New student affairs structure saves $30K
Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2013 22:02
Miami University Division of Student Affairs will make changes to its departmental positions to save approximately $30,000.
Scott Walter, assistant vice president of Student Affairs, made the decision to reposition within Student Affairs after Katie Wilson, former director of student engagement, became the new director of Armstrong Student Center Jan. 2.
“Saving money is a by-product…” Walter said. “We are repositioning responsibilities to fit our needs for the next five to 10 years.”
The reason behind rearranging was to find somebody to resume Wilson’s prior responsibilities, according to Walter.
“The trigger started when Dr. Wilson got the job, which left her old position vacant,” Walter said. “Do I fill it, or do I do a slightly different structure?”
Instead of hiring another director for Wilson’s previous position of director of student engagement, Walter made the decision to name Jenny Levering as the director of Greek life and student activities. Levering was formerly the director of Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
According to Levering, consolidation in this area makes sense.
“Student Activities and Greek Life are doing the same things: more student organization support and training, and advisor support and training,” Levering said.
Plans have been made to hire two entry-level Greek Life staff members by this summer. The positions will be posted within the next couple of weeks, according to Levering. These staff members will provide support for student organizations, Greek life, leadership development and assessments.
Reorganization within Student Affairs will prepare the staff for the move into Armstrong Student Center. The Student Affairs offices will be centrally located in the same suite.
More repositioning has also taken place within the Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute.
Eric Buller, director of Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute, has arranged the organizational change within the institute.
“Wilks should be a central hub for leadership development in terms of student affairs,” Buller said.
U-Lead, LeaderShape, Perlmutter Leadership Conference and Sigma Alpha Pi, The National Society of Leadership and Success, have been shifted over from Student Activities to Wilks.
One of the two graduate assistants working in Student Affairs transferred to Wilks in order to help with the added responsibilities.