Staff Directory


Lua Hancock, Ed.D.

Assistant Provost for Student Success

Lua Hancock, Ed.D., is the assistant provost for student success. Hancock came to Stetson University in fall 2010 to lead the newly-formed Student Success initiative. Since that time, Student Success has evolved to include a number of areas that collaborate closely to support students in their journeys of success and significance. Areas directly under Dr. Hancock's oversight include:

As part of Student Success, Hancock also works closely with the staffs of WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning and the Cross Cultural Center.

Hancock has nearly 15 years of experience in various aspects of higher education. She has a master of science degree in conflict analysis and resolution and a doctorate of education in higher education administration from Nova Southeastern University.


Colin MacFarlane

Student Success Specialist

Colin MacFarlane comes to Student Success from a background in Housing and Residential Life at both Stetson University and Lake Forest College. He is currently finishing his master's degree in measurement, evaluation, statistics and assessment through the University of Illinois at Chicago and has been involved in assessment and data analysis professionally for the past five years.

He enjoys cooking, home improvement projects and board games.


Cherrell Smith

Administrative Assistant

Cherrell Smith joined Student Success from Florida State College at Jacksonville where she served in various administrative services roles for nine years. In addition to her experience in higher education administrative services and her passion for student success, she also holds a master of arts degree in education, concentrating in higher education.

In her free time, she enjoys shopping and spending time with family and friends.