serves as the Assistant Director of New Student Programs. Outside of work she enjoys movies, basketball, time with family, and traveling.

Contact Destiny with questions about our student staff leadership development opportunities (including the recruitment, selection, and training of all orientation student staff), move-in day, International Student Orientation, and the transfer student experience.


Catherine Little (she/her)A woman with long hair, blue shirt, and glasses

Administrative Assistant for Campus Life & NSP

Jackson Hall 103
2990 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
(336) 278-7000
clittle14@elon.edu 

Catherine Little is the Administrative Assistant for Campus Life and New Student Programs. She received an Associate Degree in Office Systems Technology from Randolph Community College in Asheboro, North Carolina. Catherine has previously worked as an administrative assistant with Academic Services and Instructional Support for Randolph County Schools and Chatham County Schools, both in North Carolina. Outside of work she enjoys reading, music, crafts, and spending time with family.

Contact Catherine with questions about general department inquiries, New Student Orientation, Move-in Day, First-Year Summer Experiences, and Elon Bound.


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Graduate Apprentice for New Student Programs

Jackson Hall 103
2990 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
(336) 278-7000

Contact our GA with questions about our student staff leadership development opportunities (including the recruitment, selection, and training of all orientation student staff), International Student Orientation, and the transfer student experience.