The staff at the University Counseling Center believe in the dignity and individual self worth of each person. To that end we respect, nurture and honor diversity in all those we work with and serve.
Quinton ‘Bud’ Edwards, Jr., Director
Quinton ‘Bud’ Edwards, Jr. is the Director of the Counseling Center. Bud is originally from Mississippi and came back home to give back to the university, Oxford, and the state. His desire is that the campus community will join us as we continue to build a nationally recognized University Counseling Center that benefits the campus and the state. He earned a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri at Columbia and completed his internship at the University of Iowa’s Counseling Services. He worked mostly in university counseling centers but has spent some time working in an inpatient treatment hospital, in mental health centers, and in private practice. His experience and expertise includes working with students with anxiety, depression, developmental issues, and trauma.
Mary Clark, Assistant Director of EAP-MH
Mary is the assistant director of the EAP Mental Health Program. She is from Gadsden, Alabama. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She received her undergraduate and graduate degree from Jacksonville State University and has experience working with a wide range of clientele. Prior to joining the university, she work as a therapist at Southeastern Psychiatric Hospital in Gadsden on the acute and long term care unites. She has also worked from Mountain Lakes Behavioral Health as an administrator and program coordinator for the child and adolescent assessment center and independent living program located in Piedmont, Alabama. Mary’s most recent position was at Jacksonville State University’s Counseling and Testing services where she was the testing coordinator and licensed counselor. Mary’s free time is spent outdoors gardening, fishing, hunting, and spending enjoyable moments with family and friends.
Michael Hirschel, Staff Psychologist
Mike is a Licensed Psychologist who has been working at the University Counseling Center since 2016. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Mississippi. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology in Boston and his postdoctoral fellowship at the Student Counseling Center of the University of Central Oklahoma. He is a generalist and has worked with people of various ages with a wide range of concerns. Being a native of North Carolina and having completed his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mike is a huge Tar Heel fan. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, playing and watching soccer, and cooking.
Keysha Thomas, Staff Counselor
Keysha is a staff counselor at the University Counseling Center. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Delta State University in 2004 and her Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degree from The University of Mississippi. Keysha has worked with individuals in various developmental stages, ranging from children, to teenagers, to young adults, to older individuals. Some of Keysha’s interests include working with multicultural issues, substance abuse issues, and student retention. In her spare time, Keysha enjoys reading suspense novels, watching television, and visiting with friends and family.
Katie Harrison, Staff Counselor
Katie is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) at the University Counseling Center. She is a two time alumna of The University of Mississippi who received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2005 and her Master’s of Education in Counseling in 2007. She completed internship at the University of Mississippi’s Academic Support Center, NMRC, and in an inpatient AIOP treatment setting. Prior to joining her alma mater, Katie practiced in community mental health as well as private practice. She has experience in working with a variety of developmental stages and is passionate about being able to help students navigate life during their time at the university. Katie has a passion for working with issues affecting women, graduate level students, and trauma survivors. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and is trained in EMDR psychotherapy. She enjoys painting, dancing, watching Ole Miss football, and spending time with friends and family.
Renea Masterson, Administrative Coordinator
Renea is the Administrative Coordinator of the counseling center. She joined Ole Miss in 2014 and the counseling center in 2016. She has an AA Degree in Business Administration from Mississippi Delta Community College. Renea helps coordinate the daily operations at the center including coordinating travel, scheduling and coordinating meetings, maintaining departmental inventory and budget, drafting reports, entering payroll, and keeping things in order and running smoothly. She also supervises the administrative support staff. Renea enjoys spending time with family, travel, and watching sports.
Gail Bruner, Secretary
Gail is the Secretary at the Counseling Center. She provides informational and clerical assistance to students and employees who are seeking psychological services. She aids in scheduling appointments, providing correspondence for students and parents, and providing guidance to student workers. Gail is a transplant to Mississippi by way of Maryland, but lived in Virginia for over 15 years. She now lives in Oxford with her husband, Michael, who works in Athletics. They have three adult children, Marie, Tyler and Caroline. Her hobbies include reading, genealogy research, and community theater.