Shavers became interested in the position after reading that MSU was recently ranked among the top 10 universities for students with disabilities.
“I think that speaks strongly to what is at the core of the institution,” Shavers said. “My son has Down syndrome so that was really important to me, knowing there’s a program for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.”
As she went through the interview process, she began to feel like she had the right skills to contribute to the program.
“I could see myself fitting here,” Shavers said. “I’m really looking forward to getting to know the different people in the department and across campus.”
Taking the next step
Shavers is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and school counselor. She began her career working at an elementary school.
Over time, she gained experience working as a professor, clinical director and, most recently, as the senior leader for graduate programs for Heidelberg University in Ohio.
The past year has been difficult for everyone, but the struggle allowed Shavers to discover her strength as a leader.
“As a counselor, I have a unique ability to tap into dynamics in a way that you don’t see as often,” Shavers said. “I think I have something I can offer in this space, so I started to look toward leadership opportunities.”
There’s no question that leadership roles come with unique challenges, but Shavers is no stranger to putting in the work.
Before having her son, she ran several half-marathons and is now getting back to running.
“There’s something about being really disciplined about something that makes you feel powerful,” Shavers said.
Becoming a Bear
Moving from Ohio to Missouri is quite the ordeal, but Shavers is excited to explore the Ozarks.
“I know the Ozarks and Springfield have a ton of history,” Shavers said. “I like to learn the history of things, so I’m looking forward to getting to know a new city.”
An avid sports fan, Shavers is also looking forward to attending sporting events on campus and teaching her son to cheer for the Bears.
Shavers will begin her position at MSU Aug. 1.
Welcome, Dr. Shavers!