Dr. Elaine Manglitz has been named Vice President for Student Affairs at Clayton State University. She had been serving Clayton State as Interim Vice President of Student Affairs since the start of the fall 2013 semester, when Dr. Brian Haynes left to take a similar position in California.
“I am very excited and grateful to accept this opportunity and look forward to continuing to grow and develop the Division of Student Affairs,” she says.
Manglitz has spent 10 years at Clayton State in the Student Affairs Division, initially as director of Disability Services (2004-2006) and then as associate vice president for Student Affairs (2006-2013). During that time, she has helped build the Division of Student Affairs during a period when the University’s enrollment has grown by more than 50 percent, and the University has also opened its first on-campus housing (in 2008). In addition to building relationships with the growing Clayton State student body, she has also built strong relationships with her colleagues within the division and the University.
“I truly appreciate all the support you have expressed to me both in words and deeds during the six months of my Interim appointment – and even more importantly, I appreciate the excellent work you do each day to
educate and support the students here at Clayton State University!” she said in an email to the Student Affairs Division when the appointment was announced. “We will work together in strategic and intentional ways to continue to align our Division goals with the mission
and goals of the University.
“In the coming months, we will have conversations across the Division to obtain feedback on how we can collaborate even more effectively across the Division and the campus as partners in our students’ efforts to attain their personal and educational dreams. Among other areas, we will talk about consistent marketing and telling our story; alignment of resources, staff, and efforts; planning, implementation, and assessment
of program initiatives and student learning; and
building a professional, engaged, inclusive Division of Student Affairs.”
A resident of Snellville, Ga., Manglitz holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of West Georgia and an M.Ed. in Middle Grades Education from Georgia State University. She holds two degrees from the University of Georgia, an Ed.S. in Learning Disabilities and a Ph.D. in Adult Education.
Among her functions as the University’s Chief Student Affairs Officer, she serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet to provide leadership on major policy issues and decisions affecting students. She is also tasked with promoting an institutional and student culture of excellence, engagement, and success, and providing leadership and direction for the Student Affairs Division.
Over her 10 years at Clayton State, Student Affairs has grown tremendously, to the point where it is now comprised of 75 full and part-time staff, 75 student workers, and 10 departments: Campus Life; Career Services; Counseling and Psychological Services; the Disability Resource Center; Housing, Residence Life, and Community Standards; the International Student Services Office; Recreation and Wellness; the Student Activities Center; University Health Services; and the Veterans Resource Center.
Manglitz’ position also includes developing and managing strategic planning for the Division and ensuring congruence with the University Strategic Plan as well as collaborating with Academic Affairs and other units across campus to ensure an environment conducive to student learning and engagement, and to create partnerships with internal and external constituents to meet the needs of a diverse student body, faculty, and staff.
Prior to coming to Clayton State, Manglitz spent six years at the University of Georgia as a clinician, learning disabilities specialist, and Associate Director of the Learning Disabilities Center. She has also been a public school teacher in the Clarke County and Carroll
County school districts.