Director of Student Services and Retention (incoming), Academic Advisor

Travis Perry (he/him/his) serves as the Director of Student Services and Retention, Academic Advisor in the College of Education and Social Services (CESS) at UVM. In this role, he co-oversees with the Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs the development, implementation, staffing, and assessment of the Office of Student Services’ unit and priorities, partnerships and collaborations, various program models, and particularly the CESS FTFY (First-Time, First-Year) Student Holistic Advising Model.

Travis provides leadership and guidance for the daily operation and services of the Office of Student Services, and for signature well-being projects, enrollment management, data analysis, major event planning (e.g., Commencement, ASVs), integrated strategic delivery systems, student academic progression planning and interventions, student enrichment and success resources, and workshops. With the Assistant Dean, he co-leads the CESS incident and emergency response services, as well as tiered care and case management. Travis connects with students who are considering a leave from the University and helps them imagine and concretize what a successful re-entry would look like. Additionally, he serves on the UVM Student Services Collaborative (SSC), the UVM Strategic Enrollment Partners work group, various advising work groups, and serves as the CESS primary liaison with Student Accessibility Services.

Prior to joining CESS, Travis served in the Center for Student Success office in the Grossman School of Business as a Student Success Advisor and Academic Advisor.  While there, he was awarded the Dean’s Staff Award in 2020, and prides himself on having cultivated numerous relationships and partnerships across the school and the university.

Travis’ professional arc has centered on pillars of mental health and well-being, educational access and academic success. Travis is committed to innovative program development, and student-centered advising, retention and recruitment practices. Prior to UVM, Travis served as an Academic Advisor in the online division of Champlain College, and prior to that, he spent many years with VSAC (Vermont Student Assistance Corporation) in multiple roles assisting students explore their path to pre and post college. These positions assisted Travis in developing a holistic view of the college process and solidify his desire to help students and families navigate the higher education landscape with equity and knowledge.

Currently, Travis is completing his M.S. in Counseling at the University of Vermont, pursuing the Clinical Mental Health track with an anticipated graduation in Spring/Summer 2023. He was drawn to the program because of its focus on social justice and the surging mental health crisis in colleges and universities.

Originally from Brownington, Vermont, Travis currently resides in Georgia, Vermont.  He enjoys playing with his two kids (Declan and Maple), talking and laughing with his partner (Amanda), and he is an avid collector of Hobby Board Games.

Travis Perry