Honors College Office of the Provost

Staff Update: Whitney Comer

Getting to know you!

Name: Whitney Comer

Position: Assistant Director of Student Programming

Hometown: Greeneville, Tennessee

Degree (s): BS – Mass Communications; MA – Student Development

Why did you choose those degrees? Growing up, I always wanted to be a writer, so when I got to college, it only made sense to get a degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in journalism. My experience as a reporter after my undergraduate career quickly changed my mind. Since I had been very involved in co-curricular activities in undergrad, I began exploring the field of Higher Education, and ultimately ended up pursing that for my Masters. 

What brought you to the Honors College? I have enjoyed my career in Student Affairs but was also interested in pursuing something a little different than my traditional student activities role. The position with the Honors College will allow me the opportunity to focus on creating a great student experience for a specific group of students. 

Do you have any hobbies? I am a runner. I have run 11 half marathons and have a goal to complete one each year. I have also completed two sprint triathlons. I enjoy being physically active. I also love to travel. Whether it be somewhere with my family or a girls weekend for a race, I love to experience new places.  

What are small things that make your day better? I love a good cup of coffee to start the day. I usually only have one cup, but I savor it. A good run always makes things better. Also, movies, TV, or Books – or all three? 

What do you hope to accomplish here at the Honors College? I hope to create a dynamic and unique college experience for the Honor students through a variety of events and travel experiences.  

What are you most excited about working at the Honors College? I am excited to work with the students in creating the student experience they want. 

What advice would you give to an Honors College student? Embrace and enjoy your journey. Every day is a gift. 

Do you have a favorite Auburn memory / or Auburn area memory?  Actually, I ran a half marathon here in 2015. It was stormy that morning, and my friends and I really didn’t think they would start it…but they did. We also had not done the research on the course. After training at the coast, we were not prepared for the hills. 

Best way to contact? My email at wrc0024@auburn.edu