Cara  Blakes
Assistant Director
Academic Affairs
Career Development Center
217 Beeson Hall

Cara Blakes joined Samford in January 2023, bringing over a decade of counseling experience in higher education and in private practice. Cara has served in a variety of roles within Academic and Student Affairs departments at private and public universities in Alabama, helping students to maintain their overall well-being while achieving academic success.
Cara was a student-athlete throughout her undergraduate years at the University of Montevallo, and she later received a Master’s in Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Cara is a National Board Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Alabama. In the Career Development Center, Cara helps students with writing resumes and cover letters, along with a variety of additional career success-related assistance. She also coordinates the Teacher Interview Day in collaboration with the Orlean Beeson School of Education.