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Meet Your Admissions Representatives


Tim Woodard – Director of Admissions

Tim is the Director of the Admissions Team at UMO. He graduated from UMO in 1987 where he played golf and received a B.S. in Business Management. Tim has spent all but 3 years of his professional career at UMO.  He resides in Princeton, NC with his wife Joy and their three kids; Brittany, Maggie, and Ryne.  He loves playing golf and participating in fantasy football.  He wakes up every morning thinking what a great day to be a UMO TROJAN!!


Chris Bitzenhofer – Assistant Director of Admissions

Chris is the Assistant Director of the Admissions Department at UMO, as well as the Transfer Representative. He graduated with B.S. in Sports Management from UMO where he played Golf and JV Basketball. Outside of the office you can find him doting on his baby daughter, Vada, with his wife Brooke, also a UMO employee. For Chris, the best thing about UMO is the friendly people and he encourages all new students to get involved in extracurricular activities.


Nicole Balsamello – Manager of Admissions Operations

Nicole is the Manager of Admissions Operations. Originally from New York, she graduated from Lynchburg College, VA in 2013 with a B.A. in Music. While working as a student worker in the Admissions Office, she developed her love for the field. She’s the wife of alumnus and track and field coach, Justin Potter, and loves the Carolina Panthers! She really enjoys working with students, as well as operating behind the scenes to help the admissions process go smoothly.


Elizabeth Boyette – Admissions Representative

Elizabeth is the Admissions Representative for central NC, as well being the main coordinator for campus events. She graduated from Liberty University in 2012 with a B.S. in Religion and Christian Counseling. She enjoys working with students and their families as they journey into another season of their life. It is a joy to help them take action towards growing and learning, while making their dreams come true.


Steven Cruse – Admissions Representative

Steven is the Admissions Representative for international students as well as western North Carolina. Originally from Troon, Scotland, he graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in English Communication from UMO, where he was a member of the Trojan men’s volleyball team. Steven  loves getting out on the road, seeing new places, meeting new students, and helping people take advantage of the great opportunities that UMO offers.


Megan Midyette – Admissions Representative

Megan is the out-of-state representative for UMO, as well as working with a few counties in the south eastern NC. She graduated from UMO in 2014 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. She loves to sing and was a member of several choirs during her time at UMO.  She finds it be a pleasure to work for a college that gives you the opportunity to grow as an individual and prepare you for your journey ahead.


Jessie Murphy – Administrative Assistant

Jessie is the Administrative Assistant in the admissions office. Originally from Titusville, FL, she graduated from UMO in May 2011 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Criminology. She worked with the NC Department of Social Services before being called back to her alma mater. She currently lives in Mount Olive with her family and two dogs. Just don’t get her started on the Carolina Panthers!


Brett Roberson – Admissions Representative

Brett is the Admissions Representative for eastern North Carolina. He is a 2012 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he received a B.S. in Aeronautics.  He has been with the University of Mount Olive since July of 2013 and is responsible for serving the students of eastern North Carolina.  Despite having a constant barrage of short jokes thrown at him by the Admissions team, he continues to be one of the most positive individuals in the office.  He is a proud husband to his wife, Jamison, and new father to son, Asher.