HRL assistant director Steve Briggs resigns

Andrew Henderson

Housing and Residence Life is currently without an assistant director.

On Sept. 9, Steven Briggs, then the assistant director for HRL, resigned from his position.

In documents obtained by the Herald, Briggs sent Brian Kuster, executive director of HRL, his letter of resignation on Sept. 9. His resignation was effective the same day.

“While I have appreciated the many opportunities afforded to me by serving in this role at WKU, I feel that the time has come to pursue other interests related to higher education and in the community,” Briggs’s resignation letter reads.

Kuster said he could not offer any other details apart from the information already discerned from the letter of resignation.

Upon Briggs’ absence, Kuster said people in HRL are taking his responsibilities until they advertise the position for potential employees. Kuster said they intend to fill the position, but a timeframe is unknown at this time.

Kuster said he was surprised by Briggs’ sudden resignation.

“I’ve known Steven since 1993, so I was shocked,” he said.

Briggs has been serving as assistant director for HRL since 2008.

Apart from serving in various HRL positions at WKU, Briggs also served as the assistant director of Residential Life at Indiana State University and the director of Residential Life at the University of Saint Francis.

In addition to his position in HRL, Briggs also taught in the department of counseling and student affairs. He taught the Parameters of Law/Student Affairs course. According to TopNet, this class is currently being taught by Aaron Hughey, professor and student affairs program coordinator.

The Herald reached out to Hughey, but he did not respond prior to press time.

Dean Sam Evans of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences said who is currently teaching Briggs’ course is a personnel matter, and he is unable to divulge that information.

“Every course in counseling and student affairs is currently covered by an appropriately prepared individual,” Evans said.