Randy L Mitchell

Randy L Mitchell

Author of:

Flying through Clouds: Navigating Uncertainty and Change in the Student Affairs Profession

Listen Very Loud: Paying Attention in the Student Affairs Profession

Fables, Labels, and Folding Tables

Randy L. Mitchell is the Associate Vice President for Student Success Programs at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. His current responsibilities include development of the Student Success Learning Center, the Student Success Service Center, and the JMU admission program.

Prior to his current assignment, Randy served as Acting Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services (1996-97),  Director of the James Madison University Center (1987-96), and  Assistant Professor of Psychology (1987-present). Prior to his work at James Madison, Randy served as Program Advisor, Assistant Director, and Associate Director of the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial Union at the University of Tennessee (1978-87).

Randy has a B.A. in English from the University of Northern Colorado (1976) and an M.Ed. in College Student Personnel  Administration from Colorado State University (1978). He has worked with student activities, recreation, university centers, leadership development, student media, orientation, admissions, financial aid, registration/records, and student employment, and has been involved with numerous construction projects related to these programs.

Randy has published several articles and conducted numerous presentations on student success, leadership development, service-learning, organizational change, facilities planning and management, role theory, and student employment. His first book, Metaphors, Semaphores, & Two-by-Fours: Reflections on a Personal Profession, was published in 1997 by the Association of College Unions International (ACUI).

In the Spring of 1999, Randy was honored with an award from ACUI, recognizing his work and dedication to the profession.

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