Bernie Liang is returning to Seattle University as the new director of Student Activities, Michele Murray, associate vice president for Student Development announced this week. “In this key leadership role, Bernie will provide a comprehensive vision for an engaging campus life that supports the co-curricular needs of undergraduate and graduate students,” she wrote. He begins July 6.
Liang’s Seattle University ties run deep. He received a master’s in SU’s Student Development Administration program. He also served as hall director for Xavier. For the past eight years, he has held leadership positions in campus programming, most recently serving four years as associate director for Student Involvement at the University of Washington-Tacoma.
“Colleagues admire Bernie for his ability to collaborate across the university and for his skills as a supervisor and mentor,” wrote Murray. “Above all, Bernie is committed to the development of all students and uses his professional capabilities to ensure a healthy, holistic experience.”
“I'm excited to be coming back to Seattle University,” Liang said. “SU provides an outstanding and unique educational experience not only for its students, but also for its faculty and staff. I’m proud to be part of the campus community once again.”
In his new role, Liang will provide a comprehensive vision for an engaging campus life that supports the co-curricular needs of undergraduate and graduate students. He succeeds Tim Wilson, who in March became assistant to the vice president for Student Development.
In her campus-wide e-mail, Murray acknowledged the search committee, which included Shawn Farrell (Athletics), Claudia Garcia (Graduate Student Council), Sabina Neem (Office of Multicultural Affairs), Patrick Rossmann (Student Activities) and Bree Van Ness (Student Events and Activities Council). She also thanked Renata Opoczynski for serving as interim director during the search. Opoczynski leaves SU next month to pursue her doctoral studies at Michigan State University.