A final interview with Jan Brewton, Director of Business and Auxiliary Services
How long have you been working at the College?
14 years. It’s hard to believe – it went by so quickly.
Have you always been in your current position? If not, what other roles have you held?
I started at the College in 2002 working in Business Affairs Special Projects. I looked at Higher Education as a different type of industry – my previous 21 years had been spent in finance for a high tech company. My first project was to pull together the Operating Statement for a bond re-financing – that was a crash course in higher education statistics. Then I was tapped to be the College liaison to transition our self-op bookstore to a contracted out store. I had never even been in our bookstore before I walked through with Follett’s transition team!
What brought you to the College? What kept you here?
I moved to Folly Beach fulfilling a dream in 2001. I enjoyed taking some time off and walking on the beach every day. But the itch to get back in the game came back and I noticed an ad for a Special Projects Coordinator at the College. During my interview, I was asked if I had any questions about parking – I naively said no. I had never worked at a company that did not have large, free parking lots!
What are some of your favorite memories from over the years?
The beauty of the campus, the comradery of everyone in Business Affairs, the joy of having operational as well as financial responsibilities, my colleagues, and most recently being #7 on the 14 Things only a College of Charleston Student would Know List – my new nickname: JBrew!
What have you enjoyed most about working at the College?
The ability to really make a difference and working with my incredible staff! Seeing some of my visions turn into a reality through the many projects I have seen to completion. I am so very proud of City Bistro!
If there’s any sort of advice you’d like to share with your colleagues, what would it be?
Don’t put off your dreams. My husband and I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively over the years. I believe in working hard and playing hard. Charleston is a beautiful city surrounded by water – I never get tired of crossing a bridge and seeing the marsh.
What are your plans now?
Heading to St. Kitts in February for a long vacation, then some down time as we wait for spring. Making spur of the moment plans with my friends. Walks on the beach and watching the sun set with a glass of wine!