Student Success

The Student Success team is committed to helping you successfully navigate your college life at Southern Virginia University–inside and outside of the classroom. We provide personalized support to help you get the most out of your student experience, graduate on time, and answer any questions you may have along the way. From time management to personal planning, we are here to help you set and reach your personal, academic, and professional goals.


Meet Your Student Success Coordinator


Aaron Carlson

Aaron Carlson

Born and raised in Colorado, I developed a love for athletics, adventure, and the outdoors. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Russian and subsequently received a master’s degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. My post-graduate work has placed me in numerous educational institutions in a wide array of roles, cultures, and age groups, and has given me invaluable exposure to what does and does not work in education. I have not yet found a university that can lift students to their potential more effectively than Southern Virginia University. I look forward to helping lift you to yours.

Email: aaron.carlson@svu.edu
Phone: 540-261-8425
Location: Main Hall 233
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Michael Frye

Michael Frye

I am originally from Reston, Virginia. Growing up right outside of Washington D.C. has provided me with knowledge and awareness of cultural differences and shaped me into who I am. I was blessed with the opportunity to play collegiate football at Southern Virginia University and I found my passion in Family and Human Development. Watching the university grow over the years has been amazing and I knew right away I wanted to be a part of that growth.

Email: michael.frye@svu.edu
Phone: 540-261-8523
Location: Main Hall 231
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Cassandra Howard

Cassandra Howard

I’ve moved up and down the East Coast, with a few adventures in Thailand, but Southern Virginia University is where I now call home. (It helps that I first met my husband on the front porch of Main!) I graduated from here in 2019, majoring in English with an International Affairs Concentration. I love the creativity, vibrancy, and challenging new ideas that I’ve discovered here, and I’m excited to help lift you to discover what this time has to offer you both now and in the future!

Email: cassandra.l.johnson@svu.edu
Phone: 540-261-8429
Location: Main Hall 229
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Akiva Wedge

Akiva Wedge

I am from Forestville, Maryland. Born In Washington, DC. I am a Southern Virginia University Alum. I am a sports guy and was fortunate enough to be able play football for Southern Virginia University. Attending Southern Virginia University helped me become aware of different cultures that exist in the world. I have found a passion in helping others find their hidden true potential. This is a place of not only learning but building relationships for years to come. I’m excited to help you achieve every goal you set and help you grow.

Email: akiva.a.wedge@svu.edu
Phone: 540-261-8421
Location: Main Hall 229
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Tori Wescott

Tori Wescott

Growing up in Florida gave me a lot of exciting hobbies, like surfing, boating, spear fishing, and playing on the beach. After serving my mission at Temple Square, I studied Exercise and Wellness at Brigham Young University for two years. Then, my husband and I transferred here to SVU and I found my true strengths in studying Business. I was also blessed to play collegiate soccer here at SVU where I gained a family-like support system. That is what I love most about SVU – the professors, faculty, and coaches are really here to support and lift up the students. I’m so happy to be a part of that support system, too, to lift you up for your future!

Email: Tori.r.wescott@svu.edu
Phone: 540-261-8422
Location: Main Hall 229
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Lia Wheatley

Lia Wheatley

I was raised in California, but the East Coast has my heart! I love sitting outside with a good book, running trails in the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains, and exploring Virginia’s rich history with my husband. I earned a bachelor’s degree in humanities and philosophy and am now working on my master’s in liberal studies with a concentration in English. I have a deeply-rooted passion for education and am amazed by how transformative my experience at Southern Virginia University has been. I am so excited to work with you and help you unlock those same opportunities!

Email: lia.wheatley@svu.edu
Phone: 540-261-8427
Location: Main Hall 225
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