Wilson College warmly welcomed Jared Hirtz as the new Residence Life Director on Jan. 20.
Hirtz is from Uniontown, Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor’s in Student Affairs along with gaining teaching certification during his years of undergraduate work. Hirtz gained his previous experience in Residence Life at three different institutions in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and South Carolina. Aside from residence life work, Hirtz was a Captain in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard for the past 11 years.
Hirtz discovered Wilson through a friend from Chambersburg who was in the same deployment. He heard many positive comments about the college and was thrilled to begin the experience as the new Residence Life Director. His passion in working with college students drives him to enhance the experience that students receive.
Hirtz’s goals include providing new opportunities by listening to students’ needs, as well as pairing clubs with Residence Life for a better development in student body. In the near future, Hirtz is interested in bringing in a new ping pong table to the student center.
Although his journey has just begun, Hirtz shared, “I think the Residence Life Staff is in a great place right now. Everyone is unique from our international RA’s (Resident Assistants), VMT (Veterinary Medical Technology) majors, athletes, and personalities. I couldn’t be more thrilled to join this team. I am especially happy to have Ghada Tafesh working as the Graduate Assistant (GA). She is very professional, connects with all students, and embodies everything I hoped to see when I agreed to work at Wilson College.”
When being asked about further plans for Wilson, Hirtz stated, “I hope to continue to provide a safe, fun, loving learning environment for our residents. Living on campus is a very rewarding experience and I hope to enhance that through different programs. My hope is that everyone will look at the Residence Life staff as a pillar for the campus and a group which is proud and excited to serve all students.”
Hirtz is not sure about his favorite place on campus as he is still exploring Wilson. However, he enjoys seeing everyone at the fitness center as well as in the dining hall. Hirtz thinks those are great places to meet and interact with students and staff every day.
“There hasn’t been a place that I don’t enjoy!” Hirtz stated.
For more information on Hirtz, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by his office in Lenfest Commons 007.