BestSemester Adds Four Members to Fill Staff Vacancies

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Members of the BestSemester staff are (back row from left) Erin Cox, Kelley Griffin, Meghan Donaghue, Tim Hunt (front row) Heidi Prillwitz, Leah Mullen, Deborah Kim.
Members of the BestSemester staff are (back row from left) Erin Cox, Kelley Griffin, Meghan Donaghue, Tim Hunt (front row) Heidi Prillwitz, Leah Mullen, Deborah Kim.

WASHINGTON DC--The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities recently announced the addition of four staff members to fill vacancies associated with its BestSemester student programs team. 

Erin Cox, a Southern Nazarene University graduate and Latin American Studies Program alum, is the new international programs advisor for the Latin American Studies Program and China Studies Program. She said she is “excited to work with CCCU” and share her program experience with students who are looking to begin their BestSemester. When she’s not advising students, Cox enjoys volunteering with the International Rescue Committee in Baltimore to mentor refugee families.

Kelley Griffin now serves as the program administrator for the American Studies Program and Washington Journalism Center. She is an Erskine College graduate and an American Studies Program alum. Griffin said her goal is to help students have a unique BestSemester experience as rewarding as was her own. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, SEC football, and British TV dramas.

Tim Hunt is the new international programs advisor for the Scholars’ Semester in Oxford and the Oxford Summer Programme. He is a Wheaton College graduate and Scholars’ Semester in Oxford alum. Hunt looks forward to helping students by providing support through every step of the admissions process. He enjoys “Washington D.C.’s gamut of art and culture.”

Leah Mullen is the campus relations and marketing manager for CCCU/BestSemester. Mullen is a West Virginia Wesleyan College graduate. She is passionate about experiential learning and believes her experience living in China, as well as her background in higher education recruitment and marketing, will aid her in promoting BestSemester’s programs. Outside of the office, Mullen enjoys visiting new places and discovering the best restaurants each city has to offer.

These new employees round out the BestSemester team and join veteran staff members Meghan Donaghue, international programs advisor for the Middle East Studies Program and the Uganda Studies Program; Heidi Prillwitz, international programs advisor for the Australia Studies Centre and India Studies Program; and Deborah Kim, interim vice president for student programs.  

Together, these Student Programs team members work to recruit students and support and advise them throughout their journey with BestSemester. Their goal is to provide academically challenging programs that allow students to interact with people of various cultures while living out the story of Christ.


About BestSemester: The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities offers 12 off-campus study programs, collectively branded BestSemester®, which expand learning opportunities for students from CCCU campuses and are designated as culture-shaping or culture-crossing programs. Culture-shaping BestSemester programs are: American Studies Program (Washington, D.C.); Contemporary Music Center (Nashville); Los Angeles Film Studies Center (Los Angeles); and Washington Journalism Center (Washington, D.C.). Culture-crossing BestSemester programs are: Australia Studies Centre; China Studies Program; India Studies Program; Latin American Studies Program; Middle East Studies Program; Programmes in Oxford; and Uganda Studies Program. Visit for program details.

About the CCCU: The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities is a higher education association of 174 intentionally Christ-centered institutions around the world. The 119 member campuses in North America are all fully-accredited, comprehensive colleges and universities with curricula rooted in the arts and sciences. In addition, 55 affiliate campuses from 20 countries are part of the CCCU. The Council’s mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help our institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth. Visit