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Dr. Ernest E. Jeffries

Vice President of Student Engagement

Dr. Ernest E. Jeffries

Dr. Ernest Jeffries serves as the Vice President of Student Engagement. As the chief student affairs officer, Dr. Jeffries provides leadership to the Division of Student Engagement which includes the areas of Residence Life & Housing, Community Standards & Title IX, Student Activities, First-Year Experience & Student Support, Public Safety & Security, Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG), Health and Counseling Services, Dining Services, and Athletics.

Dr. Ernest E. Jeffries started his career at the University of Tennessee as Residence Hall Director. He then served as Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Development and Director of Minority Affairs at Western Carolina University. Following that, he did a 20-year tenure at Davidson College during which he held various roles and titles including Assistant/Associate Dean of Student Life; Chief Judicial Officer where he served in the Title IX process; and he created the framework for a multicultural affairs office and then served as Director of Multicultural Affairs from 1996 to 2011. Most recently in his role as Associate Dean, Jeffries was responsible for the administration of judicial affairs, multicultural affairs, academic access and disability resources, academic support, student retention programs, and technology resources.

His professional affiliations include the Southern Association of College Student Affairs, the Association on Higher Education and Disability, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the Association of Student Conduct Administrators, and the Phi Mu Alpha and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternities.

Education

D.Min., United Theological Seminary
M.Div, Hood Theological Seminary
M.Ed., University of South Carolina
B.A., University of South Carolina

Strengths Finders Talent Themes
  1. Belief
  2. Responsibility
  3. Activator
  4. Context
  5. Analytical

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Darren Jones

Associate Vice President of Student Engagement

Darren Jones

Darren Jones serves as the Associate Vice President of Student Engagement.  In this capacity, he provides direct oversight for Residence Life & Housing, Student Activities, Community Standards & Title IX, and First-Year Experience & Student Support.  He also oversees the divisional assessment and evaluation processes, leave of absence/withdrawal process, and co-chairs the student support team, behavioral intervention team, and retention committee.

Darren began his career as an assistant program coordinator for Greek Life at George Washington University, where he assisted with the organization and execution of Greek Life programming and designed major event programming for the Multicultural Greek Council. From there, he moved on to successful roles within student engagement at Purdue University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Morehouse College.  His roles range in areas in student affairs including orientation, learning communities, retention programs, student life/activities, greek life, intervention services, residential life, and leadership development programs He comes to Mary Baldwin from Bucknell University, where he served as associate dean of students for living, learning, and leadership responsible for fraternity & sorority affairs, first-year experience, residential education, housing services, card services & student transit, and leadership programs.

As a Gallup-certified strengths coach, Darren leads the Empowered to Purse (EtP) retention plan which integrates a strengths-based approach to student engagement and support and transforms the university into a strengths-based organization.

Education

Ed.D. (in progress), The University of Georgia

M.A., The George Washington University

B.A., The University of Virginia

Strengthsfinders Talent Themes
  1. Strategic
  2. WOO
  3. Activator
  4. Communication
  5. Belief

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Mary Barker

Executive Assistant to the VP of Student Engagement

Mary Barker

Strengthsfinders Talent Themes
  1. Input
  2. Adaptability
  3. Responsibility
  4. Includer
  5. Connectedness

 

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Sarah Koerner

Student Engagement Office Manager

Sarah Koerner

Strengthsfinders Talent Themes
  1. Empathy
  2. Input
  3. Context
  4. Strategic
  5. WOO

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Amber Ocasio

Director of Student Activities

Amber Ocasio

Amber Ocasio serves as the Director of Student Activities. In this capacity she advises the following clubs and organizations: Baldwin Program Board, Appropriations Committee, Inter-Club Council, Sophomore Class Officers, Senior Class Officers, Election Board and SOULS. She also serves as the Faculty Secretary for Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society. Interested in starting a new club or serving in a Student Government Association leadership position? Stop by Kable House 113A and Amber will gladly assist you with creating your ideal Mary Baldwin leadership journey.

Education:

M.S. (in progress), Mary Baldwin University

B.A., Mary Baldwin University

Strengthsfinders Talent Themes
  1. Adaptability
  2. Deliberative
  3. Strategic
  4. Responsibility
  5. Consistency

 

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Joy Brittain, Ed.D

Director of First Year Experience & Student Support

Joy Brittain, Ed.D

Strengthsfinders Talent Themes
  1. Connectedness
  2. Achiever
  3. Learner
  4. Responsibility
  5. Belief

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Ericka Jackson

Director of Community Standards & Title IX Coordinator

Ericka Jackson

Strengthsfinders Talent Themes
  1. Relator
  2. Strategic
  3. Learner
  4. Restorative
  5. Self Assurance

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Sarah Martin

Director of Residence Life & Housing

Sarah Martin

Strengthsfinders Talent Themes
  1. Responsibility
  2. Input
  3. Relator
  4. Analytical
  5. Restorative

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Omari Miller

Assistant Director of Residence Life and Housing

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Tracy Hiner

Director of Dining Services

Tracy Hiner

Tracy Hiner started his career at the Highland Inn as a cook at the age of 15.  He then joined the U.S. Navy for over six years as a culinary specialist first serving on the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis where he facilitated numerous food service events for the crew and visiting guests/dignitaries.  After the Navy, Tracy came home to the valley as the Dining Services Manager/Executive Chef at The Inn at Old Virginia.  Tracy was introduced to college dining at Bridgewater College and joined Mary Baldwin University in 2005 as the Assistant Director/Executive Chef.  Tracy has served as Director of Dining Services since 2011.  “I thrive on fostering a team and positive atmosphere that allows us to make students and guests happy through great food, service, and personal attention.”

Education:

B.A., Mary Baldwin University

A.A.S., Johnson & Wales University

Certified Food Management Professional (National Restaurant Association)

Certified in nutrition (National Restaurant Association)

Certified safe food manager (ANSI)

Strengthsfinders Talent Themes
  1. Achiever
  2. Self Assurance
  3. Responsibility
  4. Focus
  5. Futuristic

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Thomas "Tom" Byerly

Director of Safety & Security

Thomas "Tom" Byerly

Tom Byerly is the Director of Safety and Security.  In his position he oversees the daily operations of the Campus Safety Office to ensure that the office is providing a safe and secure living, learning and working environment for all Mary Baldwin students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Tom enjoyed a 26 year career as a Police Officer serving the Staunton, VA community.  At the time of his retirement he was a Shift Commander with 15 years of supervisory experience.

Education:

B.S., Eastern Mennonite University;

A.A., Community College of Allegheny County

Member of the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
Strengthsfinders Talent Themes:
  1. Analytical
  2. Responsibility
  3. Consistency
  4. Deliberative
  5. Connectedness

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Nadia Kuley, Ph.D.

Director of Counseling & Psychological Services

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Erin Marley

Nurse Practitioner

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Thomas Byrnes

Director of Athletics

Thomas Byrnes

Byrnes has built strong personal and professional relationships with coaches, student-athletes, officials, and administrators throughout his career.

Byrnes’ background encompasses NCAA Divisions I, II, and III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), as well as committee work for the NCAA, Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), and others. For more than 30 years, Byrnes has participated in soccer, basketball, baseball, and softball at the collegiate and scholastic level as an official. He also served on the CoSIDA Academic All-America Committee for 25 years.

“I believe my experience in a variety of roles as an administrator will help as we build programs, facilities, and staffing models that focus on the university’s mission and are grounded in the philosophy of NCAA Division III athletics,” Byrnes said. “My main goal is to provide a strong, competitive, well-rounded athletics and recreation program for MBU students and, specifically, student-athletes.”

Byrnes will provide leadership for all aspects of MBU’s Athletics Department including strategic planning, program and staff development, resource management, athletics and recreational activities, and ensuring compliance with NCAA, USA South, Title IX, and university policies.

Education

M.S., Shippensburg University

B.A., Shippensburg University