Northwest Mississippi Community College Housing and Campus Life Director Aime Anderson has been named dean of Students, according to college officials. In her new role, Anderson will be responsible for housing, student conduct, dining and food services and educational programming for students and the Northwest community regarding safety, security, relationships, cultural awareness and substance abuse.
“We are trying to restructure the Student Services area to meet some of the current and new challenges we are facing today. Over the past decade and a half, we have grown dramatically as a college and we now have virtual programs, dual enrollment and a wave of new expectations coming down from the government regarding violence and gender issues, and from our accrediting agencies in regard to better linking the work of Student Services to the learning outcomes of the institution. We looked at Aime’s role as Housing and Campus Life director and decided to expand her role to help us meet these challenges,” said Dan Smith, vice president for Student Services and chief of staff.
Anderson came to Northwest in July 2006 as assistant director of Housing and Campus Life and was promoted to director in January 2008. She has also served as the co-sponsor for the college’s Rangerette dance team, and choreographer for the student show choir, The Entertainers. Anderson has taught the Leadership Development course since January 2008.
Anderson began her career in higher education at Mississippi State University as a residence hall director. She served as director of student housing and residential services at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana, after working at the University for several years as an area coordinator and interim assistant director of resident life. She also spent two years as a staffing coordinator at The Eastridge Group in San Diego. She earned a Bachelor of Science in home economics education and a Master of Science in counseling with an emphasis in higher education from Mississippi State University. As an undergraduate, Anderson served as a resident assistant and orientation leader.
Anderson is a member of the Association of College and University Housing Officers- International, the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers and the Mississippi Association of Housing Officers. She served as president of the Louisiana Association of Housing Officers in 2003-2004, and secretary of the Mississippi Association of Housing Officers in 2009.
Smith stated that Anderson would continue to be supported by full-time employees Ed Carroll, assistant director of Campus Life and Housing and Suzanne Geeslin, coordinator of housing operations. He said Student Services has also hired two full-time residence life coordinators who will live on campus and be able to support the college’s residence supervisors through problem solving, counseling and leadership. “These are salaried professionals who are living in the environment, knowing what is happening and being able to provide that steady leadership,” Anderson said.
Smith also noted that the two positions were upgraded from two retired residence supervisor positions. “We have a commitment to be cost –effective, so we did not create any new positions in this reorganization of Student Services. In creating the residence life coordinators, we want to update our staffing so as to best meet the needs of our housing students. Among community colleges, we have the second largest residential population in Mississippi, and one of the largest in the mid-south,” Smith said.
Anderson and her husband Blaine live in Hernando with their sons Coby, 17, a senior at the Mississippi School for Math and Science and Luke, 13, an eighth grade student at Hernando Middle School. They attend Holy Spirit Catholic Church where Anderson previously served as a Religious Education instructor and is currently on the Pastoral Council.
For more information about the college’s programs and housing, visit the website at www.northwestms.edu.
Story by LaJuan Tallo, Communications Assistant