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Dean NairDr. Ajay Nair, Senior Vice President & Dean
404E Dobbs University Center

Dr. Ajay Nair was previously Senior Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also held positions at Columbia University, Penn State University, and the University of Virginia. During his tenure in higher education, he has served in a variety of capacities as faculty member, student affairs administrator, and academic administrator. 

Dr. Nair’s research interests include quality assurance in educational systems, service learning and civic engagement, and 2nd-generation Asian American identity. His co-edited book, Desi Rap: Hip-Hop in South Asian America, focuses on the complexities of 2nd-generation South Asian American identity. His current book project explores the current state of multiculturalism in higher education.

Dr. Nair was born and raised in Philadelphia. He earned his baccalaureate and doctorate degrees from Penn State University.

Dr. Bridget Guernsey RiordanDr. Bridget Guernsey Riordan, Assistant Vice President of Development, Alumni Relations, and Parent & Family Programs
403E Dobbs University Center

Dr. Bridget Guernsey Riordan is the Assistant Vice President of Development, Alumni Relations, and Parent & Family Programs. She collaborates with Campus Life units and university colleagues to engage alumni and families in the life of the university. Prior to this position, she served Emory in a number of positions including Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities.

Dr. Riordan has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Higher Education program at Georgia State University. Prior to her positions at Emory, Dr. Riordan worked in various student affairs positions at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Pittsburgh and served as a National Collegiate Field Advisor for Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity.

A native of Indiana, Dr. Riordan received her Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University, her Master of Education degree from the University of Cincinnati, and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education from the University of Pittsburgh.

In professional associations, Dr. Riordan served as the President of the Association of Fraternity Advisors (AFA) and has been on the Region III board for NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators). Her areas of research and publications have included alcohol education, Greek letter organizations, and relationship health.

Dr. Carolyn LivingstonDr. Carolyn Livingston, Senior Associate Vice President and Title IX Coordinator for Students
415E Dobbs University Center

Carolyn Livingston is currently Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life. She is responsible chiefly for supporting the Senior Vice President in daily tasks and projects, supervising the Office of Student Conduct, implementing and coordinating division-wide assessment efforts, addressing off-campus concerns, developing relationships with key internal constituents, policy implementation, event and program development, and serving as liaison to the Dean of Campus Life at Oxford College. She also administers the student medical amnesty process.

Prior to joining Emory in July 2006, Carolyn worked for a combined seven years in both the Office of the President and the Office of Undergraduate Admission at the University of Virginia. Carolyn received her Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from N.C. State University (Raleigh, NC), her Master of Education in Counselor Education, and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Virginia.

Eric BymasterEric Bymaster, Associate Vice President of Finance, Administration, and Operations
409B Dobbs University Center

Eric Bymaster was named Assistant Vice-President of Finance and Operations in December of 2010. Prior to this appointment, Eric was the Chief Financial Officer for the Division of Campus Life since June of 2008. Currently, he oversees financial operations, human resources, Dobbs University Center, Bookstore Liaison, Technical Services, Food Services, and Student Government financial operations.

Prior to joining Campus Life, Eric was the Director of Finance for the Emory University Libraries. He joined Emory in October of 2001. Before Emory, Eric worked at Purdue University and Purdue Research Foundation in different positions involving real estate, finance, grants and contracts.

A native of Indiana, Eric received his Bachelor of Science in Management from Purdue's Krannert School of Management and his Master of Science degree in Higher Educational Administration, also from Purdue University.

Andy WilsonAndrew Wilson, PhD, Assistant Vice President for Community (Interim)
416 Dobbs University Center

Dr. Andrew Wilson currently serves as the Interim Assistant Vice President of Campus Life where he provides leadership for the Barkley Forum, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Student Leadership and Community Engagement, health promotion, residence life, and student conduct. He also continues to serve as the Senior Associate Dean for External Relations overseeing relationship management of external stakeholders and communications.

He previously served as Director of Residence Life for seven years and as the Director of Student Conduct for four years. Prior to joining the Emory community, he directed sorority and fraternity life at Virginia Commonwealth University and served as Founder and Director of the Social Justice Center at Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Wilson has authored more than 20 publications and presented more than 35 conference sessions on inclusion and advocacy education, assessment in higher education, and external relations in student affairs. He also serves as Lecturer in the sociology department in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of Georgia.

His professional service has included co-founding the Student Affairs Foundations Institute in 2007 that provides foundational information and basic skill building for practitioners who have not attended a graduate program in student affairs. Dr. Wilson has also been involved with the boards of the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators and the Southern Association of College Student Affairs.

A native of Charleston, SC, Dr. Wilson earned a BA in psychology and chemistry from Winthrop University (SC), a MA in Education from Virginia Tech, and a PhD in counseling and human development from the University of Georgia. He volunteers as a board member for Winthrop University and a mentor of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Jessi ArnidisJessi Arnidis, Director of Development
409G Dobbs University Center

Jessi Arnidis joined Campus Life as the Director of Development in August, 2014. Prior to this position, Jessi was the Associate Director of Development for the Emory University School of Medicine since July of 2011.  

Prior to Emory, Jessi worked in development for the American Diabetes Association, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and Make-a-Wish Foundation.  

A native of Alabama, Jessi received a Bachelor of Science in marketing and psychology from UAB and a fund-raising certificate from Samford University.    She volunteers for Junior League of Atlanta and serves as the placement co-chair for the Center for Visually Impaired. 

Mekeshua NorthMekeshua North, Human Resources Manager
408E Dobbs University Center

Mekeshua North began her Human Resources Career in 1999 after she earned her MHRM (Masters of Human Resources Management).   She has worked in various industries such as Trucking/Transportation, State and Local Government and Aviation/Engineering.  Her Human Resources experience includes Recruitment, Benefits Administration, Employee Relations and Training and Organizational Development.  In addition to her degree, she is certified in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessments, 360 Feedback Assessments, and DiSC Assessments.

Kathy MossKathy Moss, Executive Administrative Assistant
404E Dobbs University Center

Kathy Moss is the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Senior Vice President and Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President. Kathy joined Emory in 2003 following a "first career" in elementary education & special education in Tennessee and Georgia. Kathy received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee and completed graduate courses in the area of learning disabilities. She enjoys bicycling, gardening, and reading.

Nelda StoudenmireNelda Stoudenmire, Administrative Coordinator
409A Dobbs University Center

Nelda Stoudenmire is Administrative Assistant to the Associate Vice President of Campus Life and Chief Financial Officer. Nelda joined Emory in 1986 as a secretary to the director of Residential Facilities. Since 1994, she has been in her present position with Campus Life Central.

Nichelle Frye, Administrative Assistant
4th Floor CLC Suite, Dobbs University Center

Since July 2008, Nichelle has served as an Administrative Assistant in the Center for Community Partnerships at Emory. Prior to joining the Emory community, she worked as a Conference Center Coordinator and Client Response Representative for the Georgia Power Company and as an Assistant to the Special Event Coordinator at Agnes Scott College.  She graduated from Agnes Scott College with a BA in music and a concentration in vocal performance.

John BrownJohn Baker Brown, Communications Strategist
413E Dobbs University Center

Formerly a writer with Emory’s Center for Community Partnerships, John draws on more than 30 years of experience as a communications manager and consultant in corporate, higher education, and nonprofit organizations. Before joining Emory in 2012, he served for more than a decade as communications director for Faith And The City, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that encouraged interfaith collaboration and civic engagement on a range of public issues.

John’s earlier assignments include consultant and speechwriter with The Coca-Cola Company, vice president for communications with Morehouse College, editor of The Atlanta Tribune newsmagazine, and video producer, corporate spokesperson, and media relations manager with AT&T. He has taught video production, film history, and academic writing at the University of Akron, Georgia State University, and the Interdenominational Theological Center, respectively. John holds a master’s in mass communication and a bachelor’s in secondary education, both from the University of Akron, and a master’s in theological studies from Emory’s Candler School of Theology.

Matt ConeMatthew Cone, Interactive Communications Developer
413E Dobbs University Center

Matt is responsible for updating websites, including this biography. He has great skill typing words that fill up space nicely, given his aversion to actually writing his own content. This seems like a silly phobia, but is not unheard of: for 23 years, Matt didn't go to grocery store delis because he simply didn't know how to order, fearing the social backlash of his fellow shoppers.