Hive Five with Brian Carr

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Director of the Center for Student Success and Disability Services

Over his 10 years at Waynesburg University, Brian has taken on numerous responsibilities. Currently, he prepares schedules for all new and returning students, serves as the advising director (which includes advising students exploring or changing majors, as well as international students) and manages WU's Academic Mentoring Program and early alert system, all while serving as the point person for students with documented disabilities, determining appropriate accommodations for those students and coordinating testing accommodations for students requiring them. When he is in his office, Brian can be found "in the depths of the bottom floor of Eberly Library...walk in opposite direction of natural light!"

What's your favorite spot on campus?

I’d have to say the tree-lined sidewalk right outside of Miller Hall (in between Miller Hall and the Chapel). I remember walking that sidewalk right before the start of my interview and felt such peace. It’s such a picturesque sight and its beauty can be enjoyed during all four seasons; from the pristine white branches after a new-fallen snow to the radiant sun streaks that peek through the ample shade in the summer. Do yourself a favor: pause and just take a moment to take in God’s glorious artwork. You just have to watch out for falling acorns in the Fall (or are squirrels throwing them at us?).

What’s your favorite annual event?

You mean besides vacation and Christmas? Many won’t be able to relate to this, but it’s the Department of Communication's Annual NFL Mock Draft in April. Professor Richard Krause gets to play the role of an NFL draft analyst (he may have missed his calling) and all the students who participate act as NFL General Managers for a day!

What’s your most memorable WU moment?

Wow…there have been many, but how awesome it was when recent graduate RJ Tonks, a wheelchair-bound student, walked during the procession at the Commencement ceremonies! From the day we first met, he pronounced that as his goal, and it was such an awe-inspiring moment when it came to fruition.

What makes WU a special place to work?

Here comes the cliché: it’s the relationships with students and colleagues. In serving the Lord, we’re so blessed to work collectively to help shape, educate and positively influence the lives of our students, who are the future of this world. We also have the opportunity to be a light to our colleagues. For instance, it’s been such an honor and privilege to work so closely with the recently retired Chuck Beiter, professor emeritus of English. As a personal mentor, he’s taught me so much. Admired and respected by many for his passion for doing what is best for our students, he exemplifies Waynesburg University’s mission.

What do you consider the most special or unique part of your job?

I think it’s safe to say that there are probably not many — if any — university employees in the country who have the combination of responsibilities of my current role. If there is another out there, I’d love to share stories. In addition, my job is a really integrated position. I work so closely with students and a multitude of offices and departments on campus. Serving as a student advocate, I’m also responsible for representing faculty and administration, preserving academic integrity and upholding University policies. Though it comes with its share of challenges, the “many hats” I wear allow me to work not only with many students but also many of the fine people working at WU.

For more information on the Center for Student Success and Disability Services at Waynesburg University, click here!