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Student Affairs and Academic Support

Professional Development Team

The Professional Development Program is coordinated by a team of employees from offices and departments across Student Affairs and Academic Support. Together, they are responsible for developing programs that meet the needs of staff at every career level and for producing events for audiences of 10 to 400.

PD Team members represent all units of the division and come from a variety of positions, knowledge areas and experiences. They typically serve two-year appointments.



 Morgan Ruebusch, Co-chair

Title: Assistant Director for Gamecock Gateway, Student Success Center

Jessie McNevin, Co-chair

Title: Assistant Director for Student Engagement, Office of Sustainability

Jamie Ayres

Title: Coordinator for Leadership and Student Organizations, Leadership and Service Center

Julie Boyken

Title: Outreach and Assessment Coordinator, Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning

Molly Dunn

Title: Associate Director for Peer Leadership and Student Well-Being, Healthy Campus Initiatives

Lauren Emiliani

Title: Coordinator for Gamecock Entertainment, Russell House University Union

Roderick Howell

Title:  Director of Facility Operations, University Housing

Ryan Kelly

Title: Network Manager, Student Affairs and Academic Support Information Technology

Haley Robinson, Student Personnel Association Representative

Title: Graduate Assistant for Education Abroad, Global Carolina

Nigel Smith

Title: Manager for Graduate Student Advising, Career Center

Employees are eligible to serve on the PD Team if they:

  • are employed by the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support
  • have served at least one year in their current role.

Successful members of the PD Team possess the following:

  • excellent organization skills
  • the ability to carry out multiple tasks at once
  • good communication and people skills
  • a creative approach to problem-solving
  • strong attention to detail
  • the ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.

Members of the PD Team enjoy:

  • opportunities to develop and enhance skills
  • increased connection with campus resources
  • opportunities for professional growth and progress toward career goals
  • increased sense of belonging.


Applications for the 2024-2025 PD Team are now closed.

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