Nicole Noffsinger-Frazier, Ph.D. | Associate Provost for Student Life & Dean of Students

Dr. Nicole Noffsinger-Frazier earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Sewanee, her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Memphis, and completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. She is a licensed psychologist with advanced training in the treatment of patients with eating disorders, trauma-related disorders, and personality disorders. Since returning to Sewanee in 2010, she has served as Associate Dean of Health and Wellness overseeing the University Wellness Center and the Wellness Commons and has been a member of the psychology department, teaching a wide variety of courses including abnormal psychology, foundations of coaching and counseling psychology, and foundations of flourishing and well-being. Dr. Noffsinger-Frazier is the Primary Investigator for two federal grants: SAMHSA, Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant, and the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Grant. Her administrative, research, and clinical interests are rooted in prevention science and focused on the cultivation of student flourishing and well-being. She is passionate about helping all Sewanee students live into their authentic selves by identifying their unique sense of meaning and purpose while developing and practicing sustainable habits and strategies to foster lifelong happiness and health.


Erica O'Neal Howard, Ph.D. | Associate Dean of Students

Dr. Erica O’Neal Howard is the Associate Dean of Students at the University of the South. She has over 25 years of experience serving students in higher education. Erica has worked in a variety of leadership roles, including as an Assistant Vice President at Caltech and as the Senior Associate Dean of Students at Occidental College.  Interested in the holistic development of students in a pluralistic world, Dean Howard has made various professional contributions to develop future leaders.  These include founding the Stanford Summer Engineering Academy for women and underrepresented minority students; re-engineering the undergraduate admissions process at Caltech to increase the number of women and minorities; creating an interdisciplinary care team at Occidental to better support all students; supporting the development of a formal veterans program at Occidental; and partnering with local psychologists to test and offer some low-cost services to Occidental College students with disabilities.  She also established Oxy’s first threat assessment team.  Erica holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania in Higher Education and a BA from Harvard University in Romance Languages and Literatures.  When not working, Erica can be found trail running, hiking, and trying to keep up with her daughter.

Rachel L. Champagne | Director of Community Standards

Rachel Champagne is the Director of Community Standards at the University of the South, where she began in this position in November 2018. She is responsible for investigating and adjudicating the Code of Conduct within the EQB Guide for Living in Community, advising the Student Conduct Board, and chairs the team that supports students in crisis or of concern. She coordinates alcohol and drug education within the Dean of Students office and facilitates workshops on ethical decision-making, alcohol skills training, and CliftonStrengths for Students. Rachel is a native of Aberdeen, Maryland (but calls New Orleans, Louisiana home) who has spent the last 18 years working at colleges and universities. Rachel earned both her bachelor of arts and master of science degrees from McDaniel College and has completed her doctoral education in Educational Leadership and Higher Education Administration at the University of New Orleans. She believes in supporting college students, even if that means holding students accountable when they make mistakes. When she is not on campus, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter exploring the outdoors and attending festivals in New Orleans.

Matthew Brown | Director of Student Accessibility Services

Matt Brown is the Director of Student Accessibility Services at the University of the South, where he began this position in 2019 as the school’s second director of student accessibility services. His role is to promote accessibility across the University of the South by setting up accommodations for students with disabilities, educating the campus community, and working with lead administrators to ensure accessibility is being considered at every opportunity. Matt also serves as the Chair of the CARE Team and the Lead Process Facilitator for students working through Title IX investigations. Matt was raised in Oklahoma but has been a resident of East Tennessee since 2008. He has been working with campus disabilities offices for over 10 years, starting as a student working at his undergraduate university. Matt earned both his Bachelors and Masters at East Tennessee State University where he earned a B.A. in Human Development and Learning and an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health and Family and Couples Counseling. His passion is working with individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, individuals on the autism spectrum, and researching the latest assistive technology. When Matt is not in the office he is enjoying time with his partner, two dogs, and two cats and his hobby of technology and games.  

Brittany Vaughan | Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students

Brittany Vaughan is the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students at the University of the South where she began this position in February 2019. Brittany is often the first point of contact for the Dean of Students' Office. She provides administrative support and leadership, works with students as a part of the CARE Team, and serves in a support role on several working groups. Prior to working in the Dean of Students' Office, she served as Executive Office Administrative Assistant, Coordinator for Trustee Relations, and Executive Office Coordinator at the University. Brittany received her B.P.S. from Austin Peay State University and has plans to pursue a graduate degree in the near future. She also serves as a member of the University's Employee Advisory Committee and the committee for first generation college students.