Michael Spivey


  • M.A., Counseling, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • M.A., Education and Human Development, George Washington University
  • B.A., History/Spanish, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Michael Spivey, a licensed clinical mental health counselor and national certified counselor, is the assistant director of counseling services at Lenoir-Rhyne. He joined LR in 2017 as a personal counselor until he was promoted to his current position in 2021. In his role, he assists in providing individual counseling and mental health psychoeducational programming and outreach services to both graduate and undergraduate level students at the Hickory campus. Spivey also consults with mental health professionals regarding student’s issues for referrals and appropriate care. Spivey is a certified professional facilitator emeritus and a certified Myers-Briggs type indicator administrator.

Since 2018, Spivey has also worked as an adjunct professor teaching courses, including a life and career planning course designed to assist students in preparing for the transition into the world of work or graduate life as well as a year-long First Year Experience course for incoming students. In addition, he enjoys the opportunity he has at Lenoir-Rhyne to engage with young adults in a university setting.

In 2019, Spivey received the Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award for his work with the Pride Club at Lenoir-Rhyne. This award recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions as the faculty/staff advisor of a student organization.

In 2018, he received the Jerry Shaw Excellence in Programming Award, designated to honor individuals who exemplify compassion and excellence in student programming.