Loyola University Maryland

Office of Student Support and Wellness Promotion

About Us

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The office of student support and wellness promotion facilitates student retention within the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis. We are committed to supporting students who face personal and substance use-related challenges by providing opportunities for spiritual, emotional, physical, educational, professional, and social growth. We help students leverage available resources and stay focused on their success by initiating and sustaining collaborative relationships with our community partners.



Seton Court 02B

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Mary Beth Mudric, Ph.D.



Mary Beth joined the Loyola University Maryland community in 2004 and served as the director of student support services since 2007.  Prior to coming to Loyola, Mary Beth spent 10 years at The Johns Hopkins University Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit. Mary Beth earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheeling Jesuit University, her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland, and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Education Policy, Planning, and Administration, from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Zachary Hitchens, M.S., LGADC, NCC

Assistant Director


Zachary Hitchens has a Master of Science in college counseling from Shippensburg University and is a Licensed Graduate Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Maryland, and a National Certified Counselor. He earned a B.A. from Gettysburg College. Before coming to Loyola, he worked as a mental health counselor at Lewis University providing individual and group counseling services to undergraduate students and developed, implemented, and coordinated drug and alcohol education, prevention, and outreach and was co-leader of the University's Campus Harm Reduction Committee that evaluated and unified University policies and programs in regard to drug and alcohol abuse. Mr. Hitchens has also provided drug and alcohol and other mental health services to undergraduates at York College and Shippensburg University from 2009-2011. 

Danielle Avent, MBA

Administrative Assistant


Danielle has been the administrative assistant at SSWP since 2009. Danielle earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Southern New Hampshire University, and her Bachelors degree from Morgan State University.  Danielle is a Baltimore native, she enjoys watches movies in her spare time, and has an infectious laugh.