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GPS Staff

david_thumbnailDavid M. Sneed, Ed. D.

Director, Growth & Purpose for Students

Contact David: 615-460-5701 or e-mail

Dr. David Sneed came to Belmont University in 2011 to lead the development of the Sophomore Year Experience. At the conclusion of the inaugural year, the staff realized that offering services to a wider range of the student body was needed so we developed the Growth & Purpose for Students (GPS) program. While much of the activity is focused on students during their 2nd, 3rd and 4th semesters, we will assist any student looking for direction.

"We know that students, at Belmont and at other institutions, sometimes meet specific challenges that are unique to that period after the initial semester of orientation to the university," Sneed said. “Belmont has decided to assist students in meeting these challenges head-on as well as helping all students more fully explore options available to them as they move into the intense period of major courses during the junior and senior years.”

Dr. Sneed received his Ed.D. in Higher Education from the University of Memphis, and his M.A. in Education and his B.S. in Agriculture Education from Western Kentucky University. He last served as Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students and Special Counsel to the President of Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia. Prior to his work in West Virginia, he was Dean of Students at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.

Maren E. Bishop, M.Ed.

Coordinator, Growth & Purpose for Students

Contact Maren: 615-460-5702 or e-mail

Maren joined the GPS team as the Coordinator in June 2017. No stranger to Belmont, Maren has worked at the university since 2005 and completed her Master of Education degree in Organizational Leadership and Communication at Belmont in 2011. Her previous roles included admissions, enrollment management, advising, event planning, scholarship management and “other duties as assigned” while working with students, faculty and staff in the health sciences as well as the visual and performing arts.

A Nashville native, Maren completed her B.S. in Mass Communications from Middle Tennessee State University and decided during her undergraduate studies that she wanted to work with college students. She loves assisting students as they discover their own ways to thrive in the Belmont community. Outside of Belmont, Maren enjoys spending time with her family, running and reading.


GPS Coaching Staff


Amanda, GPS Coach

Amanda is excited to return to GPS for Spring 2018. Amanda has been involved at Belmont in almost every capacity possible: she received her undergraduate degree in Journalism in 2004, worked on university staff from 2004-2009 in various marketing and public relations roles, returned to get her Master’s in English, and when not coaching in GPS is teaching First Year Writing courses both at Belmont and Nashville State Community College. Amanda loves working in the GPS office, especially with those students who feel unsettled and want to explore different options for their time at Belmont. When not at Belmont, Amanda loves cheering on the New England Patriots, the Kentucky Wildcats, going to yoga and dance classes, and spending as much time as possible with her husband Allen, fur-child Granger, and human-child Ruby (who she will happily show you pictures of, on request or not).



Nichole, GPS Coach

Nichole joined the GPS team in January 2018. She attended UCLA as an undergraduate student and majored in Environmental Science (B.S.) with a minor in Conservation Biology. As a college student, Nichole spent her summers working as an orientation leader for incoming first-year and transfer students. During the school year, she worked as a peer academic advisor to answer students’ questions about academic requirements and course planning. After graduating, she spent a year working at a community college Writing Center in central California.

Now, Nichole is pursuing an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University. In addition to being a full-time student, she also works part-time in Vanderbilt’s Office of the Provost as a Graduate Assistant and tutors high school students on the weekends. After graduating, she hopes to work with college students at a higher education institution. She loves to assist students in their progression from high school through college. Her academic interests include college admissions, academic advising, Greek life, and orientation. When not studying for her graduate classes or working, Nichole likes to explore local Nashville restaurants, watch Netflix, spend time with her cohort, and play guitar.