The University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Students Serving Students

UNCG's School of Education is excited to announce the 3rd annual Careers in Student Affairs Conference.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Elliot University Center (EUC)

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The Careers in Student Affairs Conference was created to show student leaders that the activities they help plan, the connections they make with residents in their hall, the staff bonding, and the overall passions that they have for serving on their respective campuses is a career that they can pursue.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Penny Rue
Vice President for Campus Life
Wake Forest University

Dr. Penny Rue is nationally recognized for her creative leadership in strengthening campus communities and oversees most facets of student life at Wake Forest, with an overall broad responsibility for the well-being and safety of students and their engagement outside the classroom.

Dr. Rue has previously served in various positions across the country, including Dean of Students at UVA, Senior Associate Dean of Student and Director of Student Programs at Georgetown University, and various student life positions at The University of Maryland and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to coming to Wake Forest, Dr. Rue served as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of California, San Diego.

In Dr. Rue's own words:

I was lucky enough to find my vocational passion very early, as an orientation leader volunteer in college. I've had terrific mentors throughout my career and have found that when I was ready, the right position appeared. Both my Master's and doctoral degrees deepened my intellectual commitments and created a valuable professional network. Once upon a time I was an athlete and an actress. I still have the stamina for 12 hour days and still love to work a crowd.

I have been fortunate also to teach graduate courses in my field for several years and love the generativity involved in shaping the commitments of the next generation of Student Affairs professionals. My primary professional association, NASPA, has been both intellectually and personally enriching, and every volunteer role I have assumed has given more more than I gave.

Awards and recognitions that Dr. Rue has received include Order of the Valkyrie from UNC-Chapel Hill, Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year Runner-Up from NASPA, Pillar of the Profession from NASPA, Alpha Sigma Nu member, and Phi Eta Sigma member. Dr. Rue is currently a member of the NASPA Foundation Board and is the Region III Representative for NASPA's Public Policy Division

Dr. Rue received her bachelor's in English from Duke University, her master's in Student Personnel Services from The Ohio State University, and her doctorate in Counseling and Personnel Services from The University of Maryland.