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Jaime Russell Selected for NASPA Alice Manicur Symposium

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Jaime Russell ’16 Ed.D., director of the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement at UNCW, was among a group of 70 professionals from colleges and universities across the country selected to participate in the 2018 NASPA Alice Manicur Symposium.

The symposium, held Jan. 21 to 24 in San Diego, is designed for women at the middle management level considering a move to become vice presidents of student affairs.

“This was a great leadership development opportunity,” Russell said. “Topics included strategic thinking and leading change, as well as planning for career advancement. I learned a lot from the faculty leads and other participants representing a range of institutions from small private colleges and professional schools to large universities.”

Russell is originally from Erie, Pennsylvania. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in college counseling, both from Edinboro University. She worked in residence life at Penn State Behrend for four years and Slippery Rock University for more than five years before assuming the role of assistant director in the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement at UNCW in 2012. She became OSLE director in 2015.

The SLE Office advises 30 fraternities and sororities at UNCW, offers student leadership conferences and workshops, and helps connect students across campus to volunteer opportunities in the community. Russell, who earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership with a specialization in higher education from the Watson College in 2016, also teaches LED-411, a Contemporary Leadership Applications course offered through WCE’s Leadership Studies minor program.

“At Slippery Rock, I had an opportunity to work with living learning communities and to advise on alternative spring break trips. I loved it, and knew I wanted to work more closely with students,” Russell said. “I have found wonderful opportunities to help students engage in the community and develop their leadership skills here at UNCW.”

NASPA is a professional organization representing student affairs administrators in higher education.