Graduate Admission Office

Sara Y. Pettingill, Ph.D.

Dean of Graduate Admission
Sara oversees the recruitment of the Bellarmine graduate and second degree programs. She has been with Bellarmine for 19 years serving in various roles such as Coordinator of Part-Time Undergraduate Recruitment, Associate Director of Enrollment Services, Associate Dean of Admission and Senior Associate Dean of Admission. She also teaches a First Year Focus course each fall. Currently, she meets with all students interested in the Ph.D. in Education and Social Change. Sara can be reached by calling 502.272.8401 or

Jordan Wiehebrink, Ph.D.

Jordan WiehebrinkAssociate Dean of Graduate Admission
Jordan assists students interested in both the Doctor of Physical Therapy and Ph.D. in Health Professions Education programs. She completed the Ph.D. in Education and Social Change program here at Bellarmine in 2018. Jordan also teaches a BU 100 course in the first-year focus curriculum. She can be reached at 502.272.8245 or

Julie Armstrong-Binnix, M.Ed.

Julie Armstrong-Binnix Assistant Dean of Graduate Admission and Strategic Operations
Julie helps prospective students interested in the Doctor of Nursing Practice, the Master of Science in Nursing (Administration, Education, and Family Nurse Practitioner), the Radiation Therapy Second Degree program, and the Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program.  Julie has been with Bellarmine over 18 years and has also taught Senior Seminar courses part-time. Her husband, Jon, is a 2004 graduate of the Accelerated Second Degree BSN program and is a current MSN Administration student. Julie can be reached by calling 502.272.8364 or

Dawn Hodges

Dawn Hodges Coordinator of Graduate Events and Registration
Dawn began at Bellarmine in the fall of 2002. Before joining the Graduate Admission Office, Dawn worked with transfer and non-traditional students in the Undergraduate Admission Office. Dawn now oversees the planning and implementation of all Graduate and Second Degree Information Sessions and Orientations. She also works with each Graduate Admission Officer on the registration of new graduate and second degree students. Dawn received her bachelor’s from Bellarmine in May 2002. She can be reached at 502.272.8030 or

Sarah Shumway Schuble, M.A.

Sarah SchubleAssistant Director of Graduate Student Enrollment
Sarah is responsible for meeting with prospective students and assisting with the admission process for the following graduate programs: Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership in Higher Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts in Education, Educational Specialist in Instructional Leadership & School Administration, Doctor of Education, Rank I, Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Social Justice, Master of Arts in Communication, and Master of Science in Digital Media. She can be reached by calling  502.272.8271 or via email at

James Standard, M.A.

James StandardSenior Graduate Admission Officer
James is the primary contact for the Master of Business Administration (Weeknight, Weekend, and Executive) Master of Health Science (Medical Laboratory Science, Respiratory Therapy, Healthcare Leadership, and Health Promotion & Social Change), Master of Science in Athletic Training, and the Accounting Certificate programs. He meets with and assists prospective students in the admission process for these programs. He graduated from Bellarmine with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Communication in 2012 and received a Master of Arts in Communication in 2018. He can be reached at 502.272.8351 or