As the new school year starts up, UNCG’s new Staff Senate co‑chairs, Joshua Green and Staton Noel, aim to be a voice for staff across campus, serving as a communication link between staff and campus administration. They will help also keep staff informed about how decisions at the state‑level impact the campus, and why decisions are made.
Additionally, they plan to find unique ways to communicate to the UNCG staff that they are valued in the day-to-day operations of campus and in its long-term success and innovation.
“I’m a big encourager,” said Green. “I like to encourage staff and say, ‘you’re important – important to student success – you have a vital part in that – and that’s why we’re all here.’”
“I’d like staff to feel they can be empowered through working with us,” added Noel.
Citing former Staff Senate co-chair Robert Walker’s work on campus systems, Noel also plans to encourage innovations.
“This is an opportunity for me to work more closely with staff and see what innovations they’re bringing to the campus,” he said.
Aside from those goals, Green and Noel will continue inviting inspiring campus speakers to the Staff Senate meetings, plan Staff Senate-sponsored opportunities for professional development and support the Staff Senate Service Committee’s projects.
Joshua Green, who is coordinator of technology services for UNCG Police, came to UNCG in 2006 after serving in the U.S. Army for five years as a military police officer. He worked for the UNCG University Registrar’s Office, Academic Affairs and the Dean of Students Office, where he managed IT, student conduct and academic integrity processes. He earned his master’s degree in higher education in 2011, and he is a certified Veterans Service Provider through Operation College Promise.
Green’s favorite phrase? “Appreciate ya!”
Staton Noel is the director of the Office of Innovation Commercialization (OIC), which supports innovation by UNCG faculty, staff and students by protecting intellectual property, negotiating and executing agreements that help facilitate research partnerships, and providing connections to external commercialization partners. After a 20-year career with GlaxoSmithKline, Noel earned his master’s of business administration degree from UNCG and joined OIC in 2011 as a licensing assistant. He served the OIC as a marketing and licensing associate before becoming director.
Noel’s words of wisdom: “The glass is always full, even if one half is air – we need that to breathe.”
By Susan Kirby-Smith