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Jo Beth Petty

Name: Jo Beth Murphree

Title: Director of Student Leadership

Hometown: Union City, TN

Degree: BS in Health and Human Performance (University of Tennessee at Martin); Master of Science in Higher Education Administration (Mississippi College)

Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, watching SEC sports, flag football, softball, competing, the beach, spending time with family and friends.

What do you do at Belhaven? I lead and challenge students to get involved and serve through student organizations, activities, intramurals, recreation, student government and various other leadership opportunities.

How does what you do help students grow and develop? Through the area of Student Leadership, students have the opportunity to serve and lead in a variety of roles. Serving others is Christ's model for us and by emulating His leadership students will grow and develop outside the classroom!

Shelley Pensworth

Name: Shelley Pensworth

Title: Coordinator of Student Leadership and Activities

Hometown: Decatur, AL

Degree: BBA in Marketing (Mississippi State University)

Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, attending sports events, cooking, eating, running, spending time with friends and family

What do you do at Belhaven? I encourage and promote student involvement in campus activities that further community, fellowship, service, and fun with the Belhaven family.

How does what you do help students grow and develop? By encouraging students to serve their peers and the Belhaven campus through leadership and campus activities, we get to see a beautiful picture of Christ's servanthood. Becoming involved on campus can cultivate strong relationships and fellowship that will encourage students to be great examples of Christ and service in their future workplace.

Jennifer Griffin

Name: Jennifer Roach Reese

Title: Administrative Assistant to the Director of Student Leadership

Hometown: Jackson, MS

Degree: BS in Business Administration (Jackson State University)

Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, exercising, eating healthy, shopping, and gardening

What do you do at Belhaven? The Administrative Assistant to the Director of Student Leadership is responsible for all daily aspects of the office administration, support and planning. This position provided leadership in several areas such as BLC coordination, Chapel program, orientation programming and other student programming.

How does what you do help students grow and develop? As a team-member of Belhaven University, I help students to (1) Understand the school's purpose and program (2) To encourage regular attendance and involvement in a local, Bible-believing church (3) Develop both good and proper attitudes toward peers and the family (4) Grow spiritually and help them develop Christ-centered homes.