Student Affairs Adds to Operations Leadership

Monday, March 02, 2020
Jackie Wilson, Ryan Brimberry, Seth Woodason

Taking new student affairs leadership roles are (from left) Jackie Wilson, associate dean of students for health and well-being; Ryan Brimberry, associate dean of student affairs; and Seth Woodason, director of sports and recreation facilities.

Rose-Hulman’s Office of Student Affairs has expanded leadership responsibilities to meet the growing demand of providing a holistic approach to ensuring student, health, personal development, and overall personal wellness. The internal staff changes were announced by Erik Hayes, vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

Jackie Wilson has added additional leadership responsibilities as associate dean of students for health and well-being. Ryan Brimberry has been promoted to associate dean of student affairs and Seth Woodason is the new director of sports and recreation facilities.

“Student affairs is an ever-evolving area in the college landscape and we’re expanding roles and responsibilities to provide the best experience for our students. Our students’ well-being is our primary concern,” Hayes says. “We’re fortunate to have experienced and qualified professionals already on our staff to handle these new and additional responsibilities.”

Wilson is overseeing student health, counseling and accessibility services. She also will develop and evaluate a multi-faceted campuswide wellness education program with key performance measures for students’ physical, emotional, psychological and overall well-being.

Wilson recently completed national certification in advanced threat assessment and will be bringing the best industry-standard procedures to the institute’s Rose Cares behavioral intervention team. She made a presentation at the 2020 Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education national conference, addressing the challenges of creating a new campus culture of wellness.

Living on campus to provide 24-hour on-call responsive care for students’ needs, Wilson has been a member of the Office of Student Affairs’ leadership since the fall of 2018. She joined the staff as associate dean of student affairs. Wilson previously spent 13 years in residence life leadership roles at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She also has been an assistant director of residence life at Earlham College (Ind.), where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English. She also has a master’s degree from Stanford University (Calif.) in higher education administration and policy analysis.

Meanwhile, Brimberry is overseeing residence life facilities, the Sports and Recreation Center, and student affairs’ capital projects. He also is supervising aspects of the institute’s Greek Life system and residential custodial stewards.

Brimberry has been a member of the Rose-Hulman staff since 2007 when he began serving as director of intramurals and club sports. He became assistant director for recreational sports and athletic facilities from 2012-15 and then director of the department before being promoted to associate dean of student affairs. He has experience in facilities management, staff supervision and motivation, and strategic planning. Since 2017, Brimberry has also served as the campus’ staff representative to the Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees and has been an investigator for the institute’s Title IX team since 2016.

He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sports management from Indiana State University. Brimberry is a former chairperson of Rose-Hulman’s United Way of the Wabash Valley campaign, a board member of P.I.N.K. of Terre Haute and YMCA of the Wabash Valley, and a member of several other campus committees.

As director of sports and recreational facilities, Woodason is overseeing the operation, maintenance, and scheduling of the Sports and Recreation Center and athletic facilities. He also is responsible for event management, staffing, budgeting and programming, and development of annual operation, capital and program budgets.

Woodason, a Terre Haute native, has been a member of the SRC staff since 2015. He formerly worked at athletic facilities for the University of Evansville (Ind.) and Gonzaga University (Wash.). He earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Harding University (Ark.) and a master’s degree in recreation and sport management from Indiana State.