UH is searching for the position of executive director of University Career Services, and three finalists have emerged as serious candidates.
James Dixey, the first candidate, has served for the past 11 years as director of Graduate Business Career Services at the Mays Business School of Texas A&M University. He also served as assistant dean and director of career management within the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., from 2002 to 2003.
Dixey holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a focus in history and a master’s in business management.
He met with students Thursday and Friday in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center to answer questions and concerns about his desire to come to UH. During the meeting, Dixey said the opportunity to impact students attracted him to the executive director position.
“Most students don’t have a clear understanding of the marketplace or hiring,” Dixey said. “My expectations would be to develop a career center that realizes that we live in a hyper-connected world.”
The second candidate, Marthe Golden, has spent the last year directing the University of Chicago’s Office of Student and Employment Services. During the last nine years, she has also served as the University of Chicago’s senior associate director of employer relations and development, associate director of strategic communications and outreach and director and senior assistant director of events and marketing.
Golden received her bachelor’s in English from Fordham University in New York City in 2002 and her master’s in liberal arts from the University of Chicago in 2008.
Golden will meet with faculty, staff and students Monday and Tuesday. At 2 p.m. Tuesday, she will present an open forum at the Recreation Center Rotunda Room 1004 for anyone interested in her ideas for the position.
Monica Thompson, the final candidate for the UCS executive director, is currently assistant director of internal operations at the University of Texas at Austin — a position she has held since 2001. In 1999, she earned the title of project manager at INROADS, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the career development of underprivileged youth. She maintained the position for two years.
Thompson earned a bachelor’s in business administration at Texas State University and a master’s in human resources development at Texas A&M University. In addition, she received certifications in project management and mediation at the University of Texas.
Thompson will be on campus to speak with students at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the University Center North Impact Room 113 and 2 p.m. Friday in the Synergy Room 212.
Maxwell said he hopes to appoint the new executive director soon after the visits.
“Concluding the last candidate on campus … I will make a decision, confer with (Student Affairs and Enrollment Services Vice Chancellor Richard) Walker and offer the successful candidate the opportunity to join the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services as our new executive director,” Maxwell said.
“Ideally, I would like for someone to start between June 1 and July 1. It would be great to have them on campus for the majority of the summer in preparation of the new school year.”