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John McGuire retires from Center for Advising and Student Success

John McGuire, SSPA, studio portrait

John McGuire, director of the Center for Advising and Student Success (CASS) within the Advising and Academic Support Center (AASC), retired on Jan. 2, 2021. The College of Arts and Sciences, along with the Provost’s Office wishes to thank McGuire for his ongoing service and to recognize a few of his accomplishments in this important role.

Beginning during academic year 2014-2015, McGuire worked to identify and integrate the best advising practices from both the former College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs and then expanding College of Arts and Sciences. Under John’s leadership, the College of Arts and Sciences created CASS, the division’s first formal advising office.

Within CASS, McGuire introduced and developed theory-based advising models and practices. Drawing guidance from professional associations, national standards, and available literature, CASS offered our students and faculty a most current and effective level of service.

As part of his ongoing work, McGuire has significantly improved student satisfaction with advising services within the College of Arts and Sciences. McGuire also hired and developed an advising team that professionalized the service provided. Each CASS advisor is credentialed and experienced in using transformative advising models.

“Thank you John for the benefit to COAS your work has facilitated these last several years. We wish you the best of luck in your next adventure,” said Mackenzie Phillips, director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives in the College of Arts and Sciences.