Schmidt and Ryan-Newton named
to permanent posts
R. Buchholz, Chronicle staff
wo acting administrators in Auxiliary Services have received permanent
appointment to their positions. Meredith Schmidt became director
of Business and Facilities Services on Sept. 1, and Brenda Ryan-Newton
became operations manager of Retail Food Services on Sept. 29.
very happy with the appointment," said Ashoke Ganguli, director
of Auxiliary Services, of Ryan-Newton's new role managing $4 million
in retail operations. "We went out nationally and looked for
the best person. It was a logical fit. When she was a Dining Services
manager, we would specifically get comments for her to cater events
because people liked her work so much."
interacting with customers, trying to look forward toward future
eating trends of customers, and improving the quality of service
to our customers," Ryan-Newton said. "Working closely
with student groups on campus and the campus offices we cater is
important to me. I enjoy that a lot. There's a lot of new things
out there. Hopefully, we'll do some good."
pretty tough job," Ganguli said. "The toughest part is
the financials. We have to meet the budget targets to move the service
up to the next level. She'll also be a good person to change the
culture of the retail food service organization."
had high praise for Schmidt.
has been a wonderful, responsive, caring director. She's accountable,
bright and extremely competent. Her greatest strength is building
bridges with the various constituencies that use the Campus Center,
highlighting especially her excellent relationship working with
[Campus Activities Advising Center director] Delphine Quarles. A
further testimony is she was awarded Administrator of the Year [by
the Student Government Association]."
Schmidt also received
three other awards last year. The student businesses in the Campus
Center/Student Union complex, ALANA Affairs, and the Student Government
Association each gave her another award citing her support and service.
very challenging position because it's so intertwined with everything
that happens on campus," said Schmidt. "I'll depend on
my colleagues all over campus, as well as students, for their feedback.
I want to make sure everyone has a voice. The administration and
campus activities work hand in hand now.
is to try to balance the needs of the community and to strive to
make the Campus Center a clean and comfortable place for people
to come together for many different purposes. We've made great strides
in the cleanliness area over the past couple of years."
the directors I've had over the years, she's definitely the best,"
Ganguli said. "She works well with groups. Her staff respects