President Nick Ladany announced today that Rebecca L. Sandidge, PhD will serve as the university’s inaugural Chief of Staff, starting February 15. Currently, she is the Chief of Staff at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
In this new role, Dr. Sandidge will serve on the president’s senior administrative leadership team, coordinate all presidential office operations and activities in support of institutional priorities, and act as chief liaison to the Board of Trustees. Additionally, she will advise on university policy, procedural and operational matters and facilitate collaborative strategic initiatives and university-wide projects on behalf of the Office of the President.
As Chief of Staff at Goizueta Business School, Dr. Sandidge has managed strategic initiatives, key relationships, and special projects most salient to advancing the school’s priorities. She also has been responsible for increasing corporate partnerships and working with departments charged with driving philanthropic and foundation engagement. In addition, she has managed the office staff responsible for the administrative and operational support of the school’s senior leadership team.
Prior to this role, Dr. Sandidge was Associate Director of MBA Admissions at Goizueta, charged with achieving enrollment targets and strengthening the student profiles for the full-time and evening MBA programs. Her professional experience also includes positions at Emory University’s School of Medicine and The Ohio State University’s Multicultural Center and Office of Residence Life.
Dr. Sandidge is a graduate of The University of Georgia, with a B.A. in History; B.S. in Social Science Education; and PhD in Higher Education. She earned an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University.
President Ladany also thanked members of the search committee: Dr. Carrie Mata, vice president for research and planning; Dr. Frank Pampush, assistant professor of business; and Asia Anderson, assistant director of career development.