Search for directors of housing, Greek Life planned to begin soon

By Joseph Ryan

Administration editor

Search committees are being formed for the recruitment and screening of applicants for three available administrative positions at Eastern.

One of the available positions, director of university housing and dining services, is held by Bill Schnakel, who has recently accepted a job as the director of administration within the department of university residence halls at Purdue University in Indiana.

“We would like to see you stay but we wish you well,” said Eastern President Carol Surles at Monday’s Board of Trustee’s meeting.

After Schnakel’s last day at Eastern, Feb. 15, all of the housing and dining responsibilities will be divided up into three areas until a replacement is hired.

Dining concerns will remain under the direction of Jody Horn, director of Panther Dining. Everything dealing with residence life will be taken care of by Judy Stone, assistant director of student housing. All other aspects of the position will be taken over by Mark Shaklee, associate director of student housing.

“Our committee plans to meet in the first full week of February. We are still waiting for appointments to be filled,” said Shirley Stewart, associate vice president for student affairs, and chair of the search committee for director of University Housing and Dining.

“An advertisement will run in the Chronicle of Higher Education for two weeks starting in February and then we will start reviewing candidates on Feb. 26,” Stewart said.

The position of director for Greek Life is temporarily being filled by Robert Dudolski, assistant director of greek affairs and student life. The position was previously held by Rebecca Marushak, who has since moved to Arizona.

The director of Greek Life search committee will be chaired by Lynette Drake, director of health service.

The position of associate director of Panther Dining is temporarily being filled by Dara Miller, associate director of student housing. The position was previously held by Anne Sidwell, who retired about two months ago, according to Director of Student Housing Bob Wilczynski, chair of the search committee for associate director of Panther Dining.

“The committee has not met yet, but we are scheduled to start reviewing applications on Feb. 23. We are currently accepting applications until that date,” Wilczynski said.

Search committees for open positions must adhere to the Internal Governing Policy No. 12, which states committees must be formed with representatives from the different groups within the university.

The associate director of panther dining reports to the director of residence hall dining service, supervises the five assistant directors and is involved with planning, customer relations, financial management, computer application, sanitation and marketing, according to the position statement.

The position requires a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree in restaurant, hotel and institutional management, dietetics, foods and nutrition in business or equivalent and six to eight years of experience in a senior administrative/ management position in food service.

The position of director of Greek Life is responsible for the coordination, supervision and administration of Greek Life. The director will interpret and enforce university policies as they apply to the 26 Greek chapters and their living units.

A master’s degree with documented experience working with Greek Life programs and services is required for the position, according to the position announcement.

The director of university housing and dining services is responsible for a budget of $22 million, 200 civil service and professional staff, more than 900 student employees, housing for 5,000 students consisting of 14 residence halls, nine on-campus Greek Houses that house 19 Greek Chapters and 300 apartments, according to position announcement.

A minimum of a master’s degree and six years of progressive experience in housing with at least three years experience as an assistant director, associate director or director of housing is required for the position.