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

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: 540-261-8502

Jerica Johnson

Jerica Johnson

I am a California girl that has always loved the beauty of the East Coast. I love to travel and have been to 18 different countries. I come from a family of all girls and always find myself on crazy adventures with my sisters. Living in Virginia has helped foster my love of exploring and trying new things. I love animals, especially my dachshund, Arthur. I graduated from Southern Virginia University in 2017 where I majored in history with a minor in politics. I love this school, I love its personalized approach, and I love how it has helped me grow. I cannot wait to share that love with you!

Email: jerica.johnson@svu.edu
Phone: 540-261-8417

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