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Volume 82 | Issue 3
June 2014

Profile: Jamie Riley, University of California–Berkeley

RileyTitle: Director for Leadership, Engagement, Advising, and Development (LEAD) Center
Years in the profession: 8
Year joined ACUI: 2008

What is your primary responsibility?

In my role, I have administrative oversight for student life programs and activities on campus, including the supervision of a team of 21 hard working and dedicated student affairs professionals. Our scope includes supporting, advising, and providing leadership development opportunities to 1,200 registered student organizations, more than 60 affiliated and active fraternities and sororities, the undergraduate and graduate student government associations, the Student Environmental Resource Center, student-initiated recruitment and retention programs, more than 40 student publications, the Cal Debate Team, and an assortment of campus activities and leadership development programs and initiatives.

What would your staff, colleagues, or students say about you?

I think they would say that I am hardworking, fun-loving, free-spirited, focused, strategic, a little goofy at times, and someone who definitely has the students’ best interest at heart.

What’s one innovation or project of which you’re proud to have helped implement?

I was hired, about a year ago, to create the infrastructure for the LEAD Center. That is everything from hiring more than 12 new staff and developing position responsibilities to creating new center policies, procedures, and educational/cocurricular initiatives. I am proud to have been able to lead that process and assist as we attempt to transcend the student experience.

What is one lesson you’ve learned?

Commitment, patience, relationships, and personal balance are all key to your success, but more importantly, to your happiness and health. Sometimes this work can be time-consuming and requires you to sacrifice your personal needs and interests to get the job done. However, focusing on the “why” and seeing the impact that you are able to have on the student collegiate experience and overall life is priceless. I wouldn't trade it for the world.

What is your favorite ACUI memory?

I would say that this past ACUI conference was groundbreaking for me since it was the 100th anniversary. My work in student affairs had taken me outside of the union community for some years, and I enjoyed establishing new connections and creating new bonds with others who are also fervent in their belief about the role the union plays in enhancing the campus community. I especially enjoyed the remarks at the Gala and was moved by hearing all of the great accomplishments of current and past ACUI members.