UMass Amherst Housing Administrator Named Special Assistant to Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

AMHERST, Mass. - Gerald A. Quarles, assistant director of residential support services in housing services at the University of Massachusetts, has been named special assistant to the vice chancellor for student affairs. In this position he will serve primarily as a liaison between student affairs and other executive areas on campus. The change is effective Oct. 16.

The announcement was made by F. Javier Cevallos, interim vice chancellor for student affairs.

Cevallos noted that Quarles had been at the University for more than 20 years in positions of progressive responsibility. "He brings a lot of knowledge, skill, and energy to his new responsibilities," Cevallos said.

Besides enhancing collaboration between student affairs and other divisions on campus, Quarles will also work on planning and preparing for Commencement, along with Commencement coordinator Robert N. Brooks. In the future, he will also assume additional responsibilities for other major events on campus. In addition, he will draft and prepare a plan for Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) initiatives in areas of student affairs where they have not been implemented, starting with housing.

Quarles earned a bachelor’s degree in education from UMass in 1971. After graduation, he went to work as an assistant to the area director for Northeast and Sylvan housing areas. In 1976, he accepted a professional position in sales and marketing for University Conference Services. Over the next 22 years, he went on to work in a number of areas in housing services, including family housing, graduate housing, maintenance and operations, and telecommunications and cable television. He has also served on numerous strategic planning groups and various University and Faculty Senate committees.

Before professional staff members at the University formed a union, he was head of the University’s Professional Association, which represented about 1,100 employees. He is also a charter member of the Amherst Campus Council, which serves as an advisory group to Chancellor David K. Scott.