student affairs experience is a perfect fit for UT Martin as it stands as an institution in transition, he
told The Pacer
.June was vice president for Student Affairs at the 12,000-student Florida A&M University in Tallahassee from 2005 to 2007 when the university was undergoing leadership and demographic changes.
The opportunity to work with student leadership is June's main reason for getting involved with student affairs, he
said.He said student leadership starts with the Student Government Association president and weaves its way down through student organizations.June
enjoys keeping leaders up to date with policies and procedures.
"A lot of times I had to come in and get rid of red tape," June
said of student governments."My role is not to put obstacles in the way â€¦ but to empower them to accomplish what they want to do."He
experience with student government has been statute-driven, meaning his
work with student leaders has been to align their policies with state statutes to increase the likelihood that their goals are achieved.June
experience with crisis management, revitalizing personnel structures and budgeting particularly fits UTM
oversaw four phases of new housing construction in the late `90s , similar to the residence construction under way at UTM
, and led a transition team at Florida Gulf Coast University
, which was founded in 1991.
"A lot of times people think student affairs is all about fun and games and we don't do anything meaningful that ties in to the curriculum," June
said last week.
said bringing more culture to campus is important, and he
favors an assessment of what's already on campus and what role Student Affairs can play in strengthening UTM's offerings.
"We have to decide what it is we're supporting, are we collaborating, are we looking at the resources needed to make that happen?"June
said."We need to make sure it fits in with the goals of the institution."June, who was a member of the traditionally black Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity as an undergraduate at Florida A&M, was the strongest proponent of the role of fraternities and sororities on campus.