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Kelly Brown

e-dition - February 16, 2007

Kelly Brown:
Executive Director
of Student Relations

By Vivian Belik

Executive Director of Student Relations Kelly Brown has her hands full these days juggling student services at The University of Winnipeg-but she takes it all in stride and, most often, with a smile on her face.

In early September Brown found herself tucked away in Graham Hall overseeing an extensive portfolio including University of Winnipeg athletics and recreation; enrolment services; student recruitment and retention; housing; the University Bookstore; food services; and Klinic on Campus.

When Brown relocated from Toronto to Winnipeg this past summer to be with her husband she looked to The University of Winnipeg as a place to plant her roots.

"I had lots of opportunities in Winnipeg to do HR, consulting or just pure sales but what intrigued me about the University was certainly Lloyd Axworthy's vision and his big plans. By working at the University I thought I could be part of something that is bigger than just selling widgets or a consulting job where you don't really get to see things to fruition," she says.

With a master's degree in human resource development and a background in marketing and sales, Brown felt that her skills would be put to good use at the University. She believes that her experience in running sales at British Airways and Four Seasons Hotels has had a great deal of application to the University in terms of recruitment and retention of students as well as housing and food services.

Even though Brown finds the amount of work to be challenging she is glad to be putting her efforts into an organization that promotes continuous learning of not only its students, but its staff as well. Brown, who is "a big believer in teamwork and performance development" says that coaching and enhancing her staff's skill set is her top priority.

Open House 2007

Record numbers of students and their parents attended The University of Winnipeg’s Open House on Feb. 13, 2007 discovering what UWinnipeg has to offer, going on tours of the campus and attending a range of information sessions. The participation of faculty, staff and students from across the University ensured a successful day and evening.

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