Meet our Staff
Jess Turuc | Director
Jess serves as our Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life. She 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). Jess believes in the potential and opportunity that fraternities and sororities provide for students and is passionate about working to guide and lead this community to provide meaningful membership experiences and to being the premiere fraternity and sorority community in the country. 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), as well as most recently, working at University of Utah as the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life for 5 years. She currently serves as the co-chair of the NASPA FSL KC and chair of the FSL specialty for the Higher Education Consortium Certification program. She enjoys collecting Delta Skymiles, watching reality television, and cheering on various sports teams, especially the Rebs!
Jordan Freeman | Associate Director
Jordan Freeman currently serves as the Associate Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Mississippi with a special focus on leadership programming and development. 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 several 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.
Wendy Brady | Administrative Coordinator
Wendy serves the office as Administrative Coordinator. She received a bachelor’s in science in Business degree from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS. After her family transferred from Jackson, MS, Wendy found her spot with the FSL at the Flagship! She is responsible for the day-to-day management of our office and works to ensure that things are always running smoothly.
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), as well as overseeing our office’s health and wellness and marketing initiatives. 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 into the Delta Pi chapter of Delta Gamma Fraternity. Upon graduating, she came to Oxford to complete her Master 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). In her free time, Julia enjoys spending time with loved ones, road trips, adding to her Amazon cart, and playing with her Yorkie puppy, Posy. 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 an Assistant Director in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, primarily advising the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), as well as overseeing our office’s EMERGE program and career readiness initiatives. A native of Holly Springs, MS, Sedric has earned degrees from Rust College, Central Michigan University, and Argosy University. Before 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
Spencer is a native of Herculaneum, Missouri, and serves as an Assistant Director in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, primarily advising the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and overseeing our office’s EMERGE program and DEI initiatives. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Saint Louis University with a double major in Education and Psychology. He completed a Master of Science Degree in Higher Education Administration and Policy from Northwestern University. After graduating, he has stayed involved with his undergraduate organization, Sigma Chi, through a staff position at his fraternity’s headquarters in Chicago and continues to seek volunteer opportunities as often as he can.
Zackary Newson | Graduate Assistant
Zackary is a Graduate Student in the Higher Education and Student Personnel Program with an emphasis in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2023 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Global Security Studies. Zack is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. A Spring 22 initiate of the Nu Upsilon Chapter, he proudly served as Vice President and Director of Membership Development and Events Operations. Zack currently serves as the co-advisor for the College Panhellenic Council, with a special focus on career readiness and leadership programming. Zack is excited to continue his work with Fraternity and Sorority Life at his alma mater.
Jaelyn McBroom | Graduate Assistant
Jaelyn is a first-year graduate assistant currently working on her Master in Higher Education and Student Personnel at the University of Mississippi. A 2022 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), Jaelyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work with a minor in Sociology. During her time at EKU, she was initiated into the Gamma Omicron chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta where she served as Vice President of Chapter Wellness and Chapter President. As a graduate assistant in Fraternity and Sorority Life, Jaelyn co-advises the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) with a special focus in DEI initiatives and leadership programming. Jaelyn is thankful for the opportunity to continue growing her passion for fraternity and sorority life at the University of Mississippi.
Zach Tate | Graduate Assistant
Zach is a second-year graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Personnel program and works primarily with the Interfraternity Council (IFC), with a special focus on Academic Excellence and Marketing and Outreach. 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!