Since Kathleen Drake’s departure as Associate Director of Campus Life, the Office of Campus Life has been working to restructure her position. One year later, the office is finally looking to hire a replacement.
According to Director of Campus Life Craig Southern, the job will require working with Resident Advisors on training and development at the beginning of the school year and also focus on day-to-day work with RAs. The Associate Director will also be required to focus more closely on Greek life.
According to senior Marisol Gonzalez, who served as Panhellenic Council president this year, having someone really focus on Greek life will be highly beneficial to the Greek community. In the last year, Assistant Director of the Career Center Krista Nelson has taken over as Greek advisor along with her position in the Career Center.
“Krista doesn’t just have the job of helping us. She has a lot of other stuff to do, so I think it’s a huge weight on her to do the Greek advisor job and everything else she does,” Gonzalez said. She and Nelson worked together this year to make sure Greek life was still running smoothly.
The job involves a lot of late nights and early mornings, especially around Recruitment, Gonzalez said.
Knox also has a different Greek system that a new director should be aware of.
“One of the main things is being open to the way that our system is different and also just being helpful, being someone you can come to, trustworthy and friendly, but also knowing how our system works. And if the job could be more focused on Greek stuff, that would be better,” Gonzalez said.
Campus Life recently finished phone interviews with applicants and hopes to bring three candidates to campus. A committee comprised of two student senators, two RAs, Associative Professor of Philsophy Brandon Polite, Chair of Dance Jennifer Smith and Staff Counselor Allison Schieferle Uhlenbrock will also be reviewing the candidates. Southern would like the candidates to meet with RAs, the Greek community and general campus.
“We want input from anyone who’d like to give input,” Southern said.
Southern expressed excitement in the search process and interest in finding a director who’s familiar with a liberal arts environment.
“What I’m particularly looking at … is someone who has both experiences with residence life and Greek life and who feels comfortable in a liberal arts environment,” he said. “In other words, a lot of student contact and opportunities to create, but at the same time know when to say ‘no this isn’t working, let’s go to a different thing.’”