Admissions Team & Ambassadors

We're here to help.

Most of the information you need to apply to UVa-Wise is on our site.
But, we are always here to provide live help. Regional assignments and
phone numbers of counselors can be found below.

Rusty Necessary

Rusty Necessary

Vice Chancellor for Enrollment
Management and Student Life

Member since 1988
B.A. History UVa-Wise, 1987
M.Ed. Higher Education, The University of Virginia
Local School: Central HS
276-328-0102

Leigh Ann Messer

Leigh Ann Messer

Office Manager

Member since 2002
Responsibilities: data entry and
processing student applications
276-328-0102

Jamie Rose

Jamie Rose

Associate Director of Admissions

Member since 2003
B.S. Sociology, UVa-Wise, 2002
M.Ed. Higher Education, The University
of Virginia, 2005
Transfer Counselor
Local Schools: Wise Co. Christian School, Castlewood HS, Council HS, Bland Co. HS
276-328-0248

Misty Belcher

Misty Belcher

Admissions Counselor

Member since 2009
B.S. Communication, Radford University, 2002
Territory: Northern Virginia
Local Territory: Washington County,
Virginia HS, Lebanon HS, Honaker HS
276-376-4645

Kim Ward

Kim Ward

Admissions Counselor

Member since 2012
B.B.A. Marketing, Radford University, 2005
Territory: Central Virginia/Richmond
Local Territory: Dickenson, Giles, Pulaski, &
Tazewell Counties; Fort Chiswell HS
276-376-4644

Shelby Adams

Shelby Adams

Admissions Counselor

Member since 2013
B.S. Psychology, UVa-Wise, 2013
Territory: Tidewater/ VA Beach
Local Territory: Lee HS, Buchanan &
Smyth Counties, George Wythe HS,
Rural Retreat HS
276-328-0277

Admissions Ambassadors

The UVa-Wise Ambassadors are a group of students selected each year by an application and interview process.

The group is selected on the basis of academic performance, personality, and leadership potential. Each ambassador is assigned an hour each week in which they either give a campus tour to a visiting student or assist the Office of Admissions in e-mail, phone calls, or hosting group visits. In addition to an hour of individual duty each week, each ambassador is expected to attend each of UVa-Wise 360 programs throughout the year.

The ambassadors hold fund-raising projects each year to help raise funds for training retreats, shirts and jackets for the group, and some public service projects involving area Head Start programs. The ambassadors are also called upon to volunteer for community service projects when possible.