When Associate Vice President (AVP) of Auxiliary Services Dan Slattery joined the A&F team this past fall, he brought with him 20 years of experience in university administration. During that time, he held positions in Auxiliary, Facilities and Campus Safety. He says his main drive in all of them was helping students.
“In the beginning of my career, my dream job was to work as Dean of Students at Cape Cod Community College, because of my interest in Student Affairs,” Dan said. “But work sent me in different directions which has made the journey all the more interesting.”
Lucky for us, Dan is now putting his student-centered focus to use as AVP of Auxiliary Services. In this role, he oversees a variety of important campus functions, including Dining, the University Store, Event & Conference Services, Parking & Transportation and more. He says his goal is to strengthen the bonds between these departments while increasing student involvement.
“I’ve been used to a large group of students working directly in my offices, many of whom I got to know over time and who became important sounding boards for ideas, questions, focus groups and the like whenever we were considering an initiative,” Dan said. “Here at Towson, I’ll need to reach out a bit more to create that connection but I’ve found several fellow administrators ready to assist in making it happen. It’s my belief that listening to students and then doing what you say you’re going to do serves us all well.”
To meet this goal, Dan intends to utilize existing groups such as the SGA to gather valuable feedback on services and projects that will help his departments maintain or beat the expectations of the campus community.
Citing various awards Auxiliary Services has won, Dan says he sees no need to overhaul Auxiliary Services. He says the department is already a success, and will continue to set the bar high. Working together, he believes they can make Towson University the leader in the field of Auxiliary Services.
When he’s not working, Dan likes to spend time with his wife, Louise, and their three sons. He also enjoys traveling—this summer he’s going to Ireland with about 10 of his college baseball teammates, where they’ll relax, play golf and relive old times.
With Dan’s family-friendly attitude and student-centered focus, we have no doubt he’ll fit in well at TU. As he said himself, “So far, my interests have melded well with Towson.”
Please join us in welcoming Dan to the division!