Meet the Honors College Staff 

Dr. MotleyDr. Clay Motley, Honors College Director
Reed Hall, 155
239-590-7440 | 

As Honors College Director, it is a joy to work with students, faculty, and staff to help students make the most of their FGCU experience and achieve their long-term goals.  I am originally from Richmond, KY with degrees in English from the University of South Carolina (Ph.D.), Eastern Kentucky University (MA), and the University of Kentucky (BA).  My primary area of research is the culture of the American South, particularly its music, literature, and religion.  I am currently writing a book on the music history of Clarksdale, Mississippi.  I love spending time with my family and exploring the natural beauty of Southwest Florida.  


Dr. Galen PapkovDr. Galen Papkov, Interim Honors College Associate Director

Whitaker Hall 205

239-590-1262 |





Greg McManusDr. Greg McManus, Interim Director, Office of Competitive Fellowships

Seidler Hall 438

239-590-1469 |

As the Interim Director of the Office of Competitive Fellowships, I educate the campus community about competitive scholarships/fellowships. I work with faculty and staff to mentor our students to be strong applicants for these scholarships/fellowships. I am originally from Prince Edward Island, Canada and I received a B.S. (Honours) in Chemistry from the University of Prince Edward Island. I then pursued my graduate studies at the University of South Florida where I obtained a Ph.D. in Chemistry before joining FGCU as a faculty member in chemistry. My research involves the design and synthesis of innovative sustainable materials and the success of my research group relies heavily on undergraduate research students. In my spare time, I enjoy disc golf, bowling, watching sports, and spending time with my wife and dogs.


Madison RayMadison Ray, Coordinator of Programming

Reed Hall 163 

239-745-4429 |

Born and raised in Virginia, I received my Bachelor's in Communication Studies in 2016 from The University of Virginia's College at Wise. In 2018, I received my Master's in Professional Communication and Leadership from Georgia Southern University in Savannah, GA. As a student I was involved in the Honors Program, various honor societies, Graduate Student Council, and worked as a Graduate Assistant developing a peer-education program. As Coordinator of Programming, I focus on event management, community building, and marketing. My academic interests are communication studies, undergraduate research, and leadership development. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, fishing, visiting the beach, exercising, thrift shopping, and cooking.  



Tracie BeckTracie Beck, Administrative Assistant
Reed Hall, 155
239-745- 4267 | 

Being a member of the Honors College team has been such as great experience.  As Office Manager, I do work typically behind the scenes:  maintaining the Honors budget, organizing travel for faculty and students, as well as managing the Honors Development Grants.  I came to southwest Florida from southwest Pennsylvania, where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with a Minor in Leadership Studies from California University of Pennsylvania, where I was also Director of the Internship Center.  It was there that I found my passion – working with and helping students reach their potential academically as well as professionally, which is why I am so happy to be here at FGCU working with our outstanding students. 


Yaritza LopezYaritza Lopez, Program Assistant

Reed Hall, 155

239-590-7490 I 


I have been involved with Honors at FGCU as a student since I began my undergraduate studies in 2012. Now, I am excited to be the Program Assistant for the Honors College and see Honors from a completely opposite perspective. I love being the point-person of Honors because it allows me to meet so many creative, kind, perseverant Honors students. I completed my B.A. in Journalism and minor in French in 2016, and have been involved in many different departments on campus: I was an Admissions Representative and Tour Guide, a writer for Eagle News Newspaper, a reporter for WGCU Broadcast Station, and a receptionist for the Lutgert College of Business Advising office. In my spare time, I love being outdoors, running, traveling, and spending time with family.