Meet our Staff
Jess Turuc | Director
Jess completed her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Cultural Studies at Michigan Technological University (MTU) where she was initiated into Theta Chi Epsilon Sorority. She went on to receive her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University (GSU). Throughout her 13 years of professional experience working with Fraternity and Sorority Life, Jess has served in various roles including Assistant Director of Student Activities for Greek Life and Leadership at MTU, Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at GSU, and Assistant Director of Greek Life at East Carolina University (ECU). For the past five years, Jess has served as the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Utah.
Jordan Freeman | Associate Director
Jordan Freeman currently serves as the Associate Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Mississippi. Previously, he served as an Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the institution where he primarily advised the Interfraternity Council. Jordan attended Mississippi Valley State University, where he joined Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and received his B.S. in Biology. He went on to attend the University of Mississippi, where he earned his M.A. in Higher Education/Student Personnel. Jordan has a number of experiences working in fraternity and sorority life, including council and chapter advisement, program planning and implementation, leadership development, and risk reduction. He has seen first-hand how fraternal experiences can positively impact one’s life, so he seeks to empower students with similar experiences in his daily work.
Julia Brechtel | Assistant Director
Julia serves as an Assistant Director for the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, where she primarily advises the College Panhellenic Council (CPH). A native of Brandon, MS, Julia graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in May of 2020, where she was initiated in to the Delta Pi chapter of Delta Gamma Fraternity. Upon graduating, she came to the Velvet Ditch to complete her Masters of Art in Higher Education and Student Personnel where she served as a graduate assistant for the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, previously co-advising the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and the Interfraternity Council (IFC). She is excited to continue her work with our FSL community in a professional capacity and looks forward to contributing to the mission and vision of FSL at the Flagship.
Sedric Scott | Assistant Director
Sedric is a native of Holly Springs, MS. He has earned degrees from Rust College, Central Michigan University, and Argosy University. Prior to joining Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University, he worked in the public education system as a teacher and academic coach for over twenty years. He is married to Alisheia Scott and they share two awesome daughters. He enjoys spending time with family and serving the local community through his fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
Spencer Laiben | Assistant Director
Hello, my name is Spencer Patrick Laiben, I am from Herculaneum, Missouri. I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Saint Louis University with a double major in Education and Psychology. I recently completed a Master of Science Degree in Higher Education Administration and Policy from Northwestern University. After graduating, I stayed involved with my undergraduate organization, Sigma Chi, through a staff position at my fraternity’s headquarters in Chicago and continue to seek volunteer opportunities as often as I can.
Brian Greene | Graduate Assistant
Brian is a second-year graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Personnel program and works closely with the National Pan-hellenic Council (NPHC). Brian graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from Clemson University. Brian is a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and is excited to continue sharing his experiences while creating new ones with the students and professionals in the Oxford community.
Taylor Pierce | Graduate Assistant
Taylor is a second-year graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Personnel program and is serving as a graduate assistant within the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, working closely with the Interfraternity Council (IFC). Taylor graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. She is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and excited to continue contributing to the Oxford community!
Zach Tate | Graduate Assistant
Zach is a first-year graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Personnel program and works primarily with the College Panhellenic Council. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State in 2020, earning degrees in both Multimedia Journalism and Public Relations. Zach has been in the National Guard since 2015, and is a proud member of Theta Xi Fraternity. For Theta Xi, Zach currently serves as a chapter advisor for his undergraduate chapter and is a District Director for the South. Zach just finished a term on his fraternity’s Board of Directors, and is excited to continue his professional development at Ole Miss and with the Oxford Community!