Interim Associate Vice President for Facilities and Operations
When Sean Greene arrived at Washington State University in 1999 for a graduate assistantship in University Recreation, he didn’t know he was embarking on a 21-year career at WSU that would involve leadership roles in recreation, the Compton Union Building, Dining and Housing Services. It is that varied and unique blend of professional experiences that make him an excellent fit for the interim associate vice president position, which oversees the facilities and operations of the Division of Student Affairs.
Over the span of his career at WSU, Greene has been part of six major capital projects, including the Student Recreation Center (SRC), SRC Backyard, Palouse Ridge Golf Course, CUB, Chinook Student Center, and the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center.
A big part of his responsibility now is to provide leadership to keep those facilities functional, clean and safe for students.
“My goal is to provide quality spaces that help facilitate quality interactions between students and Student Affairs staff,” Greene said. “It is during those interactions that the magic happens.”
He is excited that his new role allows him to influence what he calls “the best parts” of the student experience—where they eat, sleep, exercise, study and relax.
“I’m grateful for this opportunity to help students make deeper connections with the university, which results in a more memorable student experience overall,” he said.
Sean believes it is important to stay connected with new developments in auxiliary services nationally and is active in many professional organizations, including the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS), Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I), Association of College Unions International (ACUI), and is reconnecting with NIRSA–Leaders in Collegiate Recreation. Locally, he is a new member of the Bookie Advisory Board, whose mission is to help support the academic pursuits of students.
“Sean has a long track record of prioritizing the student voice in decision making and I’m very pleased to have his continued leadership in this interim role,” said Mary Jo Gonzales, Vice President of Student Affairs.
Greene holds an MBA from WSU, an MA in higher education and administration from the University of Alabama, and a BA in finance from the University of Nebraska. Reflecting on his student experience at WSU and how his MBA has enhanced his career, he knows that WSU is a special place and is dedicated to helping students get the most out of their time on the Palouse.