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The mission of the Office of Transfer Student Success is to improve transfer student experiences and outcomes by providing leadership for and supporting coordination of transfer activities and functions across campus. 


Jason L. Taylor, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean, Transfer Student Success

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Dr. Jason Taylor is an Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, and the Assistant Dean in the Office of Transfer Student Success in Undergraduate Studies. His research examines how higher education policies shape educational opportunities for marginalized and underrepresented students, including transfer students. Dr. Taylor is committed to using evidence-based policies and practices to improve transfer student success at the University of Utah. Dr. Taylor holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership.

Devon Darland

Herriman Director

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Devon Darland joins the Undergraduate Studies team as the new Herriman Director from her previous position as the Associate Director of Career Services at SLCC.  She has worked in higher education for the past 15 years at 5 different institutions across the west coast, including previously working at the University of Utah in Housing and in the Career & Professional Development Center.  Prior to that, she worked in a variety of offices including Gender & Sexuality Resource Centers, Sexual Violence Advocacy Services, and Orientation.  Devon earned her Master's in Higher Education & Student Affairs Leadership at the University of Northern Colorado.  She is excited to bring her energy and skills to the Herriman Campus to support the success of both SLCC and UofU students.  

Paul Fisk, Ph.D.

Program Manager, Transfer Student Services

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Paul completed his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida in Liberal/Interdisciplinary Studies. He also completed his Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Utah’s Department of Education, Culture and Society. In the CESB office, he was the Transfer Program Coordinator and advised the Asian American Student Association (AASA). He also worked with transfer and mentoring programs in the Office of Orientation and Transition. Paul is passionate about helping transfer students make a smooth and successful transition to the University of Utah.

Jill Bavetta

Transfer Student Success & SLCC Partnership Coordinator

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Jill started her education at Sacramento City College before transferring to California State University Sacramento, earning a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology. Following her graduation, she gained valuable experience in program development while working in the senor living industry.

Leveraging her experience as a transfer student, Jill is delighted to employ her expertise in program development to ensure the success of transfer students. Her primary objective working for the Office of Transfer Student Success is to uplift and provide support to transfer students as they navigate their educational journey at the University of Utah. Furthermore, she will collaborate with SLCC to fortify the connection between the two institutions and assist students from both SLCC and the University of Utah.

Emily Hernandez Alzamora

Transfer Student Success Student Staff

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Emily is a first-generation college student from Murray, Utah. Before transferring to the U, she attended Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). Motivated by her passion for higher education and inspired by her fellow SLCC students, she sought out leadership opportunities and was heavily involved in student government. She served as a Student Ambassador from 2019 to 2020 and was elected Student Association President for the 2020-21 academic year. She graduated with an Associate of Science in Business degree in August 2021 and was recognized as an SLCC Civically Engaged Scholar, along with other honors. She is currently a senior at the University of Utah pursuing a bachelor's degree in management and a minor in information systems. She is the President of the Crimson Transfer Honor Society and is an Opportunity Scholar through the David Eccles School of Business. Recently she has been recognized as one of four 2024 National Transfer Student Ambassadors by the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students. During her off time, she enjoys reading, working out, and trying out new foods.

Josie Hahn

Transfer Student Success Student Staff

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Josie is an Honor's psychology major from New York. Before transferring, she attended Kenyon College in Ohio. At the U, she plays on the women's ultimate frisbee team and is a member of the Crimson Transfer Honor Society. She also tutors middle and high schoolers in math, reading, and writing. Josie enjoys hiking, running, and going to the U's sports games. She is excited to be working with the Transfer Student Success team!

Last Updated: 6/27/24