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UNCP Gets New Director for Career Services

October 1, 2002

Denisha SandersThe University of North Carolina at Pembroke recently added a new member to its family of student services. Dr. Denisha Sanders has been named director of Career Services.

The delivery of career services at UNCP begins during the freshman year and includes services ranging from guidance and counseling in choosing a major to resources for the transition into the job market.

She reports to Dr. Lisa Schaeffer, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs.

"I am thrilled to have Dr. Sanders join our Career Services team," Dr. Schaeffer said. "She brings a variety of experiences and talents to the position."

"Her years of experience in student activities, fund raising and career services are a perfect combination for directing the Career Center," she said. "Dr. Sanders is genuinely interested in the concerns and needs of students."

Although she has broad experience in higher education administration, Dr. Sanders said she enjoys interacting with students above all.

"I have really enjoyed meeting the students here, and the services this Career Center provides to them are very impressive," she said. "I wanted to pursue a career in student affairs to work directly with students, and this is a great opportunity to do so."

Dr. Sanders is taking over the highest rated Career Center in the 16-campus UNC system, according to annual surveys taken of students and recent graduates.

"I want to maintain, and build on, the level of success the Career Center already has attained," she said. "I am taking over a highly rated program, so there are high expectations."

Dr. Sanders comes to UNCP from Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., where she was the director of Student Activities. She advised the Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board and Student Recreation Council. Dr. Sanders also advised the campus newspaper and yearbook staff.

At Wesleyan College, she also performed fundraising duties as the director of annual giving. At Mississippi State University, she was the assistant director and an instructor at the university's Career Center.

A Florida native, Dr. Sanders attended Florida State University and the University of Virginia, where she received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. She also has extensive experience in areas such as career development and advising.

Dr. Sanders' list of accomplishments and activities is extensive. In 1996, she received the New Professional Award from the Southern Association for College Student Affairs. She is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and a member of the American College Personnel Association.

Dr. Sanders has also been published in the College Student Affairs Journal in 1997 and in New Directions for Higher Education in 1994.

She is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the Southern Association for College Student Affairs and the National Association for Campus Activities.