- Student Success Specialist, Graduate Programs
Marissa Barton is a Student Success Specialist for Buena Vista University’s Graduate Programs. Located on the Western Iowa Tech Community College campus in Sioux City, she works with the M.Ed. Special Education and M.A.T.—Secondary Education and Special Education graduate programs. Working with students from inquiry to graduation gives her the chance to make a connection with her students and build a trusting relationship. She also understands the commitment and dedication earning a master’s degree requires as she is a graduate student herself and will complete BVU’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program in December 2023.
Marissa, who received her bachelor’s degree in human services and family life services from Wayne State College in Nebraska, found a passion for working in higher education while serving as a student mentor for incoming first-generation freshmen students. “Providing this extra level of support, whether that be with student activities, dorm life, study tips, socials, etc., gave me a sense of purpose and fulfillment. I was proud of the success my students found and excited each year to bring in a new group of students to help mold.”
Marissa previously served BVU’s Online Programs as an Enrollment Counselor. Originally from Marcus, IA, she now lives with her husband on an acreage in rural Moville, IA. She spends her time away from work listening to music, reading, playing with her dog, and remodeling her farmhouse.