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Meet Your Transfer Counselor


The University of St. Thomas invites you and your family to schedule a campus tour and meet with an admissions counselor. During your visit, you will learn more about the application process, scholarships and financial aid. We encourage you to meet with current UST professors and students while you are on campus. Contact your admissions counselor to make arrangements for your campus visit today!
Director of Transfer Admissions and Veteran Services
Phillip ButcherPhillip Butcher is the Director of Transfer Admissions and Veteran Services. Butcher is a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing from the University of Houston in 2009. Phillip came to UST from the marketing department at engineering firm Smith Seckman Reid.

After successfully running the Veteran Services program, Phillip was also named Director of Transfer Admissions. Possessing the perspective of both a transfer and veteran student, he works hard to ensure the admissions process is simple and accessible to all students.

“I remember all of the confusion I had when I separated from the military and began attending school —the head-in-the-clouds feeling of not always knowing what to do next or where to go. I want to make sure that other veterans have more information so that they can take full advantage of their benefits.”
—Phillip Butcher
Transfer Studentsí Admissions Counselors
Amanda Jolivet
Senior Transfer Admissions Counselor

Transfer Counselor Amanda Jolivet

Hi! I’m Amanda Jolivet, senior transfer admissions counselor for the University of St. Thomas. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in communication. Since I transferred to and graduated from UST, I have a unique understanding of your concerns. I am happy to serve as your resource for information throughout the transfer process. Please feel free to contact me with questions about the University or our admissions procedures.

Contact Me
Phone: 713-525-3502

Trai Hicks
​If you’re ready to make the transition from community college to a four-year degree at St. Thomas, or just looking to transfer from another school, I can help you decide if St. Thomas is the right place for you.  I enjoy helping people from different backgrounds and experiences discover UST’s excellent education and prepare for the future.

I have a bachelor’s in political science and public administration from Grambling State University in Louisiana, but I’ve found a family atmosphere at St. Thomas. It’s small and there are fewer distractions for focusing on school. You’re able to have that personal relationship with professors, so you don’t feel like a number. 

I want to support you in pursuing your degree, so don’t be afraid to ask me questions about your next steps to attend St. Thomas.  

Contact Me
Phone: 713-525-3163

Nursing Admissions Coordinator
Cathy Ruhnke
Nursing Admissions CoordinatorMy name is Cathy Ruhnke and I am the Nursing Admissions Coordinator at the University of St. Thomas. I graduated from UST in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in theology and feel fortunate to be able to continue my connection with UST through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the School of Nursing. I really enjoy working with such a diverse and talented group of students who will be our future nurses. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have about our program! 

Contact Me
Phone: 713-525-3501
Toll Free: 800-856-8565
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