Mary Ellis Rice

Director of New Student Academics Office of Student Success

I’m Mary Ellis Rice, and I am the Director of New Student Academics at Emory & Henry. I can help advise first-year students and direct students to campus resources.

While I didn’t attend Emory & Henry as a student, I did graduate from another small college, Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. Small liberal arts colleges are unique, transformative places, and I’m so proud to work to support the heart of these sacred places – the students themselves. 

Here at E&H, I oversee our first-year advising program, our first-year seminar course, and our first-year writing courses. Come hang out and maybe even have a cup of tea with me in the Student Success Center any time! 


  • The University of South Carolina
    Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies (in progress)
  • Columbia University
    Graduate Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • The University of Tennessee
    Master of Arts in Rhetoric, Writing, and Linguistics
  • Presbyterian College
    Bachelor of Arts in English


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