Jessica Ellison honored to be a voice of encouragement for students | Worker Bears

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Jessica Ellison

It takes a lot of people to make Mercer University the institution that it is. The students have and always will be the lifeblood of our University, but Mercer wouldn’t be Mercer without expert faculty members to pass on their knowledge and highly-skilled staff members to manage day-to-day operations. Our “Worker Bears” series highlights the Mercer employees who work tirelessly, often behind the scenes, to care for our University and our students.

Meet Jessica Ellison

Title: University Bursar

How long she’s worked at Mercer: 13 years.

What she does: “My primary responsibility is to ensure all phases of service and operations within the Bursar and Student Loan Office run smoothly. One of the primary focuses of this role involves management of university receivables and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure fiscal integrity and compliance with our governing boards. My personal mission within this role is to make the financial student journey at Mercer simple and intuitive and to discover how we can create a better experience.”

What she loves most about her work: “Mercer is a state of mind, a place where students and employees truly believe we are here to change the world. Mercer’s commitment to innovation provides an outlet where I am able to utilize my entire skillset to create collaborative solutions that make an impact in the lives of students.

“Throughout my tenure at Mercer, my roles have allowed me the ability to assist students while they navigate through their journey at Mercer. I have often assisted students in finding alternative solutions when faced with financial hardships and have had the honor of being a sounding board and voice of encouragement when they find themselves faced with adversity. To see those same students rise, graduate and work to change the world has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. I am beyond grateful to work and share this community with individuals who not only seek to be the Bear but actually become the Bear.”

 

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Andrea Honaker
Andrea is a digital content specialist at Mercer. She creates and maintains written and multimedia content for primary University web pages. She ensures a consistent, University “voice” throughout various forms of online communications platforms. She also plans and executes campaigns for the primary official Mercer University social media accounts.