Written By Karlee Evans
On January 23, John Yancey joined the UPIKE family as the director of admissions. Yancey is a graduate of former Clinch Valley College, present-day UVA of Wise, where he studied English literature. At the time, Yancey was interested in teaching high school. Unsatisfied with his field experience, he decided to work in residence life before moving to Florida. Nearly 26 years ago, Yancey and his wife, Mitchell, move to Jacksonville, Fla. After several years working in a stressful environment, Yancey applied for an admissions officer position at the University of North Florida (UNF) in the hopes of reentering the college atmosphere. Although it was not his dream job, he fell in love with the position. “When you’re in 3rd grade and you’re at career day at your elementary school, no one really stands up and says, ‘I want to be an admissions counselor.’ It’s more of a vocation that finds you once you get in the business,” Yancey said. After 19 years at UNF, Yancey continues his journey in the Admissions Office at UPIKE. According to Yancey, his primary mission is to do what he can to help the university meet enrollment goals by “allocating resources in the ways to meet those goals.” Yancey enjoys working in admissions because it allows him to be autonomous, provides a challenge and the opportunity to help others, and allows him to see the entity of product from recruitment to graduation. Right now, Pikeville means family to Yancey. With his wife and two kids, Sarah, 21, and Roman, 18, in Florida, the UPIKE Admissions team has become his family. He looks forward to June when his family expects to move to Pikeville. His daughter plans to study early childhood education and his son psychology with a minor in business at UPIKE in the fall of 2017. Yancey is excited about the move and his new UPIKE family. He is eager to help UPIKE move forward in the direction of the President. “I’m excited for what the future holds for the University of Pikeville,” Yancey said.