Dr. McNeil received her degrees from Oklahoma State University with a bachelors in music education, master of science in curriculum and instruction and a doctor of education in student personnel administration. Dr. McNeil supervises Student Health Services, Counseling & Testing, Campus Recreation, Disability Services, New Student & Spartan Family Programs, and the Dean of Students.
Prior to UNCG, Dr McNeil served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah Georgia, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Loyola University New Orleans, Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Student Assistance Center at Temple University and Career Counselor at the University of Oklahoma. Some key accomplishments is the construction of the Armstrong Student Union, freshmen residence hall and establishment of living learning communities and a recreation and wellness program at Armstrong, the creation of a regional student leadership conference and construction of an apartment/suite style residence hall at Loyola University and the establishment of a Drug & Alcohol Education program at Temple University. She has presented on leadership development, strategic planning and crisis management at national meetings and has done consulting in leadership and strategic planning. Originally from Oklahoma, Dr. McNeil is an accomplished pianist.
Dr. Settle has a strong focus on the success of students in postsecondary education, particularly students who are first-generation, traditionally under-represented, or struggle in some way with college completion. Dr. Settle's Ph.D. in higher education leadership and policy studies from the University of Missouri-St. Louis concluded with a dissertation titled, "Effect of Socioeconomic Status on Year-to-Year Persistence of First-generation and Continuing-generation Students at Two-year and Four-year Institutions: Developing a Conceptual Model".
In addition to research on college student persistence, Dr. Settle has conducted national and international research regarding "helicopter parents," including numerous conference presentations, host of teleconferences, published research, and national television appearances.
Dr. Settle completed post-graduate training at Harvard University and earned certification in Institutional Research. Jim has taught at the undergraduate, Master's, and Doctoral level at a variety of institutions, including the University of Texas at Austin, Shawnee State University, Southeast Missouri State University, and others.
Dr. Settle started work at UNCG in October 2010, focusing on co-curricular programs and services. Jim works closely with Campus Activities & Programs, Career Services Center, Elliott University Center, Office of Leadership & Service Learning, and Office of Multicultural Affairs.