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Volume 73 | Issue 3
May 2005

Pro-File: Kim D. Harrington, Georgia Institute of Technology

Q. What do your job responsibilities entail?

A. I am responsible for the operations of the Student Center and Stamps Commons at Georgia Institute of Technology. My staff and I reserve space in the Complex and manage the 8,000 events that take place annually. We coordinate the maintenance and custodial support of the complex, establish and maintain security and emergency procedures, manage the asset inventory, and oversee the vehicle fleet.

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

A. My staff would say that I am dedicated, hardworking, and fair. My colleagues say I'm personable, reflective, and fun. I didn't want to speak for my students, so I asked a couple of them to think of one or two words to describe me. They said:

"Never have I met some one so dedicated, dependable, and fun to work with. She is a true blessing. Kim is not just a boss, she is an inspiration." -- Joe Shekarabi, Building Manager, Georgia Tech

"When Kim asked what words describe her, millions come to mind, but two summarize it well; she is selfless and tireless. Not only does she manage the Student Center, but she has taken on the responsibilities of her ill co-worker for a time when her nonpaying job as our advisor is at its busiest.CAWe just had our biggest event of the year (the Black Leadership Conference), and Kim played a huge role in its success.CAHer support did not falter despite her real (as in paid) commitments. She finds time to meet me weekly though her schedule really doesn't permit it. I only wish that you may meet her one day and see that I am not even doing her justice." -- Luqman Abdur-Rahman, President of the African American Student Union, Georgia Tech

"Kim's office is one of my favorite places on campus. She is always welcoming and willing to help students. She is someone that I can talk to about anything, someone that I look to for advice. She has helped me grow as a person, encouraging my integrity and never letting me give up. Without a doubt in my mind, I would say that she has also contributed to my academic success at Georgia Tech, through her encouragement." -- Stephanie Bent, President of the Caribbean Students Association, Georgia Tech

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

A. Most recently, The Penny and Roe Stamps Student Center Commons renovation project. The entire process was incredible and I'm grateful to have been a part of it.

Q. What's the biggest lesson you've learned while working in the profession?

A. Be flexible. You may have to move furniture, counsel a troubled student, and meet with the university president all in one day.

Q. What is one phrase to live by or bit of advice you might have for future generations of union professionals?

A. Your actions speak volumes about your character.

Q. Is there anything else you would like ACUI members to know about you?

A. I really enjoy working in the college union field; I've learned life lessons and had the opportunity to met and work with wonderful people. In addition, my membership and involvement with ACUI has been valuable, and my work life is richer as a result.

Kim D. Harrington
Associate Director, Student Center Operations
Student Center and Stamps Commons
Georgia Institute of Technology
15 years in student affairs
(residence life, admissions, student life);
11 of those years in college unions