Centre College is known, both locally and nationwide, as a premier employer. In 2012, the College was recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a top-30 Great College to Work For. This year, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine echoes that sentiment: Centre has been named a top-30 Promising Place to Work in Student Affairs.
The ranking comes from a partnership between Diverse and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), which conducted a national study with help from the Center for Inclusion, Diversity & Academic Success (IDEAS) at Ohio State University.
The study focused on workplace diversity, staffing practices and work environment, using a web-based survey method to measure family friendliness, salary/benefits and professional development opportunities among various institutions.
Centre made the cut as one of the top-30 most promising places to work in student affairs, a fact which Vice President and Dean of Student Life Randy Hays (right) has experienced personally.
“When I started at Centre over 20 years ago, I figured I’d be here for five to 10 years,” he explains. “Now, it’s hard to imagine working anywhere else. The Student Life Office is a great place to work, with colleagues dedicated to creating a supportive yet educational extracurricular experience for our students.
“We communicate well with one another, and understand our role in the mission of the College,” he continues. “We challenge each other to grow professionally and encourage each other to take care of ourselves, creating an environment where we work hard and have fun.”
This cooperative, creative and communal work environment in Centre’s Student Life Office is vital to the Centre experience for each and every student, something President John A. Roush values immensely.
“The Centre education is holistic—training mind, body and spirit,” Roush explains. “What we offer our students outside of the classroom and off the playing fields are extraordinary experiences that complement their acquisition of knowledge. As a result, our graduates are well-rounded young men and women who are eagerly recruited by employers and accepted in high numbers for advanced study.
“Much credit goes to Randy Hays and his talented team,” he continues, “for their role in training our students to make a difference for good in their own lives and those of others.”
By Mariel Smith