Residence Life & Housing Staff

All residence halls have student and/or full-time staff members living in them. Staff members are responsible for helping establish and maintain an environment which is supportive of the academic mission of the college and which encourages the development of all students.

What is an Assistant Director (AD)? 

Assistant Directors are full-time professional, live-in staff members responsible for the overall operation of the residence halls. They have graduate degrees in student development or a related field and have had previous experience working with college students and student groups. 

What is a Resident Advisor (RA)?

A Resident Advisor is an undergraduate student serving on the residence life staff who is responsible for a number of residents. The RA assists in the social, educational, cultural, and community development of students on the floor and in the residence hall. The RA serves as a resource for campus services, community builders, programmers, and administrators and helps promote our mission to provide students with safe and comfortable living environment. The RA spends a significant amount of time getting to know residents as individuals and generating enthusiasm in bringing students together to create floor and hall communities.

What is a Head Resident Advisor (HRA)?

A Head Resident Advisor does everything a RA does; but has additional responsibilities like advising Neighborhood Council and assisting the ADs in all their work. 

What is a Greek Resident Manager (GRM)?

The GRM assists in social, educational, cultural development of greek students. A GRM is an undergraduate staff member who is directly responsible for the operation of the fraternity and sorority areas in regard to room inventories, damages, roster reconciliation and physical plant/housekeeping needs.

Meet the Professional Staff

Jimmy R. Whited
Director of Residence Life & Housing

Jimmy has been working professionally in the residence life & housing field of higher education for over 20 years.  While earning his dual undergrad degrees and his Master's Degree at Jacksonville State University, he served as an RA, a graduate hall director, and as the director of the residence hall judiciary board.  Here at Roanoke College, Jimmy supervises the Greek resident managers for the fraternities and sororities and the head resident advisor for the Elizabeth Campus.

Amanda Beard
Associate Director

Amanda oversees the housing processes for the Residence Life & Housing Office.  She is the point of contact for questions about housing selection, room changes, card access, and room key issues.  In addition, Amanda manages the front desk student staff in the Residence Life & Housing Office.  Amanda served as an RA during her undergrad career at Radford University and is currently pursuing her Master's Degree from the University of Mary Baldwin.

Kendall Tate
Assistant Director

Kendall Tate is the Assistant Director for the Southside Neighborhood consisting of Chalmers, Marion, Crawford, Bartlett, Smith and the Wortmann Complex (Blue Ridge, Shenandoah, and Tabor) from the Westside. Kendall obtained her undergraduate degree from Salem College in Diplomatic Affairs and Religion and her graduate degree from American University in Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights with a concentration in Religious Ideologies. Most recently, Kendall worked as the Area Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion at Shenandoah University.  In this role, she coordinated diversity and inclusion trainings for professional and para-professional staff, collaboratively worked with campus partners including the Mosaic Center for Diversity, Center for Civic Engagement, Department of Athletics, and the Office of Spiritual Life to develop inclusive programming for diverse student populaces, and served as the advisor for the Black Student Union. Kendall has also worked as a Resident Manager at Wesley Theological Seminary as well as a Residence Hall Director and Resident Counselor.  

Rachael Clark
Assistant Director

Rachael oversees the Northside Neighborhood consisting of the CBR Complex (Caldwell, Beamer, Ritter), New Hall, and Sections (Wells, Yonce, Fox) as well as Afton Apartments and Catawba Hall from the Westside Neighborhood. Rachael received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Flagler College in 2014, a Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University in 2015, and joined the Roanoke College community in 2016 as an AD. She decided to explore another career opportunity in student conduct in 2020, but ultimately decided to return to Roanoke in 2021.  She is a two-time recipient of SEAHO Service Award for the Commonwealth of Virginia and has been an active member of VACUHO. Rachael serves as a RAD Self Defense instructor on campus and enjoys fostering meaningful relationships with students! Rachael also enjoys camping, kayaking, sports, and traveling with her spouse, Jess.