Jessica Stroup joined NCSSM in January 2023 as Director of Advising and Academic Programs and is based on our Morganton campus. She is a graduate of Campbell University (’11) and East Carolina University (’13). Jessica’s academic career focused on public history and artifact conservation. During her graduate work she conserved artifacts from Blackbeard’s pirate ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, and CSS Neuse. She also has academic interest in paleontology and has assisted in the conservation of a Spinosaurus mandible and Smilodon skull. Jessica began her career in education in 2014 at Alleghany High School as the Assistant College Liaison. In 2015 she began her advising career at Western Piedmont Community College and transitioned to Mitchell Community College in 2018 where she was the Coordinator of Transfer Advising. Jessica is passionate about creating an environment of trust and accountability with students. Her career mission is to educate students to become active participants in their educational path and to be equipped to take full advantage of the many wonderful opportunities NCSSM has to offer. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, traveling, and cooking.