UNCW Names Jaime Russell Director of Office for Student Leadership & Engagement

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has named Jaime Russell as the director of the Office for Student Leadership & Engagement (OSLE). Russell, who had served as the assistant director of OSLE, assumed the role on July 6. She replaces Sonja Ardoin, who served as director for the past three years.

Russell has a broad background in student affairs including adult learning, residence life, living and learning programs and student leadership and engagement. Her experiences include working as a coordinator of residence life at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College and as the assistant director of living-learning communities at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. She joined UNCW in January 2012.

“Jaime is an exceptional hire for this position. She brings a steadfast focus on student leadership development, a creative approach to implementing leadership and engagement programs and opportunities, and is an excellent manager and educator,” said Mike Walker, associate vice chancellor and dean of students. “I think she will be highly successful in her new capacity as director.”

In her new role, Russell is responsible for coordinating a comprehensive student leadership program and expanding engagement, community service and volunteer experiences for students through innovative, collaborative partnerships with the campus, community and national constituents. She has volunteered with non-profits all over the U.S. and works locally with a number of agencies in order to identify opportunities for students to lead and serve in the Wilmington community. Russell has served as UNCW’s representative for both the North Carolina Campus Compact and the NASPA Lead Initiative, she is a trained StrengthsFinder facilitator, and she has presented at regional and national conferences. In 2014, Russell was the recipient of the Division of Student Affairs Service Award.

“I have had the privilege of calling UNCW my home for the past three and a half years, so I couldn’t be more excited about moving into this new role and seeing all of the great things we will do together as an institution and as a community in the coming years,” Russell said. “I am fully committed to our office vision of transforming individuals and communities through authentic and intentional engagement, leadership and service.”

Russell received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her Master of Arts in student personnel services from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She is a doctoral student in the higher education concentration of the Educational Leadership program at UNCW Watson College of Education.