WMU News

Two new student affairs staff posts filled

Feb. 19, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Two new staff members have been named in the WMU Division of Student Affairs.

Jodie G. Palmer has been named to a new assistant director position in the Center for Student Learning and Development within the Division of Multicultural Affairs and Sharon Seabrook Russell has been named to the recently created position of director of business operations in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

In her new position, Palmer is helping oversee a variety of growing DMA initiatives. Her duties include planning, directing, evaluating and monitoring student trends at WMU, with specific responsibility for enrollment management and retention. She also tracks the academic progress of Native American and underrepresented students, collaborates with the Office of Admissions and Orientation's Native American recruiter, and creates conditions and environments that enhance student learning and personal development.

Palmer brings more than 17 years of related work experience to her WMU post, most recently having served as project supervisor for the Kalamazoo Public Schools' Indian Education Program.

In addition to managing daily office operations, supervising support staff and numerous other duties for the Division of Student Affairs, Russell is responsible for coordinating grant-writing activities and directing outreach and service activities, including those related to fund raising and scholarships.

Russell came to WMU as the Department of Theatre's business manager and publicist in 1990 and has been an assistant director in the Office of Alumni Relations since 1994.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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