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Director hired for new student services job

by Richard Veilleux - March 19, 2007

James Hintz, assistant director of campus life for off-campus and community services at Ohio University, has been named director of UConn’s new Office for Off-Campus Student Services.

Hintz will assume his new position on May 29.

“Jim stood out from among the nearly 100 people who applied for the job,” says Lee Williams, dean of students. “He’s politically astute, community-oriented, and had the perfect experience set we were looking for.”

Hintz will be charged with working with the University’s about 4,000 off-campus students, and serving as a liaison with town officials and ING Management, the real estate management firm that last year bought much of the available rental housing in the region.

He also will work with local public safety officials, the director of alcohol and other drug education and services, Town of Mansfield officials, and local landlords. He will report to Williams.

Hintz will be an advocate for students with issues ranging from housing rights to transportation and parking problems, while also working to educate students on how to be good neighbors.

“There are two classes of off-campus students he will work with,” says Williams.

“There are students who live locally who have an impact on Mansfield and the townspeople, and there are students who live at home, who are not necessarily local. Each group has needs that overlap, but they also have distinct issues that he’ll attend to.”

The position is an outgrowth of discussions at meetings of the Mansfield Community Campus Partnership.

Williams said it’s a job that an increasing number of universities are funding.

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