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April 29, 2005

Two internal candidates among finalists for residence post

by Annette Hacker

Four finalists are interviewing on campus this week in the search for a new department of residence director. They are:

  • Virginia (Ginny) Arthur, associate director of residence life, Iowa State
  • Pete Englin, dean of students, Iowa State
  • Jane Grassadonia, director of residence education, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
  • Jim Zentmeyer, associate director of residence life, Bowling Green State University, Ohio

Grassadonia interviewed on campus April 25-26, and Englin April 26-27. Zentmeyer is interviewing April 27-28 and Arthur April 28-29. The interviews include public forums.

Former residence director Randy Alexander resigned from the post last June.

Arthur has served as associate director for residence life at Iowa State since 1996. She also has served as interim manager for administrative services in the department of residence since 2003. Arthur's previous roles in the department have included interim director of residence, assistant director of residence/director of Richardson Court and the Towers residence halls, and departmental coordinator of residence life. She is a past president of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International.

Englin is dean of students at Iowa State, a position he has held since 2000. Previously, Englin served as associate dean of students, coordinator of residence life, and marketing and conferences coordinator in the residence department. Englin is president-elect of the Iowa Student Personnel Association and a member of the Ames Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Grassadonia has served as director of residence education at Virginia Commonwealth University since 1993. Prior to that, she worked as an area director at the University of Maryland, College Park, and at the University of Rochester, N.Y. She also was a hall director at Eastern Washington University, Cheney. Grassadonia is a past president of the Virginia Association of College and University Housing Officers.

Zentmeyer has been associate director of residence life at Bowling Green State University since 1998. He also has served as area coordinator for residence operations at the University of Illinois, Chicago; associate dean of students for residence life at Wagner College, Staten Island, N.Y.; resident coordinator at West Chester University, Penn.; and administrative resident director at the State University of New York, Albany.

Public forums

  • Zentmeyer: 2-3 p.m. Thursday, April 28, Gallery, Memorial Union
  • Arthur: 2-3 p.m. Friday, April 29, Campanile Room, Memorial Union