William C. Price may be the last person UNC Pembroke students want to see. But if they have to see the new director of student conduct, he promises it will be an education.
“The primary challenge of this job is to educate the campus about their rights, responsibilities and the code of conduct,” the soft-spoken Price said. “I am not an intimidating guy and that’s not the attitude I present.
“When students have to come see me because they have violated UNCP’s code, it becomes my job to hold them accountable on behalf of the entire University community,” he said.
Price joined UNCP in April in the newly created position of director of student conduct in the Office of Student Affairs. He reports to Dr. Lisa Schaeffer, associate vice chancellor.
“William Price is a great addition to our team and brings a wealth of student conduct knowledge and experience,” Dr. Schaeffer said. “Our goal is to educate students about their rights and responsibilities in order to reduce code of conduct violations. Mr. Price shares this philosophy and is prepared to spend a substantial amount of time promoting positive behavior among students and student organizations.”
Price is a 12-year veteran of student life in higher education beginning in residence life and transitioning to student conduct. At the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, a university almost the same size as UNCP, he was the first coordinator of judicial affairs.
The Pennsylvania native served as a resident director while in graduate school and later as residence life coordinator, Greek life advisor and most recently associate director of community and ethical standards at Clemson University.
“The transition to student conduct was seamless because it is an important part of the job in residence life,” Price said. “At one point in Johnstown, I was responsible for all the freshmen residence halls with about 800 freshmen.”
At UNCP, Price will be responsible for educating students, faculty and staff on the code of student conduct, and he is responsible for the training and management of the University’s Judicial and Appeals boards.
He said it has been a good start at UNCP.
“The students here are fantastic,” Price said. “They seem to have a very strong connection to the University.
“It’s been a lot of fun meeting the staff here, and they have been very helpful,” he continued. “The reception I’ve had is especially pleasing after working in a much larger environment.”
Price is a trained instructor for peer counselors and freshman seminar. He has made presentations on a wide range of student issues, including web-based databases, diversity, gender and other student issues.
After earning undergraduate degrees in English and mass communications at Frostburg State University, Price earned a Master of Education degree. He is a member of the Association for Student Judicial Affairs, the American College Personnel Association and the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International.
For more information about Student Affairs or Student Conduct at UNCP, please call 910.521.6226.