Our Advisors

Alexis Andres

Dean of Whitman College

Alexis AndresA recovering perfectionist, Alexis became interested in the study of perfectionism and effortless perfection while a graduate student at the University of Virginia (UVA). Inspired by Duke University's then president Nan Keohane's commissioning of the Women's Initiative,  a campus-wide examination of the female experience at Duke, Alexis conducted her own doctoral research on female undergraduate students and the pursuit of effortless perfection.  

Alexis completed her Ph.D. in 2008 (her first UVA degree was as an undergraduate) and worked as an assistant dean in the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at UVA before moving to Princeton in 2011. Alexis has served as the director of student life in Butler College, where she oversaw the Residential College Adviser program and Butler College Council, in addition to providing individual guidance and support to students.  Starting in the Fall of 2016, Alexis took on a new role as the Dean of Whitman College. Alexis enjoys collaborations on campus with the Women's Center, Athletics, LGBT Resource Center, the Princeton Women's Mentoring Program, and the Fields Center.  Alexis enjoys spending her free time traveling, horseback riding, and reading.


Garrett Meggs


Garrett Meggs Headshot

As Director of Student Life (DSL) of Wilson College, Garrett supports the co-curricular aspects of students' Princeton experience. This includes student health and wellness, residential life, social engagement, and community standards. He works closely with the Residential College Advisers (RCAs) and College Council to create a community in which students can learn, contribute, and grow as individuals. 

Prior to joining the team at Wilson, Garrett held positions at other institutions in residential life, counseling services, and academic support. he earned an M.S. in professional counseling from Lipscomb University and a B.A. in biology from Freed-Hardeman University, both in my home state of Tennessee.

Garrett is an avid sports fan (Go Cubs!), and he also loves musical theater. You can often find Garrett playing the piano in one of Wilson College's rehearsal spaces or challenging random students to a ping-pong match. He is also a fellow for the men's lacrosse team.



Laura Murray

assistant director of learning programs, mcgraw center for teaching and learning 

Laura MurrayLaura joined the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning as assistant director of learning programs, where she will focus on new initiatives and programming to support graduate students across the university. For the past four years, she has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, where she completed a Ph.D. in Human Development. Laura’s scholarly and applied work explores the potential of educational institutions to promote young adult optimal development. That said, she is particularly interested in the social, emotional, and academic identity development of students; mental health within university contexts; and transitions to and through higher education for under-represented and first-generation students, as well as for students with disabilities. Prior to her work in education, Laura was an independent documentary filmmaker for over ten years, producing social issue films for public television. She has a B.A. from Vassar College, an M.A. from Stanford University, and an M.S Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.