Chris Wolfgang, Director
B.A., The College of Wooster, Political Science
M.A., Adelphi University, Psychology
Hailing from the same sleepy little town as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Conrad Richter, Chris spent the better part of his 20’s in an ‘89 Corolla, exploring 49 of the 50 states (Alaska and New Mexico are his favorites) before running out of gas in Des Moines, Iowa and remaining in town for a ten-month dose of Midwestern hospitality. After brief stints living in California, Maryland and New York, Chris finally settled in Philadelphia, where he lives in the East Falls neighborhood with his wife Catie, a Ph.D. candidate in Temple’s Urban Education program. He has enjoyed a variety of roles at Temple since joining the university in 2003, and in February, 2009, reunited with his first love, the CLA advising center, to serve as director. Chris also serves as membership chair for Temple’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and is a proud member of the National Academic Advising Association.
Favorite books: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; High Fidelity by Nick Hornby; Independence Day by Richard Ford; The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell; Moneyball by Michael Lewis; and Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris.
Advising interests: Retention, developmental advising, and student outreach initiatives.
Anar P. Khandvala, Associate Director
B.A., Temple University, Psychology
M.Ed., Temple University, Educational Administration
Anar was born in the bustling city of Mumbai, India, but she has spent most of her life in the outskirts of Philadelphia. She had a love for Temple engrained in her at an early age, as several of her family members (including her mother and sister) are Temple alums. As an undergraduate student at Temple, Anar worked as a peer advisor in the Division of University Studies and realized then that higher education was her true calling. Anar has found it quite impossible to leave Temple, earning her Master’s degree here while continuing to serve in a variety of advising roles. It could truly be said that she bleeds cherry and white. She is very happy to have a home at Temple, and she hopes to remain with the Temple family for years to come.
Favorite books: Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling; Unaccustomed Earth and The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.
Advising interests: First year college experiences, developmental advising and student outreach initiatives.
Keesa Bond, Assistant Director
B.A., University of Georgia, Art History
M.A., New York University, Arts Administration
Originally from Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, Keesa comes to Philadelphia by way of Ohio, Georgia, New York, and California. In addition to travelling to multiple destinations in the US, including one cross-country adventure spanning eleven states, she developed a taste for life abroad when she got the opportunity to study art history and the humanities during an all-too-brief semester at Oxford University. While working toward her Master’s degree in Arts Administration at New York University, Keesa served as a Graduate Assistant for the M.F.A. Studio program. She credits this experience as a defining moment in her career. As she quickly realized, she preferred the company of students to the inanimate art objects she would be expected to handle in an art museum. Previously an Admissions Counselor in New York and an Internship Coordinator in Philadelphia, Keesa comes to Temple with an enthusiasm for helping students meet their academic and professional goals. Her interests include gallery hopping, live performances, tech related stuff and gadgets, playing fetch with Oscar the dog, and attempting to keep up with friends on both coasts.
Favorite books: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulkagov, What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng by Dave Eggers, Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut, Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie, Art in Theory 1900-1990: An Anthology of Changing Ideas by Charles Harrison and Paul Wood.
Advising interests: Academic and professional development, and graduate school planning.
Megan Zak, Student Services Coordinator
B.A., Temple University, Political Science
Before Megan joined the CLA team as the Student Services Coordinator in January 2016, she was previously a Peer Advisor for the Center for Academic Advising & Professional Development for two and a half years. A very proud alumn, Megan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Temple University (in just three and a half years!) in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in History, and she soon plans to pursue a Master of Public Policy to get more involved with her passion for ending poverty in a city-wide capacity. During her undergraduate studies, Megan had many internship and work experiences, volunteering and working for Project HOME, participating in the 2014 Mayor’s Internship Program, and interning as a Policy Analyst with the City of Philadelphia. She strongly encourages all Temple students to participate in internships, especially after the great experiences that she has had. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, volunteering, and much more. Megan is also a diehard Temple Basketball fan, always cheering on the Owls from Section 107!
Favorite Books: Ethnographies on social policy and inequality, any historical fiction novels, and of course, the Harry Potter series
Advising Interests: Graduation, Professional Development, Internships, Change of Program