Rollins Appoints New Director of Upward Bound

Whitney Watkins joins Rollins as the new director of Upward Bound, a program that serves high school students from low-income families.

Whitney Watkins joins Rollins to serve as the new director of the College’s Upward Bound program. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. In May, Rollins received a grant for $322,335 from the U.S. Department of Education to administer its Upward Bound programs.

Watkins received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida State University, a master’s of science in education from Indiana University, and a doctorate in education from the University of Central Florida. She also has experience with educational opportunity programs and student leadership development.

“I have always had a passion for student leadership development and educational growth. Therefore, I am excited to join a team of individuals dedicated to the success of the Upward Bound student scholars,” says Watkins. “I feel assured that we will continue to provide the utmost support and mentorship to our incredible groups of students.”

“The Upward Bound Program at Rollins is committed to access in higher education by providing selected high school students from underserved backgrounds with innovative curriculum, positive mentoring, and strategies for college success,” says Micki Meyer, Lord Family Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Community. “Given her wealth and diversity of experience in higher education, Watkins will be able to help many students complete their secondary education while preparing them to enroll in and graduate from college.”