Brenau University has named Amanda Lammers its new vice president for student services with interim responsibilities for managing all enrollment activities for undergraduate and graduate students.
Reporting directly to Brenau University President Ed Schrader, Lammers primarily oversees all activities, services and facilities for several hundred residential students at Brenau Women’s College in Gainesville. In addition to services that apply only to the residential students, she also oversees for all students services such as student activities, career counseling, student retention and wellness.
Lammers, who was formerly dean of students, additionally takes on responsibilities as interim vice president for enrollment services – overseeing all marketing and administrative activities associated with recruiting, admitting and enrolling undergraduate and graduate students.
“She has continued to grow and demonstrate competence and accomplishment in her chosen field,” said Schrader. “We are enthusiastic and grateful that she has agreed to further her career here at Brenau.”
Her appointment comes at a pivotal time for Brenau. The university just last week approved an $8 million construction program to replace four sorority houses on the Women’s College campus in Gainesville, remodeling two more sorority houses and building a new general residence hall. At the same time Brenau is aggressively investing in expansions of nontraditional coeducational undergraduate and graduate programs in Gainesville, its other campuses around Georgia and online.
Both present enormous opportunities and challenges, said Lammers.
“With the number of single-gender institutions in the United States in steep decline, Brenau Women’s College has to maintain the stability and growth that it has experienced in the last decade,” she said. “ We have to get the nontraditional students that are scattered around the region on different campuses and also online around the world more and more engaged with Brenau as their school, their university.”
A native of Cleveland, Ga.–which is close to Brenau’s main campus in Gainesville, Ga.– Lammers graduated from White County High School 1994. She earned a bachelor of Science degree in psychology for North Georgia College and State University (now the University of North Georgia) where she was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority.
She also has a Master of Education from Clemson University. She is pursuing a Doctor of Education degree at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa – a hybrid online/on campus program similar to many courses of study at Brenau that recruit and serve students like her.
Lammers began her career with Brenau in 2006 as the director of student life and leadership. She has advised Honor Court, the Student Government Association and Brenau’s Leadership Program. She has worked with all student organizations, the highly successful first-year program and the university’s multicultural programs.
“Being offered the job of vice president of student services is really a dream come true for me,” Lammers said. “I am honored to be chosen and to be a part of the esteemed group of people who lead this university. I have thoroughly enjoyed my seven years here, and I look forward to many, many more. Brenau is a special place.”
Scott Briell, Lammers’ predecessor and mentor, oversaw both the enrollment management and student services functions for several years after they were combined upon the resignation of the person previously in charge of student services. When Briell left last month to take a position at Iowa Wesleyan College, Brenau re-established the previous system and is now actively recruiting a vice president for enrollment. Although the enrollment management and student services functions are quite different, Schrader said that Lammers, who served as Briell’s deputy in overseeing both, is the appropriate choice for the interim roll in enrollment as well as the permanent role in student services.
Lammers is the daughter of Jewell Brookshire of Indialantic, Fla., and Gary and Jennie Duvall of Cleveland, Ga. Her grandparents are Horace and Eunice Duvall, also of Cleveland, and the late Barnett and Dora Mae Chastain of Sautee, Ga.
She and her husband Chris Lammers have two sons: Chase, 12, and Noel, 6. In her spare time, she is a Middle School Youth Group leader at St. Mark Catholic Church in Clarkesville, Ga.