Meet Your Admissions Director

Your Admissions Director is here to help you with every step of the process to become a Knight—whether it’s learning about the programs and scholarships available or walking you through our application process.

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Pacific States
Utah
Central States
Atlantic States
D.C., Maryland & Virginia

To see the admissions director over your region, select your state:

Main Admissions: 540-261-8401

Madison Hugie

Madison Hugie

Director of Admissions

I love the outdoors and I’m always looking for my next adventure. My husband and I love to travel, experience new cultures, and explore—especially when we can bring along our golden doodle! Educationally, I earned a bachelor’s in history and anthropology and master’s in public administration from Southern Utah University. My professional passions lie in helping others reach their full academic potential and it is an honor to be part of Southern Virginia University!

Email: madison.hugie@svu.edu

Craig Lund

Craig Lund

Admissions Director · D.C., Maryland & Virginia

I used to tell people my claims to fame were playing on two National Championship football teams at the University of Oklahoma and serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in South America. But now my claim to fame, together with my wife, is having raised five good children; four of whom have graduated from Southern Virginia. I grew up playing in rock bands, playing sports, and spending time with my family. My favorite band right now is Imagine Dragons.

Email: craig.lund@svu.edu
Phone & Text: 571-245-7559

Scott Winterton

Scott Winterton

Admissions Director · Atlantic States

I am a native Virginian who loves living in the Shenandoah Valley and working at Southern Virginia University. I joined the University to help coach men’s lacrosse and fell in love with sharing the message of this amazing school with prospective students. Now in admissions, I have the opportunity to share the benefits of this University on a much larger scale. I’m also a proud parent of Knights—my three oldest children attend Southern Virginia and are having fantastic experiences studying in the classroom and competing in NCAA DIII athletics. Our entire family is passionate about athletics, but we also love trips to the beach and playing Nerf capture the flag. I look forward to working together!

Email: scott.winterton@svu.edu
Phone & Text: 434-806-5435

Moriah Leavitt

Moriah Leavitt

Admissions Director · Central States

I am from a town in Idaho with more cows than people where I grew up eating potatoes and blasting Taylor Swift (not much has changed since then). I received an associates degree and played collegiate basketball at the College of Southern Idaho and then served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Anchorage, Alaska. I transferred to Southern Virginia University looking for a personalized education that would help me grow, which is exactly what I got. I’ve made lifelong friendships here and recently graduated with a degree in psychology. I even met my amazing husband! We love to do anything that gets us outside, so this is the perfect place for us. I’m so excited to share it with you!

Email: moriah.leavitt@svu.edu
Phone & Text: 540-817-3698

Nate Losee

Nate Losee

Admissions Director · Utah

I believe in the three M’s: motorcycles, movies, and mountains! When I’m not riding my motorcycle around the Blue Ridge, you can find me watching movies with my friends. I was born and raised in Utah and served a mission in Veracruz, México. While attending Southern Virginia University I studied Business and Spanish, played on the rugby team, and participated in student government. I fell in love with this place and I’m so happy that I now get to call it my home. Southern Virginia is full of opportunities and has a unique family feeling about it. I am excited to help you learn about this amazing school and welcome you to the family!

Email: nate.c.losee@svu.edu
Phone & Text: 540-784-3496

Brad Pinkston

Brad Pinkston

Admissions Director · Pacific States & International

I’m a proud alum of Southern Virginia University where I studied liberal arts and history. Born and raised in Southern California, I served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kyiv, Ukraine. My wife and I love living in Virginia and enjoy taking our two boys on hikes through the Blue Ridge. We really appreciate the history and beauty of the East Coast. I played volleyball and football in high school and I’m passionate about athletics—especially when supporting the Knights! This University has a special place in my heart and I feel blessed to be a part of it.

Email: brad.pinkston@svu.edu
Phone & Text: 805- 823-5864

Rachel Maloney

Erica Tompkins

Performing Arts Recruiter

I used to believe my home state of West Virginia was the “better” Virginia. Now that I’ve lived in Buena Vista for four years I can confidently say that both have their perks: West Virginia has the good pepperoni rolls and the Mountaineers, and Virginia has the Blue Ridge Parkway and Southern Virginia University. I graduated from Southern Virginia with my degree in music, but my passions also lie in gardening, animals, reading, and being outside. I’m proud to be giving back to the university that gave me so much, and I look forward to telling you why!

Email: erica.tompkins@svu.edu

Aly Abel

Aly Abel

Art + Design Recruiter

Growing up in southern Mississippi gave me a taste for the finer things in life, such as crawfish boils and fried catfish. Along with southern food, I am passionate about British TV—having served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in London, England—and finding the perfect typeface. I loved my time here at Southern Virginia University, where I earned my degree in design. The mentorship I received from passionate professors was unparalleled. I’m excited to help you learn more about the Art + Design program and answer your questions!

Email: alyson.abel@svu.edu