People

People

The Student*University Center is operated by an extensive staff of professional and student employees dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of customer service, programming and performance. We are committed to making your experience with the center a positive one, and we welcome your feedback.

Boyd Beckwith
Director
E-mail:
bbeckwith@gsu.edu
It was Boyd’s experience as a member of the University Activities Organization’s Concerts Committee, while pursuing his B.A. in both Business Administration and Music at Bowling Green State University, which led to his career in Student Affairs. He received his M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. At Georgia State University he manages and provides leadership for the Student*University Center, including staff supervision, policy formation, and budget and event management for a 200,000 square foot facility that has an average of 20,000 users daily. Mr. Beckwith serves as a liaison with Auxiliary Services and retail tenants, and chairs the Student Communications Committee. Boyd is an active member of the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), which provides students and administrators resources to build campus community. He has served as the Director of Region 12 of ACUI and was honored to receive the region’s Shirley Byrd Perry Outstanding Professional Award. Throughout his career Boyd has worked to give students a stronger voice in determining the programs and services that are offered while helping them to develop life and leadership skills.

Carole Golder
Associate Director for Programs and Services
E-mail:
cgolder@gsu.edu
Carole Golder received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware and a Master of Education from the University of South Carolina. She holds a certificate in Campus Program Management from the National Association for Campus Activities. Ms. Golder has worked for the Student*University Center since August 2000. She supervises the conference and customer service programs for the University and Student Centers, including the reservation process, conference marketing, event management, student desk staff training and information desk functions which includes $100,000 in annual sales. Ms. Golder is responsible for ensuring quality event supervision and user services as well as contributing to the accomplishment of the goals of the Student*University Center and the mission of the university.

Lesia Chandler
Associate to the Director
E-mail: lchandler@gsu.edu
Lesia Chandler has over 25 years of experience in administrative roles. She began working for the Student*University Center in June 2003. Ms. Chandler is responsible for overseeing and managing the Administrative Front Office and supervising the office clerical staff. She serves as the Assistant to the Director and performs various duties relating to the business operations for the center. Ms. Chandler often represents the Student*University Center in various activities for the university and often serves as a liaison between the department and the university community.

DeLea Kearse
Manager, Student Center Business Services
E-mail: dkearse@gsu.edu
DeLea Kearse received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s College in Indiana. In August 2000, she began managing the internal accounting system for the Student*University Center, a complex financial organization made up of approximately 45 full-time staff, 150 part-time / student staff and 20 para-professionals. The Student*University Center receives support from multiple sources with an annual budget that exceeds $5 million. Mrs. Kearse is responsible for administering the financial management processes, ensuring compliance with all personnel and business practices and coordinating the accounting procedures for the Student*University Center and its units, which include Campus Events, Spotlight Programs Board and Student Activities. In addition to overseeing the accounting functions and staff, she also co-supervises the Information Center and Campus Tickets areas.

Ramona Rollins
Accountant
E-mail: rrollins2@gsu.edu
Ramona Rollins received a Bachelor of Business Administration concentrating in Accounting from Georgia State University. In November 2005, she began working at the Student*University Center as an Accounting Assistant while finishing her degree. Beginning in July 2008, Ms. Rollins began full time as an accountant to assist the business manager in a multitude of fiscal tasks related to the Student*University Center and its units, which include Campus Events, Spotlight Programs Board and Student Life and Leadership. Specifically, she internally coordinates the procurement card program and aids in its compliance. She assists with ensuring efficient and effective internal controls through monthly reconciliations and reviews of revenue, expenses, and payroll for the Student*University Center and its units.

Regina Finan
Human Resource Coordinator
E-mail: rfinan@gsu.edu
Regina Finan completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Georgia State University, and has worked for the Student*University Center since January 2012. She coordinates staff training and development, assists with staff recognition programs, and provides HR support and assistance for supervisors. Ms. Finan is responsible for disseminating internal staff communication and assisting the director and managers with special projects and annual reports as to support the mission and goals of the department, the division and the university.

David Murkison
Associate Director for Building Administration
E-mail: dmurkison@gsu.edu
David Murkison has a Bachelor in Communication Arts and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University. He holds a Master of Education from the University of South Carolina. Murkison joined the Student*University Center in August 2011. He is responsible for the daily operations and facility management for the Student*University Center and manages its maintenance, custodial services, security and building reservations areas. Additionally, he is responsible for ensuring quality event support, including room set-ups, audiovisual support and building management. He also provides support to tenants and contributes to the accomplishment of the overall goals of the Student*University Center.

Rhonda Counsel-Carey
Operations Manager
E-mail: rcounsel@gsu.edu
Rhonda Counsel-Carey received a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University. She has worked for the Student*University Center since Spring Semester 2006. She came to Atlanta from Tucson, Arizona where she spent most of her professional career as an event planner and manager. Ms. Counsel is the operations manager for the Student Center and works with the event services team overseeing the successful set-up and management of the center’s events and the day-to-day flow of services for patrons of the center.

Nicholas Moore
Media Supervisor
E-mail: nmoore@gsu.edu
Nicholas Moore received a specialized degree in the Recording Arts from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. Mr. Moore has worked for Georgia State University since November 2005. At the Student*University Center, Mr. Moore is responsible for providing client technical support for the day-to-day operations of all media enhanced events. He manages his university and client responsibilities while training and supervising a team of staff and student assistants. Mr. Moore serves on the GSU commencement board as the audio visual consultant, providing for the advanced technical needs of the ceremony from start to finish. He also serves as the staff advisor for the GSU Ultimate Frisbee Club. Mr. Moore is committed to serving the needs of the GSU faculty, staff, and students as well as the university’s diverse community clients.

Justen Keeney-Ritchie
Media Utilization Specialist I
E-mail: jkeeneyritchie1@gsu.edu
Justen Keeney-Ritchie received a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in music recording/production from Georgia State University in 2008. Since June 2010, he has assisted the Student*University Center media supervisor in all aspects of audio, video, projection, lighting and show production for events, and helped supervise and train student staff in these areas. He is also actively involved in music recording, mixing and live sound reproduction and enjoys photography and vacuum tube electronics, in addition to playing guitar and bass.

Anthony Banks
Event Support Coordinator
E-mail: abanks@gsu.edu
Anthony Banks received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Georgia State University. Mr. Banks has worked for the Student*University Center since July 2001. Previously, he worked as a staff member with Continuing Education. Mr. Banks assists in coordinating facility reservations, specifically providing client support for the campus spaces reserved by the Student*University Center, including Urban Life West Exhibit Areas, Urban Life Plaza, Library Plaza, Unity Plaza, General Classroom Plaza (solicitors), Hurt Park and banner space. He manages the University Solicitation Policy for vendor requests and also coordinates data/voice connections related to special projects in the Student*University Center.

Tommy Young
Set-Up Supervisor
E-mail: tyoung@gsu.edu
Tommy Young began working for the Student*University Center in November 1981. He has received training in parque finishing and has been an ace floor tech. His dedication to the Student*University Center was acknowledged by the creation of an award in his honor, given to individuals who demonstrate exceptional commitment and dedication to furthering the mission of the Student*University Center. Mr. Young oversees the set-up of all Student*University Center event space by assessing daily meeting room set-up schedules, coordinating and assigning tasks among the student set-up crew, building managers, and custodial staff in twenty meeting and event spaces, including the ballroom. He is responsible for coordinating a comprehensive floor care schedule, managing an equipment inventory and coordinating event set-up work with the audiovisual, catering and maintenance staffs.

Monica Graham
Administrative Coordinator
E-mail: mrgraham@gsu.edu
Monica Graham has over 18 years of experience in administrative and management roles. She began working for the Student*University Center in January 2008. Monica has received professional training in the areas of business administration, computer information systems and customer service. Mrs. Graham is responsible for overseeing and managing the Operations Support Front Office. She assists in coordinating administrative tasks and daily activities for the Student*University Center under the guidance of the Student Center Associate Director. She also maintains department records, files and databases, as well as scheduling equipment maintenance, and tracking work order progress and completion status.

Steven Watts
Skilled Trades Worker
E-mail: swatts3@gsu.edu
Steven Watts has certification in Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC). Mr. Watts began working in the Student*University Center in January 2001.

Joe Breitbach
Skilled Trades Worker
E-mail: jbreitbach@gsu.edu
Joe Breitbach began working in the Student*University Center in April 2003. He possesses expertise in a number of maintenance areas, including carpentry, plumbing, drywall, flooring, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

Carole Golder
Associate Director for Programs and Services
E-mail: cgolder@gsu.edu
Carole Golder received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware and a Master of Education from the University of South Carolina. She holds a certificate in Campus Program Management from the National Association for Campus Activities. Ms. Golder has worked for the Student*University Center since August 2000. She supervises the conference and customer service programs for the University and Student Centers, including reservation processes, conference marketing, event management, student desk staff training and information desk functions, which includes $100,000 in annual sales. Ms. Golder is responsible for ensuring quality event supervision and user services as well as contributing to the accomplishment of the goals of the Student*University Center and the mission of the university.

Brian Wilson
Marketing and Conference Services Manager
E-mail: brian@gsu.edu
Brian Wilson received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. He joined the Student*University Center in January 2012 and possesses an extensive background in meeting and event planning services in both the public and private sector, with more than 10 years devoted specifically toward event planning and coordination within a higher education environment. He oversees the daily management of the Student*University Center Reservations Office and works primarily with co-sponsored and unaffiliated clients hosting major events and conferences within Student*University Center facilities. Additionally, he initiates marketing and solicitation efforts to determine and address the needs of unaffiliated clients in the metro-Atlanta area.

Phillip Smith
Assistant Director for Programs
E-mail: psmith48@gsu.edu
Phillip Smith advises the Spotlight Programs Board, supervises the Cinefest Film Theatre and coordinates the annual Miss Georgia State University Scholarship Pageant.

Chinara “CC” Thomas
Administrative Assistant
E-mail: cthomas32@gsu.edu
CC Thomas graduated from Georgia State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She currently assists the Assistant Director for Programs with Spotlight Programs Board and other projects as assigned. She has been working with the Student*University Center since October 2007.

Sarah Wilcox
Campus Events Advisor
E-mail: swilcox@gsu.edu
Sarah Wilcox, a native of the Atlanta area, received a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Georgia in 2005 and a Master of Science in Education in Student Affairs Administration from Indiana University in 2008. She has worked for the Student*University Center since August 2012. She serves as the advisor to the Campus Events Council, which brings high-profile speakers, music, special events and performing arts to Georgia State University for the students, faculty and staff.

Tricia Herndon
Public Relations Coordinator
E-mail: triciah@gsu.edu
Tricia Herndon received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and political science, summa cum laude, from Baylor University. She has worked for the Student*University Center since August 2010. She coordinates promotional activities and the production of marketing materials for events sponsored by Campus Events, Spotlight Programs Board, Leadership Development and Student Organizations, as well as other events initiated by the Student*University Center.

Bryce McNeil
Student Media Advisor
E-mail: bmcneil1@gsu.edu
Bryce McNeil received a Bachelor of Arts from Cape Breton University and a Master of Arts from the University of Maine. Mr. McNeil has worked for the Student*University Center since August 2008. He provides counsel and manages the leaders of the student media outlets GSTV, New South and The Signal. GSTV provides student-produced and public domain content to Georgia State University Housing and to PeopleTV. New South produces a biannual student-reviewed journal of literature and presents student readings in the Atlanta area. The Signal distributes 3,500 copies of its newspaper 30 weeks of the year.