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Stella Bridgeman

Director, First-Year Programs


As the Director of First-Year Programs, Stella Bridgeman supports, encourages and leads a team of amazing student success champions. As a team, it is their role is to create and enhance first-year programs that align with best practices, while engaging UT scholars during their academic experience.

Bridgeman earned her B.S. in multidisciplinary studies K-8, and her Ed.S. degrees in educational psychology & counselor educations from Tennessee Technological University (TTU). She started her professional career in Academic Advising. Her experience in higher education extends over 18 years as she has progressed from academic advisor to director managing programs that provide academic support to scholars.

"Every new day is another chance to change your life."

Gallup Strengths: Relator, Belief, Responsibility, Restorative, Developer

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