• Residence Life Staff

    Director of Residence Life

    Under the supervision of the Dean of Students, the Director of Residential Life provides overall leadership and administration for the department including strategic planning and goal setting, policies and procedures, staff supervision, budget management, risk management, and the development and assessment of co-curricular initiatives and services designed to advance student success.

    • Caleb Steed

      Title of your position: Director of Residence Life
      Years of service @ HSU: 5 years
      Degrees Earned: BBA in Finance from HSU and MA in Family Ministry from HSU

      What do you love most about Student Life at HSU?
      I love making sure the transition for students throughout college life goes as smoothly as possible. With academics, social life, spiritual formation, and much more, university life is one of the most impactful times in a person’s life. I am happy to be a part of this time for students and parents! I could not be more excited to see how students connect to Hardin-Simmons University.

      What is your favorite part about your job as a DRL?
      The best part of my job is team building. Alongside RAs, RDs, and students, I love planning and organizing teams to make sure the student experience is fantastic. I think Hardin-Simmons University is a place that students can learn from one another and shape how they want their experience to be while attending. We always want students to ask the hard questions and expect to have a great time.

      How would you describe our unique HSU Student Life experience?
      HSU has been my home for the past nine years. I came here as a student, met my wife, and graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. I love Hardin-Simmons University and want the same experiences I had for every student that decides to make HSU home. Many things are in the works at HSU and as an alumni and professional; I am excited to see what HSU becomes in the years to come.

      What is something that “geeks you out!”?
      I LOVE cooking…Mexican, Chinese, American, you name it. I love trying to cook it all. I am a Food Network snob and I love to try making a dish that was featured on that channel. If I go to a new town, my first search is to see if any restaurants in the area have been featured.

      What are some things you enjoy about living in Abilene?
      My favorite thing in Abilene is the small town feel with still plenty of things to do. I love going to the zoo to see my animal friends, the Paramount to catch an old movie, or to Art Walk every first Thursday of the month. At the same time people, churches, and businesses know they are working with people and that comes out in their customer service.

    Residence Director

    The Residence Director (RD) is a full-time, live-in staff employee of Hardin-Simmons University. These staff members are committed to shaping your experience at HSU through personal development, intellectual engagement and spiritual formation.

    • Kori Bowen

      Title of your position: Area Coordinator
      Years of service @ HSU: 1 year
      Degrees Earned: BBS in Communication (Public Relations and Advertising) and Masters in Divinity (Cross Cultural Interaction)

      What do you love most about Student Life at HSU?
      The thing I absolutely love the most about Student Life is that we are always trying to find ways to make it better for our students. Many of our current students, faculty and staff are committed to cultivating our unique community. Even a good idea can always be improved, and every opinion has a place at the table.

      What is your favorite part about your job as an AC?
      My absolute favorite part of my job is developing a student community that includes and welcomes everyone. I love exploring new ways to get more students involved in shaping their own HSU experience. There is nothing better than belonging to a community that is inspired by those that belong to it, and, in this case, it’s the HSU student.

      How would you describe our unique HSU Student Life experience?
      If you choose to engage with it, our unique Student Life experience will change your life. We hope to help you cultivate direction and relationships while you are living with us. Because there is no Student Life without students, our experience will shape you if you choose to invest in it.

      What is something that “geeks you out!”?
      I absolutely love travel and learning about other cultures! I have traveled all over the world and I love drinking in different sights, smells, and tastes. I love learning from people who do life differently from me. Nothing fascinates me more.

      What are some things you enjoy about living in Abilene?
      Abilene manages to balance the characteristics of a city with a small town feel. I think it’s the best of both worlds! I can eat at a small local joint (like Bogies) and grab Starbucks with a friend in the same afternoon. I run into familiar faces all the time yet feel like I’m constantly meeting new people. Abilene is a great place to call home.

    • Timothy R. Schmidt:

      Title of your position: Resident Director
      Years of service @ HSU: 5 years
      Degrees Earned: Bachelor of Business Administration (2006) and Master of Business Administration (2011)

      What do you love most about Student Life at HSU?
      I have been a part of Student Life at HSU since 2002, when I came here as a Freshman. The University pours so much time, energy, and resources into the lives of the students! I love the commitment to Student Life here at HSU!

      What is your favorite part about your job as an RD?
      As an RD, I am living amongst the students and have an opportunity to be a part of their lives. My RDs spoke so much encouragement and truth into my life here at HSU, I greatly enjoy getting to do the same for our current students.

      How would you describe our unique HSU Student Life experience?
      HSU is a small community and yet there is more than enough room for everyone! There are so many places for students to plug-in and utilize their talents and abilities. If you have a passion for something, we have a place for you to lead and inspire others in that area.

      What is something that “geeks you out!”?
      I am deeply passionate about the study of Leadership, and how leaders are called to impact the lives of people around them. I am easily drawn into conversations about leadership, management, HSU history, and shooting sports.

      What are some things you enjoy about living in Abilene?
      I have lived in Abilene full time since 2005, and have come to love this city. The local culture is so unique and welcoming to college students. While Abilene is a small city, there is still plenty to do when I am with my friends and family.

    • Haley Higbee

      Title of your position: Residence Director
      Years of service @ HSU: New Hire
      Degrees Earned: Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communications and Public Relations

      What do you love most about Student Life at HSU?
      I love that in every way, we are all trying to tie each part of Student Life together. We aren’t separated into different groups like student organizations or Baptist Student Ministry, we’re all one big family who wants students to succeed and have the best college experience possible.

      What is your favorite part about your job as an RD?
      My favorite part about being an RD is that I get to be in constant communication with students. Doing life with students in the best part of this job and there’s no better place to be than in the residence halls with the students.

      How would you describe our unique HSU Student Life experience?
      I think Hardin-Simmons Student Life is different because the RDs fall under Student Life here. I love that I get to be involved with students every day and help connect them to different student organizations or groups here on campus, which isn’t the same at other universities.

      What is something that “geeks you out?!”
      Two of my favorite things in the world are coffee and traveling. I absolutely love coffee. I love drinking a good, sweet cup of coffee and trying all the different types. I also love to travel any chance I get. I love riding in planes or cars. I love meeting new people and being in different environments every once and a while. One of my goals is to go to every continent in my life time.

      What are some things you enjoy about living in Abilene?
      I like that Abilene has a lot to do, but it’s not a big city. I grew up in Arlington and it was always crazy with traffic and people and everything. I like Abilene because you get a little taste of that, which is just the right amount.

    • John McCormick

      Title of your position: Residence Director
      Years of service @ HSU: 2 years
      Degrees Earned: BBS Psychology Minor in Exercise Science

      What do you love most about Student Life at HSU?
      I love the variety of programs that we offer. Coming in as a non-traditional student could have been difficult, but because of the close knit atmosphere and the assortment of programs available here at HSU, I was able to find my fit and thrive.

      What is your favorite part about your job as an RD?
      I love the freedom we have to connect to students. We are able to build relationships rather than just watching over them.

      How would you describe our unique HSU Student Life experience?
      There are so many things going on here on campus, it is actually difficult not to find something that you can plug into. Chances are if you’re into something, we offer a program for it, and if we don’t offer we are very supportive with student’s efforts to start new programs.

      What is something that “geeks you out!”?
      I love to learn about new things. If you look at my computer at any given moment, chances are there are several tabs opened to random and seemingly unrelated Google searches.

      What are some things you enjoy about living in Abilene?
      I have had the opportunity to live in many places around the world, and I can honestly say that Abilene is one of my favorites. Abilene’s atmosphere is one that allows you to relax and just take in all that it has to offer. We have a small town feel while still possessing the amenities of a much larger city.

    Resident Assistant

    The Resident Assistant (RA) will assist the Resident Director in maintaining housing policies and procedures. They will be living in your wing and fostering community in the ResHalls. Students just like you, our RA’s are your first line of communication for any questions or concerns that might arise while you are living with us.

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