Jon Driggers elevated to Vice President of Student Development

October 31, 2014

Lees-McRae is proud to announce Jon Driggers has been promoted to Vice President of Student Development, effective October 2014.

“This elevation reflects my appreciation and recognition of his leadership in elevating the student experience at Lees-McRae,” said President Barry M. Buxton. “He has proven to be an invaluable member of our Bobcat family.”

A dynamic staff member, Driggers, who is also the Dean of Students, has been with the College since August 2013. Prior to Lees-McRae, he was most recently the Associate Dean of Campus Life & New Student Programs at Erskine College in Due West, S.C. Driggers came to Lees-McRae with more than sixteen years of experience working in higher education including previous appointments as Dean of Students at South University-Columbia and Coker College, and Area Coordinator at Clemson University. Drawing on his past experience, Dean Driggers is committed to focusing his energy and experience on helping all members of the campus community flourish during their time at Lees-McRae.

Driggers earned his bachelor of science in exercise science from Lander University and in 2014 he was named Young Alumnus of the Year at Lander. He continued on to earn his master’s degree in College Student Development at nearby Appalachian State University.

As the Vice President of Student Development, Driggers oversees all Student Development personnel and functions, including Campus Life/Recreation, Counseling Services, Health Services, Student Housing, and the Student Recreation Center.

Since joining the Bobcat family a little more than one year ago, Driggers has made noticeable improvements in the area of Student Development. In addition to many other accomplishments, he has reorganized the residence hall room selection process, revamped the student orientation leader training process, implemented a biannual quality of life survey to assess needs and concerns of students, and implemented a campus-wide Student Appreciation Day. He is also in the process of revamping the Student Government Association and has recently instituted monthly open forums with various campus leaders.

Driggers recently completed a three year position as Co-chair for Candidate Services at the Placement Exchange, a national partnership promoting job placement for professionals in higher education. He has held national student affairs leadership positions and served as President of the South Carolina Personnel Association. He has presented at the national, regional and state levels, created Student Success curriculum and taught classes in Career Planning, Student Success and Leadership.

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Driggers during his speech as the 2014 convocation speaker