My Dissertation Committee:
Dr. Rich Abel (Chair), Dr. Pat Rissmeyer, Dr. Scott Tierno, Dr. Peter Frost
Strength Quest Profile (Jan. 2011) - Signature Themes
I am currently the Executive Director of the Student Center & Student Affairs Specialist at Southern New Hampshire University. As a seasoned student affairs professional who has worked for 24 years in student activities and college union management, my passion is focused on the college union facility. I excel at contributing to the campus ecology by providing a welcoming environment for all campus constituents and visitors. My work has encompassed working on major campus transition programs, such as orientation, New Student Convocation, senior events, and Commencement. Also, I was instrumental with transitioning the Student Government Association from a fractured organization, to a vibrant non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that manages assets in excess of $1 million.
In addition to my work in student affairs, I am a strong advocate for modeling positive community involvement both inside and outside of the classroom. I have taught a First Year Student transition course, Freshman Experience and SNHU 101, where I facilitated new student transition from high school to college. I volunteer my time as a United Way volunteer by being a community builder as an allocations team member and annual campaign supporter. I have also been actively committed to my local community, acting as the Town Moderator in Candia NH for two years and serving on various town groups and committees.
In addition to my work and volunteer commitments, I defended my dissertation in partial fulfillment of my Doctor of Arts degree at Franklin Pierce University, which occurred on Friday, April 26, 2013, and resulted in completing my degree. My dissertation topic focuses on student retention on a college campus and the perception of campus facilities influence on retention.
I am a husband to a great partner, and father of two wonderful daughters. I enjoy music, especially big band, and I play the trumpet.