It is tough losing a hall director mid-semester, but it’s not entirely unfamiliar, Craig Allen, director of housing and residence life, said. This is the third year in a row TCU has lost a hall director.
After being with TCU for five years, Jeremy Stiedl received a job offer elsewhere, Allen said. Stiedl is now employed at SMU as the assistant director of student conduct and community standards.
“This is not something new or unusual in the field of student affairs,” Allen said. “When those next level positions become open, talented people will be sought after and will get those opportunities to leave and go do something else.”
Although Stiedl’s departure happened mid-semester, Allen said Housing & Residence life had already selected someone to take over the hall director position for King and Wright Halls. Summer Priest, who previously worked in Fraternity and Sorority Life as hall director of Beckham-Shelburne, has already begun settling in as the new hall director of King and Wright Halls.
“She is a TCU alum and is getting her master’s degree here in higher education, so she already has that kind of student and housing related experience,” Allen said. “[Priest] is looking for some opportunities to expand her breadth of experience that she can get while she finishes her degree.”
In an e-mail, Priest wrote she now directly supervises and works with eight resident assistants and one assistant hall director, and is responsible for managing the hall budget.
“I think that in many ways my new role and responsibilities are very similar; however, since I am hoping to pursue a career in student affairs, I thought that it would be beneficial to experience a different area of student affairs,” Priest wrote.
Priest wrote that she is looking forward to different experiences and opportunities and hopes to build relationships with the resident assistants and residents.
“I had a great experience as an undergraduate at TCU and want to make sure my residents are enjoying their time here,” Priest wrote.