Glidden named new director of campus living

Mark Glidden, the new director of campus living, demonstrates the use of a fire extinguisher during the RA fire training at UALR's West Hall.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has named Marc Glidden its new director of campus living and assistant dean of students.

“This position plays a vital role in the student affairs team,” Glidden said. “I am grateful for the campus living staff as they have been through many changes within the past year. I believe that having a well-rounded staff that supports each other and remembers to keep our students at the heart of our policies and processes is the key to being successful.”

Glidden also thanked Rikki Turner, assistant vice provost for student affairs, and Dr. Brad Patterson, vice provost for student affairs, for the support he has received during his transition.

In his new role, Glidden oversees the Office of Campus Living, including the Campus Living Leadership Team, and manages a budget of nearly $9 million. He plans to design and implement a strategic plan, which includes initiatives from resident learning outcomes to large scale facilities projects.

“Campus living strives to create a positive and meaningful experience for our residents,” he said. “We strive to integrate faculty and staff from outside of our office into the residence halls to bridge the gap between learning and living. I believe that UALR is a growing community of on-campus students and I am excited about the future of the Office of Campus Living here at UALR.”

Marc Glidden
Marc Glidden

The ability to work with students as they come in for orientation and watch them graduate four years later is the reason that Glidden enjoys working in student affairs, he said.

In 2014, Glidden started at UALR as the assistant director of student housing, where he oversaw UALR’s University Village apartment complex.

Prior to UALR, he served as a resident advisor at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and a residence hall director at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from East Carolina University and a Master of Arts in higher education administrative services from McKendree University. He is also pursuing a doctorate in criminal justice from UALR.

Glidden is also an instructor in the UALR Department of Criminal Justice, a member of the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers, and recipient of the Arkansas Student Affairs Association 2015 Charles W. Donaldson Outstanding New Professional Award.

In the upper right photo, Marc Glidden, the new director of campus living, demonstrates the use of a fire extinguisher during a training session at UALR’s West Hall. Photo by Lonnie Timmons III/UALR Communications. 

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