SORC hires assistant director
Published: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 20, 2013 23:10
On Oct. 14, Carter Warden started work in the Student Organization Resource Center as the assistant director of student activities, which is a recently created position in the SORC.
During his time as a student, Warden received his associate’s degree in automotive technology, a bachelor’s degree in religion and sociology, and then went on to get his master of arts in administration, small group leadership and worship arts from Emmanuel School of Religion.
He has lived in the East Tennessee area for 45 years and has been paying attention to ETSU for a while now. Warden believes he has always been drawn to higher education and feels that the pursuit of knowledge is vital to personal development and professional potential.
“After deciding I wanted to be part of ETSU and its growth and development, I checked for job openings from time to time,” Warden said. “When I read the job description and responsibilities for the open position of assistant director of student activities, I knew I had to apply.”
Warden has had a variety of work experience from customer service and sales in the automotive industry to marketing, purchasing and contract negotiation in the entertainment industry. He has also had executive administration and project management experience.
As assistant director, Warden’s main responsibilities include providing leadership and support of the student activities and Student Affairs program, student leadership advising and development primarily with the Student Government Association, and leadership for the planning, marketing and production of major annual events and theme weeks.
“I joke that I went from ministry to SORCery,” Warden said, referring to the acronym for the Student Organization Resource Center.
He said he hopes to encourage a sense of community through activities and organizations that will enhance student life and involvement, and to promote the values of integrity, critical thinking, diversity and engagement. He also hopes to promote student retention and student engagement.
“I want the students of ETSU to enjoy a truly transformational educational experience while they are on campus as part of the ETSU family,” Warden said.
Making sure the students gain something from Warden being the new assistant director isn’t the only thing he’s interested in.
“I already feel a sense of pride and purpose joining the ETSU family and I hope to contribute positively to this great institution as we focus on the success of our students,” Warden said.