AUGUSTA, Ga. - A local professor is being recognized nationally for her work at Augusta University. Dr. Elizabeth Huggins has been teaching first-year students at Augusta University since the year 2000. Her role has evolved and now she's the first Director of First- and Second-Year Experiences. 

Each year, Presidents of American higher education institutions are invited to nominate one educator on their campus who exhibits exceptional work in the areas of student learning, development, and success.

This year, all of Dr.  Huggins's hard work isn't going unnoticed. She is being honored by The National Resource Center and Penguin Random House Annual Campaign.

"I also work in a space at Augusta University, where all of us support each other in our personal growth and development...," said Dr.  Huggins.

Being one of the ten student advocates across the nation who will be recognized at the 43rd Annual Conference in Seattle. 

Dr. Huggins says she enjoys giving back to the community and seeing her students grow.

"They have found their trajectory in life, and we are here to support that trajectory. Through internships and job shadowing."  Said Doctor Huggins.

The conference is set for February 2024 in Seattle, Washington. Dr.  Huggins says that she is grateful for this opportunity and hopes to continue to touch the lives of those on campus.