Lisa Byrd, associate director for engineering advising, is set to be honored as the recipient of the prestigious NACADA Outstanding Advising Administrator award. The award will be presented during the upcoming national conference in October.
Byrd will receive a plaque as a symbol of her dedication and service to academic advising. As an award recipient, she will also receive a free pass to attend the NACADA Annual Conference and a free one-year membership to NACADA, which connects her to other advisors and helpful resources to improve her skills.
“I am so very honored to receive this award,” Byrd said. “The support of the advising community on campus, but especially here in the Tickle College of Engineering, means so much to me. Knowing that I have been nominated by advisors I supervise, endorsed by campus advising leadership, and selected by a committee at the national level is both humbling and gratifying. I am grateful for the leadership of our advising director, Margie Russell, and the support of the TCE advising team. Most of all, I love the work we do to support students and help them achieve their goals.”
Originally from Bossier City, Louisiana, Byrd completed high school at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches, and later earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Rhodes College in Memphis. She received her master’s degree, also in English, from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
Since 2008, Byrd has been deeply involved in the field of education, starting as a graduate assistant and eventually climbing the ranks to her current position within the college. Her passion for helping students and her vast experience make her an invaluable asset to the TCE community.
Written by Adam Tseghun.