Skinner Named Director of Residence Life

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Bruce Skinner of Chaffee, Mo., has been named director of Residence Life at Southeast Missouri State University.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 20, 2006 – Bruce Skinner of Chaffee, Mo., currently associate director for facilities and operations in the Office of Residence Life, has been named director of Residence Life at Southeast Missouri State University.

Skinner replaces Kelly Burris-Wesener who resigned in May to accept a position with Northern Illinois University. Skinner begins his new duties Oct. 1.

Skinner began his work in Residence Life at Southeast in 1994, when he served as a resident assistant. Since then, he has served Residence Life as a graduate assistant, a professional hall director, assistant director for facilities operations and now associate director for facilities and operations.

“I’ve had the good fortune of working in all areas of Residence Life,” he said. “Being named to this position means a great deal to me. I’m very excited about it.”

Dr. Debbie Below, director of admissions and enrollment management and to whom Skinner will report, said “Bruce Skinner clearly surfaced as the most qualified among the three finalists. We are delighted that Bruce accepted the position of director of Residence Life. Bruce possesses the skills, experience and desire to provide solid leadership and vision for the Office of Residence Life.”

Skinner says that in the months ahead, Residence Life will continue building on the establishment of learning communities for sophomores and juniors living in Southeast’s residence halls.

“We have the beginnings of them right now” for freshmen residents, he said, adding communities of freshmen who are honors students, teacher education students, those committed to wellness lifestyles, and those interested in living with international students have been created this year.

He said he is hoping that next spring, returning Southeast residence hall students will have the opportunity to register to live on academically themed floors for the fall 2007 semester.

Skinner says the Residence Life staff “is a quality group of people” and he is looking forward to working with them to implement many of their ideas. The director of Residence Life at Southeast is responsible for the direction, development and long-range planning of a comprehensive residence life department, including programs, policy and procedure, services, and budget and facility management of more than 2,400 students. 

In his current position at Southeast, he has managed $120 million in residence hall facilities and a Residence Life program operating budget of $25 million. He has been responsible for administering Southeast’s 13 residence halls housing more than 2,400 students in traditional, suite and apartment living communities. He also has supervised a campus-wide vending service program and other auxiliary revenue sources. He has been responsible for directing housing assignments, contract development, $2 million inventory management and budget development for the housing office. He also coordinates with the campus community to administer the summer camps and conferences program for 5,000 participants.

He has served as the head resident for Project Upward Bound, has been an adjunct instructor at Southeast and currently chairs the University’s Professional Staff Council. He has served on the University Academic Quality Improvement Program Accreditation Committee, the Opening Week Committee, the University Planning Committee, the University Grievance Committee, the University Mascot and Nickname Committee and has participated in a variety of University search processes.

Skinner has been a finalist for Southeast’s Young Alumni Merit Award and has completed Community Emergency Response Team training. He has been a member of the City of Cape Girardeau Capital Improvement Planning Committee and has served as a District 15 Missouri FBLA judge.

Skinner is currently completing a doctor of education degree from the University of Missouri. He holds a master’s degree in administration with an emphasis in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science with minors in economics and criminal justice, both from Southeast Missouri State.