Mississippi College

Jennifer McGill

Jennifer McGill

Director of Career Services

Jennifer is a native of central Arkansas. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Communication  and a Master of Science in College Student Personnel from Arkansas Tech University, Jennifer went on to work in the Oil and Gas Industry for a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation for 3 years, doing legal research and handling land title issues.  Jennifer also worked for Student Support Services, a Federal TRiO program, at Arkansas Tech University. Jennifer now directs and leads the Department of Career Services at Mississippi College.  She considers this work to be a calling and spends her days developing students.

In the summer of 2011, Jennifer and her husband Shawn were called to Mississippi to work at Christ Life Highlands in Ridgeland, MS, where they serve as the Young Life pastors.

Jennifer’s top 5 strengths include Developer, Positivity, Belief, Woo, and Connectedness.  

“We are God’s Masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10


Derrick Echoles

Assistant Director of Career Services

Derrick is a native of Indianola, MS.  Derrick earned both his Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Arts in Higher Education/Student Personnel from the University of Mississippi and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education at Southern Illinois University. Derrick previously worked in a variety of academic and student services capacities at the University of Arkansas as an Academic Counselor, Student Services Specialist, Provost Lecturer, Test Administrator, and Adjunct Professor. His previous experiences’ also include working with both traditional and non-traditional college students in career services, first-year experience programs, and academic advising at the University of Mississippi, Southern Illinois University, and Northwest Mississippi Community College at Oxford. He is a member of several higher education professional associations including NACE, NASPA, and NACADA.

Derrick believes he was destined for a career in higher education and working in the profession was definitely a part of God’s purpose for his life and loves being an asset to students, parents, and alumni. His top five strengths are: Strategic, Significance, Relator, Learner, and Positivity.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13


Stephanie Gandy

Coordinator of On-Campus Student Employment and Internships

Stephanie is a native of Ridgeland, Mississippi. She attended Mississippi College and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Communication, with an emphasis in Public Relations. Involved in both the Communication department and other areas on campus, Stephanie had a great experience as an undergraduate student. She served in various organizations, such as the Public Relations Association of Mississippi, Communication Department Messengers and Nenamoosha Social Tribe. After her time at Mississippi College, she went to Auburn University and graduated with her Master of Arts in Communication. While there, she served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and taught public speaking courses for two years.

Since her junior year of college, Stephanie has completed multiple internships and on-campus employment opportunities. She feels this current position is the perfect fit for her and that returning to Mississippi College is like coming home.  She feels so grateful to have the opportunity to work at the university she loves so much. Stephanie’s top five strengths are: Harmony, Discipline, Belief, Individualization and Consistency.

“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.” Hebrews 13:2


Jacob Wilkins

Student Associate for Career Services

 Jacob is a transfer student from Paducah, KY. He started at Mississippi College in the spring semester of 2013. He is a junior and is pursuing a degree in Accounting. After college, he is planning on starting a career in the accounting profession while working towards his MBA and required hours to partake in the CPA exam. He plans to one day have a career in the financial sector of a health and fitness company. 


Jeremy Kerstell

Student Associate for Career Services

Jeremy hails from Memphis, TN and is a sophomore at Mississippi College. For the year and a half prior to attending MC, Jeremy held a position at Apple, Inc. as a technician.  He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a minor in Political Science.  He is passionate about business and the humanities and­ plans to attend law school after college.  He  is a charter member and president of the Delta Epsilon Iota honor society, and serves as the Student Government Association's sophomore class president.


Andy O'Brien 

Student Associate for Career Services

Andy is a senior Communication major from Denver, Colorado. His involvement on campus includes serving as the Vice President to Kokoa Men’s Service Club and the Assistant Editor for The Mississippi Collegian. In the past, Andy volunteered on the Campus Activities Board and was employed as a resident assistant in Chrestman Hall. Andy also serves as the Vice President for Delta Epsilon Iota, the newly-founded career services honor society. After he graduates in August, Andy will seek a master’s degree or a career in marketing.


Virginia Cook

Student Associate for Career Services

Virginia Cook is a junior from Amite, Louisiana. She is studying to become an elementary school teacher and hopes to teach either first or third grade. Virginia also serves as the Secretary for the newly founded Career Services honor society, Delta Epsilon Iota. After college, Virginia plans to move back to Louisiana and start her career as a teacher. 


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