July 17, 2006
Lisa Marks named interim director of housing
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Lisa M. Marks, an associate director of housing at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, became interim director this month.
She replaces Edward L. Jones, who left SIUC to become associate vice president for student affairs and campus life at California State University, Sacramento. He served as director of University Housing for 19 years.
"I'm honored to take on this role," Marks said. "We have a lot of things going on right now. I am most excited about the opening of the new Wall and Grand apartment building, which will be available for students in September. This is our first apartment unit for undergraduates."
Marks came to the University in 1987. She started as a secretary in the Small Business Development Center then moved to housing a year later. Over the years, she has held several positions, including chief clerk and supervisor of contracts. She became associate director of management in 1999.
A Southern Illinois native, Marks graduated from Murphysboro High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in advanced technical studies from SIUC in 1995.
Marks will serve as interim director of housing during the search for a permanent replacement. Marks is not a candidate for the position. "My goals are to simply to keep things moving along in housing and prepare for a new director to come on board," she said.
The housing director is responsible for the total on-campus housing operation, which consists of fiscal operations, facilities management, residence life, residence hall dining, contracts and marketing efforts. University Housing employs 200 full-time staff and more than 600 student workers. The director manages residence halls for 4,700 students and 200 Greek Row residents as well as 700 apartments for married and single students and 15 graduate student apartments.
Providing for succession at every level of the University is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.