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Meet Your Counselor

Developing a good relationship with your Admissions Counselor is a fantastic way to ensure that your application is best strong as it can be to help you get accepted! We interviewed our counselors to help you get to know them a little bit better and also asked them for tips and advice on improving your application. You are very welcome!


GordonLaurie • Phylicia • Erica • Ryan • Eric • Trey

Gordon BlumGORDON BLUM

Education: BS Business (Marketing) 2010, MBA 2014. Christian Brothers University
Territory: Louisiana, Desoto County, Georgia and International Students
Contact: gblum@cbu.edu

CBU's best kept secret: If I told you, then it would not be a secret but there are tunnels underneath the campus.

As a CBU alum, what do you miss about being a student here: I miss lunch in the cafe with my CBU buds.

One piece of advice for a successful application: Use a phone number without tricky voice messages... gets me EVERY time!

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Laurie GrayLAURIE GRAY

Education: Bachelor of Science, Business Administration – Finance 2007. Christian Brothers University 
Territory: Returning students, Transfers, Arkansas & a few local schools
Contact: Laurie.Gray@cbu.edu

What makes an application really stand out: A great essay! That’s your time to shine. Tell us something that we would never know otherwise!
 
As a CBU alum, what do you miss about being a student here: I built incredible relationships at CBU and many of those friends have moved away. I miss seeing them all the time!! 

Best thing about your job: Helping students and their families navigate the admissions process! It can be extremely confusing and overwhelming, but that’s why we are here!

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Phylicia DouglasPHYLICIA DOUGLAS

Education: BA Anthropology; Sociology 2011. Rhodes College. MBA 2015. Christian Brothers University
Territory: Memphis Schools, Indiana and Iowa
Contact: Phylicia.Douglas@cbu.edu
 
One piece of advice for a successful application: Strong leadership skills and well written essays! 

Hobbies outside of work: Volleyball, reading, learning to crochet, and eating! 

Best thing about your job: Talking to students from various backgrounds and helping them make one of the biggest decisions in their entire life!
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Erica MitchellERICA WILKINS MITCHELL

Education: Bachelor of Science, Business Administration – Management 2011. Christian Brothers University
Territory:
Memphis, East Tennessee and Georgia
Contact:
erica.mitchell@cbu.edu

Favorite CBU tradition:
The Christmas tree lighting! Families and friends come out to celebrate with students and faculty. It’s truly a wonderful event!

Best thing about your job:
I love interacting with students and positively impacting their lives. I’m glad to play a part in preparing them to be assets in our communities.

One piece of advice for a successful application: Write a killer essay that makes you stand out from the crowd!  Be sure to answer all applicable questions completely and correctly, and provide all requested items.

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Ryan MitchellRYAN MITCHELL

Education: BS Business Administration – Marketing 2013. Christian Brothers University
Territory/Specialization: St. Benedict at Auburndale and Summer School
Contact: Ryan.Mitchell@cbu.edu
 
CBU's best kept secret: You can get anything in the Buc covered in hot wing sauce. 

Favorite CBU tradition: Being one of the last remaining campuses in the country that serves beer to (21+ year old) students.

What would you say to a student who isn't sure whether CBU is the right place for them: Think about what you really want to get out of your college experience. Once you’ve figured that out – talk to your admissions counselor and see how CBU can accommodate this.

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Eric TaylorERIC TAYLOR

Education: BS Business (Marketing) 2010. Christian Brothers University
Territory: Missouri, Kentucky, Alabama and all other states
Contact: eric.taylor@cbu.edu

What makes an application really stand out: Other than high GPA and high ACT scores, I look for consistency in high school classes. I also take into account that many high school students have jobs that they balance with sports and academics. This can show good time management skills, which is essential in college. 

What would you say to a student who isn't sure whether CBU is the right place for them: Come visit! Looking at the website and printed materials can only show you so much. A campus visit is an opportunity to see the campus and witness what everyday life is like for a CBU student.

One piece of advice for a successful application: If you are not happy with your test score, TAKE IT AGAIN!
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Trey TedfordTREY TEDFORD

Name: Billy Wayne Tedford, but you can call me Trey
Education: 2014. Christian Brothers University
Territory: Ohio and Illinois
Contact: trey.tedford@cbu.edu

CBU's best kept secret: Martin Brock

What makes an application really stand out: An application that stands out is one that not only has a strong ACT and a Strong GPA, but also an application that has multiple extracurricular as well as work experience. It shows that the student has a great work ethic which is the type of students that stand out here at CBU. 

Funniest CBU memory: Putting someone’s entire room out on the sand volleyball court during prank week for my fraternity.


 

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