The College of Charleston family continues to grow with the addition of these new staff members from across campus. With backgrounds in everything from television to taprooms, these new employees (listed alphabetically below) all share an interest in traveling and exploring new places – and in getting to know the College of Charleston community. Welcome to the College!
Assistant Director of Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs, Center for International Education
Background: I am originally from Naples, Florida, but lived and worked for over six years in Boca Raton, Florida, at Lynn University. At the beginning of 2018, I took an opportunity to travel extensively domestically and internationally for a long period of time.
Interests: I love to travel, read and hike.
Looking Ahead: I look forward to helping students see new locations.
AV Manager, Networking and Engineering, Division of Information Technology
Background: Originally from Waycross, I was born and raised in southern Georgia. I attended Valdosta State University and received my bachelor of fine arts in mass media. I started my career creating television shows and commercials for The Outdoor Channel. For eight years, I worked as the media director of a large historic church implementing upgraded technology, overseeing building and expansion projects and managing staff and volunteers to direct and broadcast seven Sunday services. I relocated to Charleston last year to serve as engineer for conference facilities at Trident Technical College.
Interests: Outside of work, I like to keep up with tech news and gadgets, listen to podcasts and explore Charleston with my fiancé.
Looking Ahead: I am excited to take on the role of AV manager at College of Charleston, as my career focus has always been technological innovation and implementation.
Academic Coordinator and Faculty Secretariat, Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs
Background: I am originally from Kentucky, where I received my bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and part of my coursework toward my doctoral degree from the University of Kentucky. After graduate school, I moved with my now husband to Charleston for a few years, where I taught high school English. In 2016 we moved back to Kentucky where I worked at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System as the academic and programs coordinator for all 16 individually accredited community colleges.
Interests: Family and experiences are very important to me. I enjoy traveling with my husband, cooking and reading. My family also owns two breweries in Kentucky where, before moving, I was the taproom manager at one of our locations.
Looking Ahead: I am looking forward to interacting and working on a college campus. I am also excited about applying my background in working with community college academics and faculty to that of the historic College of Charleston’s academics and its respected faculty and staff.
Cashier/Customer Service Representative, Treasurer’s Office
Background: I am technically from Nashville, Tennessee. My parents met in the Air Force and had me in Germany. (Sadly I don’t know any German.) Nashville is where I attended middle school through college. I graduated from Tennessee State University with a B.S. in psychology in May 2013. Also in May 2013, I became a commissioned logistics officer in the United States Air Force. In 2014 I was stationed at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina, which is the same base my dad was stationed at when he first joined the Air Force. While in the service, I had dreams of owning my own counseling practice. So I decided to get a Master’s of Business Administration to learn more about owning my own business. In 2018 my husband and I decided that it was best for me to separate from the military. We decided to focus on growing our faith and helping others to do the same. In 2019, I started working at the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles through a veteran program called Vocational Rehabilitation. While I appreciated the knowledge and experiences at the DMV, I decided it wasn’t the right place to be. I applied at the College of Charleston and had the awesome privilege of being offered a job in the Treasurer’s Office. I look forward to learning more about the College and meeting staff and faculty.
Interests: I like to travel, cook, eat (my favorite hobby, if it counts as one), read, write and spend time with family and friends.
Looking Ahead: I look forward to learning more about the College and my field, and meeting new people.
Melanie Seidel ’19
Director of Development, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
Background: I am originally from Bamberg, Germany, and came to Charleston three years ago. I graduated from the M.P.A. program and the graduate certificate program in arts management in May 2019 and started working at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art after that. In Germany, I worked in public administration at the Cultural Office of the City of Bamberg and at the Adult Education Center of the County of Bamberg.
Interests: I am an art lover and try to live out my creativity as much as I can in my spare time. I paint and do linocuts and many other things. I love to spend time with my dogs, and I practice yoga. Traveling is very important to me, and I intend to explore many more places on this continent.
Looking Ahead: Having been a student here at CofC, I am extremely thankful that I can stay involved with the College even after graduation. The knowledge and skills I gained in the M.P.A. program and the certificate program are invaluable and paved my way for what I am doing now. I also love to be surrounded by the endless creativity at the Halsey Institute and the School of the Arts, and I am looking forward to working with a lot of different departments on campus for the Halsey Institute’s public programming.