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. Butcher came to UST from the marketing department at engineering firm Smith Seckman Reid.

After successfully running the Veteran Services program, Butcher 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
Cathy Ruhnke

Nursing Admissions Coordinator

Nursing and pre-nursing majors (all schools)

Nursing Admissions Coordinator

My 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

Glendys Rodriguez

Transfer Admissions Coordinator

Houston Community College transfers

STEM Transfer Admissions Coordinator for Houston Community College Glendys Rodriguez

Hi, I’m Glendys Rodriguez, Transfer Admissions Coordinator for the University of St. Thomas. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Spanish from University of Houston in 2010; since, I have been working in the higher education field. I truly enjoy working with students from different background and educational experiences; as an HCC alumnus I understand fears, concerns and questions some of you may have before choosing the right university that meet your needs. My purpose is to guide, inform, and support you throughout the admission transfer process here at University of St. Thomas.

I hope I can get an opportunity to help you through this very important journey.

Contact Me
Phone: 713-525-6923
Toll Free: 800-856-8565

Sara Johnson

Transfer Admissions Counselor

Adult Degree Completion, San Jacinto College, international students, and out of state transfers

Transfer Counselor Amanda Jolivet

Looking for an opportunity to achieve success? I can show you what University of St. Thomas has to offer. I work with students interested in joining the Adult Degree Completion program, international transfer students, students from San Jacinto and students transferring from out of state colleges and universities.

From firsthand experience, I know the process of transferring. I was a transfer student from two previous schools and finished at UST obtaining my Bachelor Degree in Liberal Arts. I have worked with international students for more than five years and I am excited to continue serve in that capacity, here at UST.

I understand the commitment to complete a degree while juggling work and family life. Let me help you create a plan to complete your degree to move forward on your career path.

Please feel free to contact me so that together we can map out your next step in transferring to UST!

Contact Me
Phone: 713-525-3502