Meet the AVP and Directors

Rabekah Stewart, Ph.D. Executive Director, TRIO Student Support ServicesRabekah D. Stewart, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice President - Division of Student Affairs, Multicultural Services
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Dr. Rabekah Stewart serves as the Assistant Vice President of Multicultural Services in the Division of Student Affairs. Dr. Stewart's research is in the intercultural and career experiences of African-American women in leadership at predominantly white institutions; as well as minority student identity development on the college campus. Throughout Dr. Stewart’s career, she has served as a high school and college English instructor; and for the last 11 years as a TRIO professional. Her focus is on helping the underserved student and staff populations in higher education. As a leader in education access and attainment, she strives to create opportunities and support change initiatives for the betterment of all students.

In her spare time, Dr. Stewart loves to travel, attend cultural activities and events, listen to live jazz and R&B music, cook and bake new healthy recipes, and spend time with family and friends. Her quote to live by is, “If you always do what you’ve always done, then you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.” Keep moving forward!

   Director, Multicultural Programs

Currently vacant.

Andrew Oliver, Director of the Disability Resource Center Andy Oliver

Director, Disability Resource Center
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Andrew Oliver serves as the Director of the Disability Resource Center, with over 20 years of experience in the field of disability services both at the University and K-12 level. Andy spent the first nine years of his career teaching high school Special Education in Washington State, then spent three years at Arizona State University as a Disability Access Consultant, and most recently served for seven years as the Director of the ACCESS Center, disability services office, at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Andy holds a Master of Education in Special Education from Seattle University. It was during Andy’s undergraduate work that he learned about his own disability, ADHD, leading him on a path to working with other struggling learners and helping them find success as a student navigating the university with the challenges that a disability adds to their academics.

Outside of work, Andy enjoys spending time with his wife, kids, and dog. He enjoys traveling, and with his children has had the opportunity to travel to Kibwezi, Kenya twice to work at Generation Next Academy ( which provides a fully sponsored education for more than 250 students whose families are unable to afford the cost of sending them to the local government schools. Andy enjoys cooking, baking, and barbequing and then eating the results. Getting out into nature to work off the calories from his cooking takes many forms like hiking, biking, fishing, and hunting.

Ryan R.G. Reed, Ed.D PortraitRyan R.G. Reed, Ed.D.

Director, Access & Success Programs
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Dr. Ryan Reed serves as the Director for Access & Success Programs at Missouri State University. Dr. Reed's work focuses on providing support services and advising students who are participants in several Missouri State community partnerships, including the Kauffman Scholars, Wyman Scholars, College Bound, Boys and Girls Clubs, KIPP schools, Student African American Brotherhood and Big Brothers & Big Sisters students. Dr. Reed supervises the Bears L.E.A.D.  program and staff. Dr. Reed holds a Doctorate of Education in Instructional Leadership from Lindenwood University and a Master of Science in College Student Affairs from Eastern Illinois University. His research interests focus on first-generation, low-income, and urban students; education equality in access and affordability; student leadership development; and student conduct. Dr. Reed is housed in the Meyer Library room 109.

Nicholas Horne

Assistant Director, TRIO Upward Bound
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Nicholas Horne is the Director of the TRIO Upward Bound at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. Throughout his five-plus years as a TRIO professional, Nicholas has consecutively achieved 100% retention rates with his students and has exceeded his program objectives of post-secondary enrollment by over 25 percentage points. Nicholas also has a passion for student access. Knowing that it takes a village to raise a child, Nicholas recognizes the importance of being an advocate of the students he serves. Nicholas continues to be a strong voice in the state of Missouri by advocating for TRiO programs and requesting funding support from Congress.

Since graduating from Avila University in Kansas City in 2018 with a BFA in Directing and Producing, Nicholas has continued being a lifelong learner through extended studies. In December of 2021, Nicholas will be receiving additional degrees in Public Administration and Education. He then plans to pursue an M.Ed. in Education Policy and Leadership starting in the Fall of 2022.

In his free time, you can find Nicholas watching a theater show, taking a camping trip, or trying a new eatery in town.