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Meet The SSC Staff

Stephanie Battle, M.S.
Associate Dean of Students for Student Success and
Director of the Student Success Center
E: P: 252-985-5274, Office F
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Stephanie Battle, a native of Wake Forest, NC, attended North Carolina A&T State University, in Greensboro, NC, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education (teaching). While attending undergraduate she was a member of the Lady Aggies Basketball team. Upon completion of her Bachelor’s Degree, Stephanie remained at NC A&T SU and received her Master’s of Arts Degree in Adapted Health and Physical Education. After graduation, she accepted a position at NC A&T SU as the Coordinator of the Student Athlete Academic Enhancement Program. She served in this position for three years before moving to North Carolina Wesleyan College, where she serves as the Associate Dean of Students for Student Success and Director of the Student Success Center.
As the Director of the Student Success Center, providing a myriad of effective programs and services, is a priority to ensure success for all students.  Understanding that each student is unique, and that success may be defined differently for each student, staying abreast of best practices and taking advantage of professional development is important. 
Stephanie enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Erma Hedgepeth, B.S.
Academic Advisor
E: ehedgepeth P: 252-985-5131, Office D

Erma W. Hedgepeth is a native of Zebulon, NC, but has resided in Nashville, NC for the past 31 years. She began her career at NC Wesleyan College in 1993 as the Administrative Assistant in the Student Support Center. Always wanting to continue her education, she saw this as a dream opportunity to pursue the degree that she had always desired. So, while juggling a full-time job and a young family, she enrolled in her first college course that set her on a very insightful path.  Though the journey was seventeen years long and filled with many challenges, she graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan College in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  In 2012 she was promoted to Academic Advisor in the SSC, where she works primarily with first-year students that are transitioning from high school to college. In 2013 she received the Distinguished Staff Award for her service and dedication to the College.

During her tenure, Erma has served as an advisor to several campus organizations, including the Sisters of Distinction and the Voices of Triumph Gospel Choir. She has also served as a representative for the NCWC Staff Council.

She aspires to do all that she can to see all students excel. Erma states, “I’ve seen many changes during my years at Wesleyan, but the one thing that remains constant is seeing the students transform from  timid freshmen trying to find their way in the world, to confident seniors prepared to go out and conquer the world!” 

Away from the College, Erma enjoys spending quality time with her husband, two children and close friends.  She also loves working with the women’s ministry at her church and singing in the choir.  



Catherine A. Smith, M.S.
Academic Advisor
E: P: 252-985-5265, Office B
Catherine joined the Student Success staff in August of 2013. Catherine received her Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina State University, and her Master’s Degree from East Carolina University in Counselor Education, focusing in clinical mental health counseling, as well as student affairs and college counseling. As an academic advisor and academic coach, Catherine’s passion aims toward meeting students where they are through tailoring an individualized approach to each for personal, academic, and professional aspirations.


Scott Marsigli, M.A.
Director of Freshman Advantage
E: P: 252-985-5259, Office E

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Scott spent most of his life in the Rocky Mount area. After graduating from Rocky Mount Academy, he attended North Carolina State University and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a concentration in Journalism. This was followed shortly thereafter by a Master of Arts Degree in English from East Carolina University, this time with a specialization in Creative Writing. In 2000, Scott accepted a position at North Carolina Wesleyan College as an Adjunct English Instructor and Professional Tutor in the College’s Writing Lab. Working closely with freshmen in their English Composition classes provided him with a strong belief in student advocacy and a sincere desire to help students achieve academic success. In 2003, Scott accepted the position of Pre-Major Advisor and coordinated the WesBridge conditional-acceptance program. This eventually led to his current appointment as Freshman Advantage Coordinator, another selective program for incoming freshmen.  

"There are two things I really love about Wesleyan,” he explains. “First, I love the fact that it is a small school with a more personal feel. Second, I love the people, from the staff and faculty members to the students. Wesleyan is unique in that it allows for a greater sense of community than students at larger colleges might experience.”

Off campus, Scott enjoys spending time with friends, watching movies and working on seemingly endless creative projects, most of which involve either screenwriting, graphic design or desktop publishing. His favorite films include Pulp Fiction, Ocean’s Eleven, The Usual Suspects and almost anything from Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, M. Night Shyamalan or Quentin Tarantino. Scott is also a student of pop culture and loves to immerse himself in television (“Lost”), music (reggae & ska) and other entertainment mediums.

Taylor M. Jackson, M.S.
Academic Advisor
E: P: 252-985-5270, Office C 

     Taylor Jackson has always called Rocky Mount, NC home.  She graduated from NC Wesleyan College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  Taylor participated in Refuge Campus Ministries and graduated from the Taylor-Crocker Honors Program.  Her time at Wesleyan was rich and fulfilling.  She immediately went to graduate school at Southern New Hampshire University to earn her Master’s degree in Psychology.  Following her degree, she began working in the Student Success Center in 2015, and her favorite part of advising is forming relationships with students and helping them on their journey to graduation.  Knowing the value of a Wesleyan education, Taylor’s goal is to support the students so that they can use their education to transform their lives and the lives of others.  

     Taylor enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering at her church, and crocheting gifts for friends.  She likes going to the beach and traveling to different historical landmarks whenever she gets the chance!  One of her favorite places to visit is Washington D.C.  However, she knows there is no place like home!