Student Leadership Staff

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!

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.

Chelsea DeLeon

Name:  Chelsea DeLeon

Title:  Coordinator of Student Leadership and Activities

Hometown:  Houston, TX

Degree:  BS in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science (Belhaven University)

Hobbies/Interests:  Playing soccer and sand volleyball, watching SEC football, traveling overseas, and drinking quality coffee.

What do you do at Belhaven?  I lead the Belhaven Activities Team in coordinating activities that take place on campus as well as oversee student organizations as a whole.

How does what you do help students grow and develop?  Belhaven Activities Team provides activities for all students to connect and fellowship in fun and new ways. Students get the opportunity to coordinate events and serve the student body in various ways.

Drew Gardner

Name:  Drew Gardner

Title:  Coordinator of Student Leadership and Recreation

Hometown:  Daphne, AL

Degree:  BA in Electronic Communications (Belhaven University)

Hobbies/Interests:  Surfing, the beach, reading, writing, watching sports, Ultimate Frisbee, and spending time with my wife and dog.

What do you do at Belhaven?  I lead the Campus Recreation Team (CRT) in coordinating all recreational and intramural events available to students as well encouraging their involvement in various student organizations and activities.

How does what you do help students grow and develop?  Campus Recreation provides students with the opportunity to be physically active through participation in healthy competition. Students grow by leading and serving their peers in a Christ-like manner.