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Graduate coordinator dedicated to helping students succeed

Alexandra Lackard, graduate coordinator in the UNF Coggin College of BusinessAlexandra Lackard is the graduate coordinator in the Coggin College of Business. In her current role, she helps with the College's recruiting efforts and advises students about the College's programs. Prior to accepting this position, Lackard worked on campus an an academic advisor. Her dedication and excellent performance in this role resulted in winning the 2023 Academic Advisor of the Year Award earlier this year. In her spare time, the Connecticut native enjoys exploring nature and spending time at the beach.
Describe a typical workday for you? 
One of the best parts about my job is that each day looks different. My main role is to advise students for our graduate and certificate programs within the Coggin College of Business — to welcome them to our programs. Other days, we’re attending campus events and off-campus recruiting initiatives. Our portfolio of graduate programs are growing and to date, we have six master's programs and three graduate certificates. It’s an exciting time to be in this position.
What led you to this opportunity at UNF?
I was already a part of the UNF community as an academic advisor for Art History, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Africana Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies. I was very grateful to have heard about the opportunity to work for the Coggin Graduate and Executive Programs. I knew right away how rewarding and exciting the work would be.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy getting to learn about my students’ goals and seeing the incredible work that they do. It is inspiring to see them excel in their programs and accomplish the goals they’ve set for themselves.
What do you like most about UNF?
I love that UNF is an incredibly welcoming community and provides extensive opportunities for students to get involved in their academic programs and extracurricular activities. I’m grateful to be a part of this incredible UNF community. SWOOP!
What energizes you at work?
I feel energized when I’m able to make connections with those that I am working with — students, faculty, staff and community partners.
What’s a work-related accomplishment you’re proud of?
In my former role in academic advising at UNF, I was honored to receive the Academic Advisor of the Year Award for 2023. My main hope in coming into work each day is to help students reach their goals.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I enjoy spending time out in nature, discovering new hiking trails or looking for shark teeth on the beach.
What was your first job?
My first job in high school was working as a hostess at a local pizza restaurant in Connecticut.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
To not worry about the small stuff. Things tend to work themselves out. It’s important to set goals for yourself but also enjoy the journey along the way.
Who inspires you and why?
My parents have always been an inspiration in my life. They’ve encouraged me to pursue my dreams and I am grateful for their support.
What’s your favorite thing to do on weekends?
My perfect weekend would be relaxing on the beach and finding a new restaurant spot.
What’s the top destination on your must-visit list?
Hawaii! It seems like the perfect adventure trip between visiting the beach and hiking alongside waterfalls.
What is one thing about you that others may not know?
I am an only child.