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The Academic Advising Center

Meet Our Staff

The staff and advisors of Boston College’s Academic Advis­ing Center are committed to helping you make a successful transition to college and then to a career. Here are profiles of our staff members.

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Rory A.W. Browne
Interim Associate Dean and Director

Internationally known as an authority on the history of zoos, Rory has taught and served as an academic and residential dean at Yale and at Harvard. Rory works closely with individual advisors and with academic departments and programs to improve the academic planning information available to students and to encourage them in the timely use of that information. He looks forward to conversations with individual students and faculty, and is also happy to engage in group conversations and meetings with students and with the academic departments.

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Elizabeth Chadwick
Associate Director

Elizabeth brings 30 years of experience as teacher, administrator, and advisor to her work in the Academic Advising Center. Trained in comparative literature at Yale, she taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, then served as dean of freshmen at Pomona College. She has also held teaching and administrative appointments at Swarthmore, Bowdoin, the University of Chicago, and Boston College. Elizabeth welcomes the opportunity to talk directly with students and consult with faculty, and works to enable accurate and helpful advising relationships.

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Stella Primpas
Assistant Director, Operations

Stella works closely with Advising Center colleagues; with the academic departments and programs; manages "behind the scenes" logistics that enable the AAC to support our students: budgets; event planning; hiring, and with BC's several student support programs and offices to coordinate services to students. She also serves as an Advisor to consult students with their academic planning. When you have a quick question about whom to call or how to make something happen, Stella can often provide the information you need or help you find it.

Rebecca M. Schmitz

Rebecca M. Schmitz
Assistant Director, Academic Advising

Rebecca works closely with Advising Center colleagues to support the schools, departments, and programs in their advising efforts, consulting with them about both program development and the use of technology. She also serves as a resource to students who have questions about BC's advising services and as a liaison to students in the Lynch School of Education.

Fr. Joseph You Guo Jiang, S. J.

Fr. Joseph You Guo Jiang, S.J.
Assistant Director

Fr. Joseph You Guo Jiang, S.J. is a member of the Jesuit Chinese Province. Prior to his doctoral studies in the USA he worked in UNESCO, UNHCR, and other international organizations related to higher education, spirituality, student development, liberal arts, and international studies in Asia and Europe. He enjoys meeting with students and helping them to become whole persons. He has studied at Harvard, Oxford and Boston College, and has published several books on international and liberal arts education and translations of works on higher education, student development and spirituality. He also teaches Cultural Diversity courses in the department of Philosophy at BC. He brings international experience as teacher, administrator, and advisor, and now looks forward to meeting with students.

Cam Cronin

Cameron Cronin
Receptionist/Staff Assistant

Cam is our first point of contact for students, parents, faculty, visitors, and callers to the Academic Advising C​enter (AAC) and First Year Experience Office (FYE). He handles a myriad of possible questions and problems and provides the best possible assistance via his knowledge of degree requirements, university regulations, and familiarity with university departments and systems. Cam graduated from Boston College in 2012 and is currently pursuing his MBA in the Wallace Carroll School of Management at BC. Outside of the office, he is a professional actor and director.​

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Ingrid Calder
Administrative Assistant

Ingrid works closely with Dr. Browne, scheduling appointments and providing support when students need assistance from their academic dean in completing forms or complying with university procedures.

Meaghan McDermott

Meg McDermott
Graduate Assistant Advisor

Meg is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration in the Lynch School. Before coming to BC, she worked for a local educational non-profit and Boston Public Schools as a program coordinator and teacher. Meg is passionate about helping students discover the resources they already have and the ones they need to acquire in order to achieve their goals. Her hobbies include photography, hiking, and cooking.