Elizabeth Higgins Ed.D.

Director of Academic Advising
Elizabeth Higgins

Office Location

137 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland


207-780-4040 / Direct: 207-780-4632


Advisees may make appointments with Beth at

Elizabeth Higgins has been working in the field of advising for 20 years with prior experience in summer session, financial aid and student development.  Currently she is the Director of Advising & Academic Resources at the University of Southern Maine.  In this role she is involved with retention and persistence initiatives as well as having managerial oversight for the Advising Centers, Disability Services Center, Veteran's Services and Learning Support.  Other areas of responsibility include enrollment management and strategic planning activities.  Higgins is also a Reiki Master, Global Career Development Facilitator and holds a certificate in MBTI Step I and II. 

Beth has been active in NACADA at the regional and national levels. In addition to being a board member and faculty at the Assessment Institute, Beth has facilitated presentations and has been conference co-chair, evaluation chair, volunteer chair, Maine state coordinator and an investigator for a student persistence and success grant.  She has contributed to the NACADA Clearinghouse of Academic Advising Resources, chair of the Commission for Undecided and Exploratory Students and has been a member of the Commission and Interest Group Steering Committee.

Beth pronounces her name: beth HIH-guhnz