New Faculty and Staff

statue of jesse mercer sitting on a bench


Brittany Bell, administrative clerk, Auxiliary Services
Shelli Dent, grant project specialist, Mercer Medicine
Chani Forde, admissions counselor, Admissions, Regional Academic Center
Jennifer Wheeler Pharris, fitness instructor, Wellness
Tina Varghese, clinical skills coordinator, Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy


Pamela Billingslea, administrative secretary, Teacher Education, College of Education
Elizabeth Fernandez, library assistant III/circulation manager, Medical Library, School of Medicine
Steve Nasworthy, stagehand, Grand Opera House
Joseph Pizzo, assistant football coach, Athletics
Alicia Ross, stagehand, Grand Opera House
Darius Safford, assistant football coach, Athletics


Roland Summers, professor, Community Medicine, School of Medicine

Kyle is senior director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he serves as editor of the Mercerian alumni magazine and News@Mercer e-newsletters, and he coordinates hometown and university news releases.