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Division Spotlight: Aaryne Elias

Posted by: Jennifer Stevens | April 23, 2014 | No Comment |


Aaryne Elias, Business Affairs and Facilities Planning

Briefly describe your role.

I serve in two roles. As Facilities Planning Coordinator, I manage the capital project planning system and write proposals in order to gain state-level capital project approvals. I also manage the space database, consult on space issues, and serve as liaison to CHE, the General Assembly, and the Governor’s office on facilities issues. As Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President for Business Affairs, Steve Osborne, I research and compile information on a variety of issues to prepare the EVP for meetings and presentations. I also manage his calendar and the Division’s main office.

What is the function of your department?

Facilities Planning is responsible for developing and implementing the long‐range facilities plan, including property acquisitions, new construction, and major renovations.

How long have you been working at the College?

It will be two years in August.

What brought you to the College?

I was finishing my Master of Public Administration degree through Clemson and was looking for a professional position in the public sector, preferably in Charleston.  When a position in the Business Affairs office opened up, I jumped at the chance to get my foot in the door of my alma mater.

What do you like most about your job?

Since working in Facilities Planning, I have developed a new appreciation for all the hard work and resources that go into maintaining our beautiful campus. It is really neat to be able to see the physical manifestation of our capital projects, and it’s rewarding to know I played a tiny part in making them happen.

What are some of your favorite memories from the College?

I have so many great memories of my time here as a student – interesting speakers, challenging assignments, and fun social events. I really like the idea that my work contributes to the experiences of future generations of students.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I spent seven years in the hospitality industry, which fostered my love for dining, cooking, wine and food in general.  I love to travel and experience different cultures.  I also like to read, particularly creative non-fiction.

What is something that your colleagues would be surprised to learn about you?

The year before I joined the CofC staff, I was living and working in Tirana, Albania as a public diplomacy intern at the American Embassy.  I worked on community outreach initiatives in conjunction with the local schools and civil society organizations. I also managed the embassy’s social media outreach, which included tweeting under the name of the Ambassador.

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