The Residence Life staff is made up of the Dean of Residential Life, an Assistant Director, the Resident Director, the Administrtive Assistant for Residence Life, and twenty Resident Assistants (RAs). The Residence Life staff works together to provide a positive residence life experience. The mission of the Office of Residence Life is to create a residential community that supports the College’s mission and Catholic identity, and encourages academic achievement and personal growth within the community formed by the Benedictine Hallmarks. The Office strives to foster a welcoming, diverse, and supportive living and learning community which facilitates and edifies mutual respect, responsibility, integrity, compassion, and generosity as residents develop as holistic citizens.
The RL staff members are available for assistance around the clock. You will see the RL staff out and about campus at all hours of the day and night conducting periodic campus rounds (social, maintenance, & safety) to ensure residents’ needs are met. We want every student to feel welcome, so do not be surprised when we stop by to say hello. In addition, while on duty, we perform administrative tasks, maintain lobby common areas, and handle policy violations. They are your greatest resource while living on campus and have been hired to enhance your experience as well as support you when needed.
The professional staff is individuals who chose to work in this field for their career. They have several years of experience and advanced training in residence life. Remember that they were once where you are now, they were once college students, too! The professional staff has a passion for Residence Life and strongly believes in what they do. They all came to the Abbey because they believe in who the college is and what it stands for. They are here to serve you and make sure that your experience is all it can be. They will provide guidance and supervision to the Resident Assistants, and are responsible for helping students connect to the campus. These professionals are responsible for the residence halls and the complete management of the halls. They are happy to meet with students; so, if you have questions or concerns, just stop by the office. Most often you will be able to see someone right away. Their offices are located in O’Connell Hall in the Office of Residence Life.
Resident Assistants are paraprofessional, current BAC student leaders who range from Sophomores to Seniors.
The RAs are trained to handle a wide range of situations. Whether you need a shoulder to cry on, need to report a maintenance concern, have a roommate problem, and find yourself in a little bit of trouble, they are there for you. You will find them extremely willing to assist you in any way. They are student leaders, strong students, and believe in Belmont Abbey College.
RAs live throughout the campus and are responsible for a certain number of residents which he or she lives among. RAs provide peer support, community development activities, programming, and policy enforcement. Getting to know your RA can be one of the most valuable resources for campus living at the Abbey.
Renee Agner, Dean of Residential Life
Meagan Gitchell, Housing Coordinator
John Ascik, Resident Director
Deborah Salman, Administrative Assistant for Residence Life
Tom MacAlester, Dean of Student Life
Cathy Comeau, Coordinator of Student Life
Office Phone Number: (704) 461-6893