Following thirty years of service to Sonoma State University, Chuck Rhodes, assistant vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, retired on August 25, 2011. A retirement celebration, commemorating his many accomplishments at SSU, takes place Wednesday, October 19 from 2:30 p.m-5 p.m. in the Green Music Center's Prelude.
"Come help us celebrate his accomplishments at SSU, and wish him well as he moves on," says Mo Phillips, a colleague and friend.
"Chuck has served this university very well and has been a friend, mentor, leader, and role model for many students, faculty and staff during his thirty year career," says SSU President Ruben Armiñana. "He has grown the residential life program to become a critical component of the student experience at Sonoma State."
Throughout his career, Rhodes has been actively involved in national associations such as the American College Personnel Association and Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I).
In July of this year, ACUHO-I presented Rhodes with the 2011 Parthenon Award at a recognition reception held at the 2011 Annual Conference and Exposition in New Orleans. He received the award -- the organization's most prestigious -- based on his continued contributions to the collegiate housing profession, and in recognition of outstanding service and supreme achievement in his profession.
Rhodes has also received three international leadership awards from ACUHO-I and recently completed three years on the executive board as its first Director of Inclusion and Equity.
Post-retirement plans include spending more time with his family in South Carolina and plans to start a consulting business.
"Chuck has also been a leader on this campus with regard to social justice issues and has challenged us all on the ways in which we understand power and privilege," said President Armiñana. "He has given much of himself to this university and will be missed by many. Please join me in wishing him the best of luck as he begins this new phase of his life and career."