The College of Charleston is excited to welcome its newest employees to the Cougar family! Whether they’re stepping on campus for the first time or coming home to the College after some time away, these new Cougars bring a lot of experience, talent and enthusiasm to the community. Please welcome these new colleagues (listed alphabetically below) to the College of Charleston family!
Maggie Boyd ’20
Administrative Coordinator for Events, Outreach and Public Relations; Department of Communication
Background: I graduated from CofC in 2020 with a double major in communication and Spanish and a minor in linguistics. Since then, I had an internship with a PR and marketing agency in Tallahassee, Florida, called RB Oppenheim Associates. During my time at the College, I had multiple on-campus jobs and internships, including working at CofC’s Office of Annual Giving Programs and being a Spanish tutor in the Center for Student Learning.
Interests: I enjoy spending time with my rescue dog, Susie; gardening; and doing creative hobbies like painting, drawing and making jewelry.
Assistant Director of Fiscal Administrative Services, Department of Public Safety
Background: I’m a native of Cross, South Carolina, in the Sandridge community, which is located 7 miles outside of Holly Hill. Recently, I was employed with the Charleston County School District as a student data clerk at Daniel Jenkins Academy.
Interests: Family, true friends and peace of mind are truly what’s important to me. My hobbies are shopping and traveling.
Looking Forward: What I’m looking forward to the most about working at CofC is meeting new people with this new opportunity and enhancing professional growth in my degree field of business administration! So happy to be a part of the CofC family.
Director of Employer Relations, Career Center
Background: I earned my bachelor’s degree in communication and master of education degree in the art of teaching from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. My previous experience within higher education includes alumni engagement, student advising, event planning, recruiting and fundraising.
Interests: My family loves spending time at the beach and county parks with our dog, Ivy, a rescued German shepherd. I also love running and really enjoy the Cooper River Bridge Run!
Residence Hall Director, Department of Residence Life
Background: I’m from Columbia, South Carolina, and a recent graduate of South Carolina State University. Before I came to the College of Charleston, I was a resident director at Limestone University.
Interests: My hobbies are reading and watching YouTube. I love to hang out with family and friends in my spare time.
Looking Forward: I’m looking forward to being able to build connections and gain knowledge in the higher education system.
Jen Jones ’12 (M.E.S.)
Associate Director for Student Engagement, Center for Sustainable Development
Background: After five years in Virginia serving as a professor in environmental science at Tidewater Technical College and then as the sustainability coordinator at Christopher Newport University, I am coming back to the College of Charleston to continue to support sustainability efforts on campus. I got my B.A. in biology from Millikin University and my M.S. right here at the College in environmental studies.
Interests: In my free time, I enjoy teaching dance and yoga, getting outdoors, and spending time with my friends and family.
Looking Forward: I am most excited to re-engage with all the wonderful CofC folks I worked with previously and to meet all the new people who have joined the organization since I left.
Bates O’Neal ’18
Voice Instructor, Department of Music
Background: I am from Nashville, Tennessee. I graduated from CofC in 2018, finished my master of music at Mannes School of Music in 2020, and have now returned to CofC as a faculty member.
Interests: Singing isn’t a hobby, per se, since that is my passion and career, but I sing in choirs and as a soloist whenever I can. I also love cooking and playing board games.
Looking Forward: I am extremely happy that I am now working with my teachers and mentors from when I was a student at CofC just a few years ago.
Residence Hall Director, Department of Residence Life
Background: I am from Kingstree, South Carolina ─ a small town about 1.5 hours from downtown Charleston. I graduated from Francis Marion University in May of 2021 with a B.S. degree in political science and government. At Francis Marion University, I served as student body president and as a lead resident assistant for 3-plus years; my work in these two capacities led me to my current professional affiliation with the College of Charleston as a residence hall director. At the College of Charleston, I am also a Master of Public Administration candidate, and serve as vice president of the graduate student body.
Interests: My hobbies include cooking and trying new foods/restaurants, swimming, singing – and I enjoy walking! I’ve recently decided to take up weight training. My favorite thing to do here in Charleston is walk down to the Battery and explore the various shops and small businesses along the way. The bars aren’t too bad either!
Custodial Services Manager, Building and Equipment Maintenance, Facilities Management
Background: I have been in the custodial industry for 35 years and have been a manager for the past 20 years. I was previously employed with Roper St. Francis Hospital (Mount Pleasant) as the supervisor for Environmental Services.
Interests: As a pastor of a small congregation, my passion is helping and motivating people to reach their highest potential. I enjoy cooking, music and family.
Chris Smith Jr.
Public Safety Officer, Department of Public Safety
Background: I have been from Charleston since high school. I just recently got out of the Marine Corps and am actively pursuing my goal to become a police officer.
Interests: Some of my top hobbies currently are playing video games and binge watching anime. If I get a group of friends to go, I am always down to go play airsoft matches, shoot on a range for friendly competition or just hang out for a bit.
Graduate Residence Hall Director, Department of Residence Life
Background: I was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and grew up in Holly Springs, North Carolina, where I played football and lacrosse throughout high school. Upon graduating, I attended Wingate University where I was a part of residence life, student government and Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and worked as a research assistant for the biology department. After undergrad, I enrolled at the College of Charleston this last fall, where I worked as both a Community Assistance Program graduate assistant as well as the sustainability intern for MUSC. I am currently pursuing a Master of Science in Environmental and Sustainability Studies as well as a Master of Public Administration.
Interests: Reading, exploring the city, listening to music on vinyl (the best way to hear it) and playing NCAA Football 14 are my go-to things to do.
Looking Forward: I look forward to getting to grow both personally and professionally amongst those that share the same love and dedication for helping people succeed that I do!
Associate Director of Building Maintenance, Building and Equipment Maintenance, Facilities Management
Background: So, a little bit about my background: I was born and raised right here in the Lowcountry. For 12 years I’ve resided in Florida and have earned two degrees. I hold a bachelor of science in computer engineering from Bethune-Cookman University and a master of science in architecture with a concentration in facility management from Florida A&M University. Before moving back to South Carolina to take care of my grandparents, I worked for both of my alma maters in different facilities roles. And before coming to the College of Charleston, for the last two years I have had the opportunity to work for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) here on James Island, South Carolina, as an engineer in facilities.
Interests: In my my spare time I like to spend time with my family and friends. I enjoy working on cars and my motorcycle, as well as painting and tinkering with different things. I like volunteering and cooking.