Vice President Wilson laughs with students on campus bench

January, 2019

Recognizing the Merits of Simplicity

As we embark on a new academic term, I find myself reconnecting with our core in Student Affairs: meeting the needs of students.
 
Like much of the world today, sometimes our work can seem far too complicated – so many individual perspectives, resources, technologies, and opportunities to consider. My mother used to have a saying: “there is merit in simplicity!” Although, as a youngster I did not understand the power of her words, I definitely can relate to them today. These words should be a motivating factor, at times, in our work. Focusing on our core calls on us to listen and not over complicate. Together we have lifetimes of experience in helping students to navigate and succeed in college and far beyond. Sometimes when we connect directly and humbly with students – in the simplest ways possible – we find what’s needed and can offer them so much.
 
It is a given that we will witness complexity and difficulty from time to time as we do our work. In this new year, I challenge us all to seek out and enjoy the “merits of simplicity” as we keep students first in mind.


Victor K. Wilson Signature
Victor K. Wilson
Vice President for Student Affairs
The University of Georgia

The Office of the
Vice President
for Student Affairs

306 Memorial Hall
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-3564
askstudentaffairs@uga.edu

 

Directions

From the Tate Center Parking Deck, take the elevator to the 3 rd floor. Walk across the courtyard with the UGA bookstore on your left hand side. Take the stairs up to the street. Cross Sanford Drive. Memorial Hall will be directly in front of you. Stay on the left side of the building and walk around to the side entrance for disability access. From the side door you can take the elevator to the third floor. If an elevator is not needed walk up all the stairs on the side of Memorial Hall and turn right, there you will see Reed Quad. Walk up the steps with the columns to the main entrance of the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

For directions please call 706-542- 3564.