With August drawing near, ABAC is seeking a new hire to revamp campus housing.
As it stands, Dr. Chris Kinsey is Director of Student Housing, but that title will soon disappear. A search is underway for a new employee, a Director of Housing Operations, to undertake more of the business end of ABAC housing, according to college leaders.
Kinsey will still play a dynamic role in student life as well as housing, but under the new title of Director of Residence Life. The new addition to ABAC’s staff will be concerned more with the condition of the dorms and apartments, as well as giving students the facilities that they expect.
John Clemens, the vice president for planning and operations, says, “A new emphasis is being put on the housing program because we have a lot of money invested in the facilities.”
“Investment” is the key term. As more attention and resources were focused on housing, there was an expectation that more students would choose to live at ABAC. By doing so, those students would help the school to grow.
Clements goes on to say that having good student life and facilities is a vital part of the college experience. By dividing those two concepts and, essentially, bringing in someone who will act as a specialist, the needs of both sides will be met and to a more satisfactory level.
Clemens is among a group of 12 who have enacted a new initiative to improve the housing and student life situation at ABAC. While the idea of revamping the state of housing sounds like a grandiose task, Clements assured The Stallion that it was only the beginning of an even more complex series of things to come to ABAC.
Among the goals of the group is to bring more retailers, such as Zaxby’s and Starbucks, on to campus. While at this point the group is not ruling anything out, at the same time nothing is definite. However, it all hinges on more students living at ABAC.
Clements says he is “encouraged.” While the state does offer funding to all colleges, with the current economical state of the education, attracting and satisfying students has become the main driving force for revenue at all schools.
According to materials sent out by the ABAC Department of Human Resources, the school hopes to hire the Director of Housing Operations by August 1.