Editor’s Note: This feature was originally written for and published on the UGAToday website Dec. 6, 2021.
Brittney Minor began working with students when she was a student at UGA herself.
She served as a resident assistant for three years while she earned her bachelor’s degree in consumer journalism.
“I absolutely loved being part of campus and students’ experiences, so I was excited to find a career pathway where I could continue to do that professionally,” Minor said.
She earned her master’s degree in higher education and student personnel from the University of Mississippi in 2016. While there, she worked in student affairs, specifically in student housing and residence life. She continued to serve students in residence life before getting engaged to her husband, Thomas.
They decided to move back to Athens, and Minor decided to shift gears to academic affairs. She took a position as a prospective student advisor for the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2017 and then became the Entertainment and Media Studies advisor before leading the advising for Grady College’s Double Dawg pathways.
Now, Minor serves as the college’s director of undergraduate services. In this role, which she began in August, she gets to be heavily involved in the admissions process and supports the college’s team of advisors in their work.
“If it involves our undergraduate students, then it’s exciting to have a seat at the table to have those conversations,” she said. “To take on that responsibility is something that I took seriously because I knew how important it was to our students to be admitted to one of our high-demand majors.”
While Minor’s new position incorporates much of the knowledge she’s gained working in Grady College for nearly five years, it also allows her to learn more about specific areas of the college’s curriculum, day-to-day operations, policies and procedures.
Minor’s day often involves working one-on-one with students and advisors, but she is enjoying each day being different and filled with new challenges. She’s already building her long-term goal list because “there are so many exciting things happening, and I want to make sure our students are connected to as many of those opportunities as possible.”
Minor sees herself as part of a bigger system of support for students in Grady College.
“We all work together to address student needs, get to know them, and welcome them to our college,” she said. “My team means a lot to me—we all work very hard to accomplish these goals.”
Outside of work, Minor makes time to travel and explore. She finds value in that exposure to other cultures, food and art, particularly for her young son. Minor grew up in Michigan and enjoys day trips to explore all Georgia has to offer. She also likes to bake and cook, saying she’s “on a mission to own every piece of kitchen equipment you can have.” Additionally, she’s learning watercolor.
In everything Minor does, she gives it her all.
“I’ve always been a person who wants to understand every facet of a new opportunity or challenge and take it on wholeheartedly,” she said. “At the end of the day, I rely on my favorite quote from Arthur Ashe to help tackle my big ideas: ‘Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.’”