Academic Success Center


Linda Gnagey
Assistant Professor, Chair

Linda Gnagey balances teaching developmental coursework with roles as director of the Academic Success Center and advisor to conditionally admitted first year students. She thrives on making connections for herself and for students—with other faculty and staff as they work with students and between students’ skill development and academic goals. She is accredited as a National Tutoring Association tutor trainer. She holds education degrees from Goshen College (B.A.) and James Madison University (M.Ed.) and seeks to be a life-long learner. Swimming for exercise, attending theater and sports events, traveling with her husband Keith, and sharing time with her children and grandchildren are favorite pastimes. She is an active member of Community Mennonite Church.

Byron Peachey
Academic Advocacy Pgrm Advisor

Byron Peachey, of Harrisonburg, has served as a Campus Pastor at EMU since 2002. He previously served four years as co-director of Mennonite Central Committee’s work in El Salvador. For 10 years, Peachey was involved in an inner-city mission congregation, Community of Hope in Washington, D.C., where he was a social worker and development director. He manages a small farm and attends Shalom Mennonite Church.


Emily North

Emily coordinates tutoring and testing in the ASC along with the day-to-day running of the Center. She especially enjoys working with college students and supporting them in their academic success. A background of congregational ministry, social work, and retail and office work have prepared her for the variety of tasks in her role.

Originally from Ohio, Emily has lived in Harrisonburg for the past 13 years with her husband and 3 children. Hobbies include reading, exercising outside, yoga, and good conversations with friends. She is an active member at Shalom Mennonite Congregation.

Steve Yoder
Coordinator of Academic Access

Steve worked in a variety of roles at Eastern Mennonite High School for the last 20 years. He taught Bible classes, served as High School Counselor, assisted with the Reading and Study Skills program, and coordinated the Experiential Learning program. Before that Steve was Associate Pastor at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, working in youth ministry, adult christian education, and preaching.

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