Diego De Jesus
Jacqueline Inskeep, the previous Director of the Center for Student Involvement, left Florida Southern recently after five years for other job opportunities.
However, the intersectionality of her former position makes many wonder who her successor will be and whether they could live up to the high standard she set in this position.
Her responsibilities included directly overseeing the Association of Campus Entertainment, Student Government Association and enacting campus-wide programs.
She was also a leader in CSI organizations, specifically supervising Greek Life, Leadership & Civic Engagement and the Discover FL series.
“During my time at Florida Southern, I really started to develop a deep passion for all things event-related; everything from the inception of an event idea right down to the execution of it,” Inskeep said. “I love everything about event management. This did lead me to exploring event opportunities outside of higher education, and yes – to my next job opportunity!”
After 12 years working in higher education, Inskeep recently started a new job as an event manager at Qgiv, a local software company. This company provides specifically an event registration platform to non-profit organizations across the U.S.
It’s a bittersweet feeling for Inskeep as she starts the next chapter of her life. She says she has confidence in CSI and the student leaders of ACE and SGA in their ability to advance the campus more than they already have.
The question of her replacement is currently undecided by the school, and interviews will begin within a couple of weeks as multiple applications have been submitted.
Currently, no one on the Florida Southern staff has applied thus far amidst the nationwide search.
Mike Crawford, the Dean of Students, has taken charge of Inskeep’s former position and advisor for ACE and SGA.
“We’re looking for someone that will take the ball and run with it because Jackie has moved the bar forward and set the bar really high. With the leadership that ACE has been able to give oversight for all the programs they do and the same for SGA,” Dean Crawford said. “We’re looking for a great person to come in and take us to the next level.”
Inskeep’s successor is expected to take off where she started and continue to listen to the student body to encourage more student involvement including a focus on Discover Florida, giving students more opportunities to explore the state.
Amy Wieleba, the President of ACE, commented about working without Inskeep and what she hopes to achieve in the future during her term.
“It’s definitely been hard because Jackie is a really good person to bounce ideas off of and try to talk through everything I do. So having that oversight not there anymore is definitely difficult,” Wieleba said. “But I am happy for Jackie and her opportunity to continue in her career in a different area.”