Recruitment Team


At the University of South Alabama, we believe in the importance of providing personal attention to each individual within the context of the university admissions process. Our admissions counselors will be available and accessible to you throughout the college search and application process.

Use the Find Your Admissions Counselor page and select the options that will help you to find your personal recruitment counselor or choose from the list below.


Kristin Odom
New Student Recruitment

Local Schools: Bayside Academy, UMS-Wright

Call or text: (251) 220-5505

Office: (251) 460-7795



Associate Director
New Student Recruitment

Local Schools: Baker, Davidson

AL Counties: Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Monroe, Washington, Wilcox


Office: (251) 460-7834


Kristi Clayton

Kristi Clayton

Senior Admissions Officer

Local Schools: Alabama School of Math & Science, Chickasaw, Mary G. Montgomery, Saraland

Alabama Counties: Baldwin

Other Areas: Military

Call or text: (251) 220-6778

Call: (251) 461-1916


Courtney Varner

Courtney Varner
Admissions Officer- Transfer & Second Bachelor's

Local Community Colleges: Bishop State, Coastal Alabama, Mississippi Gulf Coast, Pensacola State

AL Counties for Transfer Students: Mobile, Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Monroe, Washington, Wilcox

Other States for Transfer Students: Florida, Mississippi, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Call or text: (251) 220-9873

Office: (251) 460-7971


Trey Johnson

Trey Johnson
Admissions Officer

Local Schools: Alma Bryant, Murphy, Theodore

Other States: Mississippi Service Area Counties- George, Greene, Harrison, Jackson, Perry, Stone

Call or text: (251) 220-6081

Office: (251) 460-6026




Please contact Mary Catherine Nall

Local Schools: 

Citronelle, Cottage Hill Christian, Faith Academy, Mobile Christian, Satsuma

Other States: Florida

Call or text (251) 220-9989

Office: (251) 461-1674



Lindsay Laubenthal

Recruitment Counselor, Orientation

Local Schools: St. Paul's Episcopal, St. Luke's Episcopal, McGill-Toolen Catholic HS

AL Counties: Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Pike



Call or text: (251) 220-6297

Office: (251) 461-1913



James Barlow

James Barlow
Recruitment Counselor

Local Schools: Al-Iman Academy, BC Rain, Blount, Leflore, Vigor, Williamson

Other: Homeschool students

AL Counties: Bibb, Choctaw, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter

Other States: All Mississippi Counties other than George, Greene, Harrison, Jackson, Perry & Stone


Call or text: (251) 220-6763

Call: (251) 460-7721


Regional Recruiters


Mike Hryndza
Assistant Director, Out-of-State Regional Student Recruitment

Primary States: Illinois, Ohio

Other States: Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin


Call or text: (251) 220-6054

Office: (251) 533-5887


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Jennifer Henderson
Senior Admissions Officer, In-State Regional Student Recruitment

AL Counties: Calhoun, Cherokee,  Cleburne, Etowah, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Tuscaloosa, Walker


Call or text: (251) 220-9559

Office: (251) 525-3757


Jade Chappell

Jade Chappell
Admissions Officer

AL Counties: Blount, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Winston

Other States: Tennessee

Call or text: (251) 220-0409

Office: (251) 525-3759


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Kathryn Bandy

Admissions Officer

AL Counties: Autauga, Bullock, Butler, Chambers, Chilton, Clay, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Randolph, Russell, Tallapoosa

Call or text: (251) 220-8511

Office: (251) 525-3758



Anna Buie
Admissions Officer

AL Community Colleges: Central Alabama, Chattahoochee Valley, Enterprise State, Ingram State, LB Wallace, Southern Union State, Trenholm State, Calhoun State, Drake State, GC Wallace, NE Alabama, NW-Shoals, Snead State, Marion Military, Reid State, Bevill State, Shelton State, Gadsden State, Jefferson State, Lawson State

Other States for Transfer Students: Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia

Call or text: (251) 220-6857

Office: (251) 259-6555



Caitlin Gibson
Regional Recruitment Counselor

Resides in Atlanta, GA

Primary State: Georgia 

Other States: Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia

Call or text: (251) 220-6812

Office: (251) 533-8877



Mary Catherine Nall

Regional Recruitment Counselor

Resides in New Orleans, LA

Primary State: Louisiana

Other States: Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota


Office: (251) 460-7834



Please contact Mike Hryndza with Questions

Resides in Houston, TX

Primary States: Texas

Other States: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming


Office: (251) 460-7834

Communication Center

Serena McCovery

Serena McCovery
Associate Director
Communication Center

Office: (251) 460-6582


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