Staff spotlight: Tim Slager, program director, Student Services
Weatherheadlines recently sat down with Tim Slager, senior program director, to learn more about how he supports students, faculty, and staff, his excitement regarding Weatherhead's future, and his love of writing.
Q: What is your current job title and what responsibilities do you have in your position?
My title is senior program director. My job is to lead the team which provides program support to students, faculty, and staff. This team, housed in Suite #150, handles everything from admissions inquiries to commencement arrangements. Of course, there is a lot in between those two points including: admissions, financial aid, course registration and student life. If you have a question, stop here first.
Q: How long have you worked at the Weatherhead School? Why did you choose to work here?
I’ve been here six months. Cleveland is my adopted hometown and I was at a point in my career where I wanted to contribute to one of the leading organizations in Northeast Ohio.
Q: From where do you originally hail? How did you end up in Cleveland?
I grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and have had the good fortune to live in several different U.S. cities and overseas. A job (HR service provider) brought me to Cleveland from Chicago, and my family and I love this area.
Q: If someone needs to find you throughout the day, what is the most likely place you are located?
I am usually in my office with the door open -- so that I can be easily (and happily) found.
Q: In your opinion, what do you believe is the best aspect of working at the Weatherhead School?
Every day I meet someone new with a perspective that I have never previously considered.
Q: There have been a number of changes in the past few years with regards to tweaking the curriculum, the breadth of experience of incoming students, the addition of new programs, etc. What do you feel are the most exciting aspects you will be part of in Weatherhead’s future?
I particularly look forward to new programs that leverage the Weatherhead School’s unique strengths. An example of this is the MSM-Finance program that has already attracted attention and will certainly become a strong offering.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to play tennis, but my children’s pursuits have become mine. I currently enjoy watching jazz band (son), field hockey (daughter), and gymnastics (other daughter).
Q: Do you have a motto or tagline by which you live your life?
Never let the perfect become the enemy of the good.
Q: What is one surprising fact about yourself that you would like to share with the Weatherhead community?
I love to write and have a booklet out called Job Hunting in Pairs. It describes how to effectively leverage one’s professional network while avoiding the predictable pitfalls.