Sam Mungai, Columnist • firstname.lastname@example.org
First generation class of 2010 Emory & Henry graduate Ryan J. Bowyer came back to E&H to make a presentation for his recent application for dean of students at the college.
Bowyer is currently employed at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina where he works with the committee of high-level violation of student conduct, which involves everything from alcohol violations to suspending students from the university. As well as this, he works with many student-led organizations such as Greek Life, the Student Life Residence Hall Association and others.
Before starting to talk about his game plan as dean of students, Bowyer said, “One of the things I often speak of as dean of students, is that they are the chief student advocate. They are engaging with the students of the campus. The second thing I think about is that they are the main conduct officer, and the last thing is that they are the key student practitioner on the campus.”
He added, “I think about these three things as a tripod, to have a perfect shot, all these sides of the tripod need be to be equal. When it comes to the matter of being a dean of students, we need all these three characteristics to work efficiently together for the role to be successful.”
Bowyer also talked about building authentic relationships in different avenues, with groups, each other and members of the community.
When it came to the question and answer part of his presentation, there were some questions regarding the work the work he has done as well as his plan as dean of students at E&H if would be given a chance to pursue this position.
Director of Disability Support Services Jennifer Condan asked, “If you were given this position as dean of students at Emory & Henry college, what will be your main goal?” Bowyer replied, “My main goal if I were to be given this position is to build up a visible presence in this campus and to unite all students as come to build a healthier authentic relationship among student organizations and at the same time to build leaders who will come together and delegate some issues that some students may be facing.”