It takes a lot of people to make Mercer University the institution that it is. The students have and always will be the lifeblood of our University, but Mercer wouldn’t be Mercer without expert faculty members to pass on their knowledge and highly skilled staff members to manage day-to-day operations. Our “Worker Bears” series highlights the Mercer employees who work tirelessly, often behind the scenes, to care for our University and our students.
Meet Michele Josey
Title: Administrative assistant to the vice president and dean of students for the Office of Student Affairs in Macon
How long she’s worked at Mercer: Since 2009. She worked in Housing and Residence Life for five years before moving to Student Affairs.
What she does: Josey schedules appointments and manages calendars for Dr. Doug Pearson, vice president and dean of students, and Dr. Samantha W. Murfree, assistant vice president for Student Affairs. Dr. Pearson is the adviser for SGA, and Josey works closely with students involved in SGA, helping to plan events such as Pilgrimage to Penfield, the Christmas Tree Lighting and Founders’ Day. She also plans the Baccalaureate ceremony each year.
In addition, Josey communicates with staff across the various departments of Student Affairs in Macon and Atlanta, which include Housing and Residence Life, Counseling and Psychological Services, Recreational Sports and Wellness, TRIO programs, Access and Accommodations, Office of Student Conduct Resolution, Center for Community Engagement, Campus Life, Center for Career and Professional Development, and Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives.
“I make sure that our office runs efficiently and smoothly. I’m in constant contact with the directors,” she said.
What she loves most about her work: “What I like most about my job is the people I work with and the students that I get to work with. The one thing that really stands out in my mind at Mercer is I’ve never run across anybody who was outwardly mean. All of our coworkers seem like they enjoy what they do and are pleasant to be around. I just like all the people at Mercer. I enjoy not only the people in my division but the people outside my division. And every day is different. I don’t deal with the same thing every day, and that makes it interesting.”