Membership Spotlight - Michael Terrell

The Mission of NAGAP is to support, advance and engage graduate enrollment professionals by promoting integrity, excellence and collaboration through education and professional development.


Monday, January 21, 2019 - 10:30am

Michael Terrell

Associate Director of Graduate Studies at Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA

Education: BA in Broadcasting and an MA in Higher Education Administration both from Georgia Southern University. Currently enrolled in an EdD program at Clark Atlanta in their accelerated inaugural cohort in Higher Education Leadership

Michael Terrell is the Associate Director of Graduate Studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology and he lives in Atlanta, Georgia.  Michael has been at Georgia Tech for 8 years and has worked in higher education for 17 years.  As the Assistant Director he is a “one stop shopping” center for all things Digital Media in the School of Literature, Media and Communication. His primary duties include academic advisement, enrollment management, PhD milestone tracking, curriculum development, course scheduling, alumni relations and career development.

Michael’s favorite part of the job is interacting with the students. He finds it incredibly rewarding to see a student who began by asking questions about admissions requirements progress towards walking across the stage at graduation and succeeding in their chosen career. “Working at GT exposes me to students from a variety of backgrounds, and their intellect never ceases to amaze me,” says Michael. Michael also especially appreciates the opportunity to work within such a picturesque campus in the middle of urban Atlanta.

Michael knew he wanted to be in the world of higher education when he was a part of Georgia Southern’s orientation program (SOAR).  This is when he recognized his passion for higher education and working with students.  Now, as a proactive and supportive resource for graduate students, Michael takes special care in guiding students throughout their graduate careers. He utilizes “an intrusive approach in my day to day graduate advising practices so that support can be proactive rather that reactive and help prevent the student from becoming a statistic.”

His advice to those just staring their career in higher education is simple. “Meet colleagues outside your department and nurture those relationships.”  He also recommends being sure to show the students that you care. When asked if he could have another career aside from one in higher education, he left the answer blank. Further clarification revealing he cannot imagine any other career giving him this much satisfaction.

Michael’s favorite NAGAP memory is attending his first national conference in Tennessee.  “It was my first time being involved with NAGAP and I wish I knew about the organization when I first started working with the graduate population.” Michael has been a NAGAP member for 4 years and is also a member of SEAGAP, the Southeastern Association of Graduate Enrollment Management Professionals.   Michael finds the advantages of being a part of NAGAP to be many. “I have met both friends and mentors that I communicate with on everything from pop culture to best practices in GEM,” he says. Meeting people from across the country who are professionals in the GEM field has only enhanced the work he does at Georgia Tech.