Recognizing the important role that student life plays in supporting the co-curricular mission of Austin Peay and the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Student Life and Engagement strives to connect academic and out-of-class experiences through programming and leadership development that establishes a diverse, interactive, and responsive learning community. The Office of Student Life and Engagement prepares students to be citizen leaders with an understanding of the global community and a commitment to service.
Victor Felts, Director
Victor Felts is the Director of Student Life and Engagement at Austin Peay State University. He came to APSU in 2010 after serving as an Assistant Dean at LSU and Emory University; primarily working with fraternities and sororities. He has also worked at MTSU and Samford University. A Nashville native, he is a proud alumni of Austin Peay State University with a B.S. degree in Education and the University of South Carolina with a M.Ed. degree in Higher Educations- Student Personnel Services. He has been involved in many professional activities and leadership roles including Executive Director of the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference (SEIFC) and Vice President of the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors (AFA). He enjoys travelling to tropical locations, college and professional football, hiking and spending time with his family and pets.
Alexandra Howard Wills, Assistant Director for Service and Civic Engagement
Alexandra Wills has been working as the Assistant Director for Student Life and Engagement with a focus on service and civic engagement for four years. She received her BA from Elon University and her M.Ed for college student personnel administration in higher education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Alexandra spent time at Guilford College working with their leadership program and programing council before coming to Austin Peay State University in 2009. Alexandra enjoys being active outdoors with her husband and Labrador retriever.
Melissa Dempsey, Coordinator for Programs and Special Events
Melissa Dempsey is the Coordinator for Programs and Special Events in the Office of Student Life and Engagement. She came to APSU in May 2010 after graduating with a Master’s of Administration of Higher Education from Auburn University. A Georgia native, Melissa graduated from LaGrange College with a B.A. degree in Psychology and served in many leadership roles as a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. While completing her Master’s at Auburn, Melissa served as a Graduate Assistant for the University Program Council. In her free time Melissa spends time with her dog Bailey, and enjoys baking.
Daisy Torres, Hispanic Cultural Center Cooridnator
Daisy Torres is the Coordinator of the Hispanic Cultural Center at Austin Peay State University. She came to APSU in 2011 from New York. She has worked at Kingsborough Community College, Binghamton University and Fordham University. She is a first generation college graduate of Cornell University, where she pursued a B.S. degree in Sociology with a concentration in Latino Studies. She completed her M.S. degree in Student Affairs Administration at Binghamton University. At Austin Peay State University, she serves as a member of the University Wide Diversity Task Force. Her personal interests include running and watching Korean dramas.
Jonell Nicholson, Administrative Assistant II
Jonell Nicholson is the Administrative Assistant for the Office of Student Life and Engagement. She is an Alumni of Austin Peay with a Bachelors of Science in History and a minor in Religious Studies. She is a member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and serves as one of the editors for Phi Alpha Theta Journal – Theta Delta. Also she is a member of the Austin Peay State University Women’s Club and Vice President of the Greek Alumni Chapter at Austin Peay State University. In her spare time she loves being a grandmother and playing with her chocolate lab Bentley.