What is your current job title and responsibilities?
Vice President, Student Development and Enrollment Services
What is your history at UCF? (past job titles, responsibilities)
Assistant Dean, Academic Development and Retention, Division of Enrollment and Academic Services (1994 – 1998) – Responsible for implementing the first UCF Retention Plan and creating centralized academic advising and academic support enterprise to foster first year student success by creating the Office of First Year Advising and restructuring Academic Services for Student-Athletes (ASSA), Multicultural Student Services and the Student Academic Resource Center (SARC).
Associate Vice President, Academic Development and Retention, Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services (1998-2004) – Provided leadership and support for offices of the Registrar, Career Services, Counseling Center, Retention Data Services, ASSA, National Consortium for Academics and Support, Student Disability Services, SARC, University Testing Center, First Year Transitions that included First Year Advising and Information Services, Transfer and Transition Services, and Orientation Services.
Vice President, Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services (2004-present) – Provide leadership and support for a comprehensive division that includes academic support, first year transitions, housing and residence life, student rights and responsibilities, community support, student life, university support services and wellness.
What is your favorite UCF memory?
The events that transpired with students and the community to include gender identity and gender expression as categories in UCF’s Non-Discrimination; Affirmative Action Regulation and the commitment in SDES to have all employees complete the diversity training certificate within three years.
If you could change one thing at UCF, what would it be? ($ and time no object)
Establish a robust student mentoring program with incentives that would involve faculty, staff members and students in coaching and encouraging all new freshmen, transfers, and seniors through key transition points to reach their full potential and success at UCF and beyond.
What is one piece of advice you would like to share with your colleagues?
Watch and listen for doors to open and walk through them to new opportunities and challenges. You never know who will be instrumental in creating a pathway to your success.
What is your favorite restaurant or food?
Hot Dog Heaven (once in a while!)
What is your favorite book or movie or song?
Pears on a Willow Tree by Leslie Pietrzky, a novel about four generations of mothers and daughters of Polish ancestry which is reminiscent of my upbringing.
What is your dream vacation spot?
A secluded, non-commercial beach where I can swim in beautiful water and sit in the surf reading a mystery novel.
What is your favorite sport to watch or participate?
I am a UCF Knight and wear my black and gold proudly.
If UCF was going to name something in your honor, what would you like it to be?
The Maribeth Ehasz Student Success Center
If you could have lunch with anyone at UCF, who would you choose and why?
Martha Hitt, UCF First Lady, to hear about the rise of UCF prominence from her eyes.
Who at UCF would you like to thank for your success?
President John Hitt for making student success a priority at UCF; understanding that enrollment is more than entering the university but more importantly progressing and graduating; and for providing me with the opportunity to lead an amazing and talented team committed to keeping students in school, helping them to live ethically and be healthy.
Name and describe a teacher from you past who truly inspired you.
Sister Rita, my 9th grade homeroom teacher, who inspired me and encouraged me by asking the question, “What do you want to do by the time you graduate?” And I answered, “You mean that I can do anything that I want?” and she said, “YES!” This was the beginning of my life long quest to question, explore and experience! As a footnote, I ended up doing everything that I shared with her the day she asked the question!
What undergraduate class/program inspired you the most and why?
Philosophy because it taught me how to reason and find ways to illustrate my point through examples that others could understand better.