Elkins – Jonathan I. Barrett has joined the Office of Student Life at Davis & Elkins College following an appointment as director of campus activities and multicultural programs, and residence director of Gribble Hall.
Working directly with Vice President for Student Affairs Scott Goddard, Barrett will enhance the learning environment through student involvement in co-curricular and extra-curricular programming, assessment and program review, and leadership development.
In his role as director of campus activities and multicultural programs, Barrett will provide leadership to the student organization Senator Entertainment and develop campus and student activities, intramural sports, leadership programming, fraternity and sorority life, and events for residents of Elkins and the surrounding area.
He will also manage operations of Myles Center for the Arts, Madden Student Center and The Icehouse, in addition to serving as the facilities booking agent for members of the campus community.
“We are pleased to have Jonathan join Davis & Elkins College,” Goddard said. “With his extensive background in student activities, multiculturalism and diversity, I know he will make a great leader for the Office of Student Life and make a positive impact in the lives of our students. By promoting diversity, inclusion and equity, Jonathan will support the recruitment, retention and holistic success of our students.”
As the residence director of Gribble Hall, Barrett is responsible for the daily management of the hall, management of residential crisis situations and supervision of student resident assistants.
Barrett brings work experience in higher education and the human resources field. Most recently, he served as the assistant director of student activities at Wheeling Jesuit University where he managed student clubs and organizations and facilitated various events. In addition, he worked as an assistant wrestling coach.
Barrett also is a first lieutenant human resources officer with the Virginia Army National Guard: 91st Cyber Brigade in Fairfax, Virginia.
“I’m more than excited for the opportunity that has been blessed to me,” Barrett said. “I look forward to not only growing as a higher education professional and learning from Scott Goddard, but also applying what I’ve learned thus far. I’m zealous about student impact, community relations, and leadership training.”
Barrett earned a Master of Business Administration in 2018 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political and economic philosophy in 2016, both from Wheeling Jesuit University. As a student, he was a member of the Cardinal’s varsity wrestling team, serving two years as captain, and was co-founder of the University’s Black Student Union. As a peer minister and resident minister, he received the Wheeling Jesuit University Campus Ministry Unitas Et Fides Award.
The 2019-2020 academic year at Davis & Elkins College begins with new student orientation on August 17. Classes for the semester start on August 19.