Dr. Rhonda Mingo
Interdisciplinary Studies, Marketing and Speech Communication, 1995
“From the moment I visited the USC Aiken campus I knew it was the place for me. I’m a first generation college student, and I’m so glad my mom encouraged me to consider USC Aiken,” remembers Dr. Rhonda Mingo. “USC Aiken prepared me in every way for my profession and educational studies. I was challenged in the classroom in my business and communication courses. My success in my graduate work was a result of the foundation created at USC Aiken.”
As fate would have it, Dr. Mingo was meant to be in higher education well past her years as a student. She now loves working with students, and it shows. She was recently promoted from the position of Assistant Dean of Students to the Dean of Community Life, and she is thrilled with the new challenge. In her new position she supervises more areas than before and has joined the Senior Leadership Team for the college.
“Working at a smaller private institution means there's a lot of variety and flexibility to my work. I work with and supervise the areas of residential life, student activities, judicial programs, student development and support,” she explains. “I thrive on student interaction. I love that a great deal of the work I do is grounded in supporting students on their journey. It's truly what keeps me in the profession.”
Dr. Mingo says she equally enjoys and is challenged by the ever-changing climate of higher education, but ultimately it’s about the difference she can make in a young person’s life. “I want my students to remember that I always strived to be in their corner. I love being an advocate for students and their needs.”
As appeared in USC Aiken Magazine 2015