By Jonathan Smith, Managing Editor
Amanda Spell will not return as coordinator of student organizations next year and might not return to the university at all once her husband finishes graduate school and finds a job.
Although no official announcement has been made, Spell said she has told some people of the decision and others are beginning to find out.
Spell’s husband, Michael Spell, will graduate from the marriage and family therapy graduate program in August, and she said he would be applying for jobs both in and out of Abilene.
“We’re not sure where we’re going to be or what we’re going to be doing,” Spell said.
Because of that, even if they stay in Abilene, Spell said she will not be the coordinator anymore because she is also expecting a baby in October-in the middle of social club pledging season.
Dr. Wayne Barnard, dean of Campus Life, said he has not determined what will be done to fill the position yet, but he will look into it during the coming weeks.
Spell said she and her husband began talking in December about what they would do in the fall. She said she has not talked to Barnard about what role she could fill if she does stay in Abilene because her situation is undecided.
Spell, who began working with social clubs in 2001, said she feels good about her time spent at ACU.
“It’s really been very rewarding to see it through three years of changes-changes in the way I feel about the job,” Spell said. “At first it was very challenging.”
She said the relationships she has made with students and club advisers have been one of the most rewarding parts of the job.
“The students who are now going to be presidents next year were freshmen when I started working with social clubs,” Spell said. “It’s been really neat to see them move through the process and really build relationships with them through those years while they were pledging, while they were members and now that they’re becoming the leaders of their clubs.”