Demario Watts returns to Lander to lead Student Activities
Story by Eric Lawson
Monday, Aug 05, 2019
Photo by Laura Brown
Lander University announced today that Demario Watts has been appointed to the position of director of Student Activities.
His responsibilities include overseeing all Lander student clubs and organizations, and working closely with the student-led University Program Council, which coordinates numerous student events.
Watts’s appointment represents a homecoming of sorts as he earned his Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Lander in 2012. He then began his professional career as a residence life coordinator at Lander later that year.
“I am more than excited to be back home here at Lander,” Watts said. “I have been overwhelmed with joy to be back where I started my college career. It feels amazing to be back and to have the opportunity to work with a phenomenal team of students, faculty and staff.”
Watts left Lander in 2015 for a successful tenure at Wofford College in Spartanburg. There, he served as associate director of Residence Life, Title IX coordinator and Assistant Dean of Students for diversity and leadership development.
During that time, he earned his Master of Education in Higher Education from Columbia College, and his Master of Human Resource Development from Clemson University. He is expected to complete his Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Gardner-Webb University in 2020.
Settling into his new duties at Lander, Watts sees a campus that has steadily grown with the times. “It is amazing to walk around and see new areas of campus that were never here during my time before. It only shows the progressive nature of the institution and it shows the value Lander has for its students and campus community. I have met only a small number of students thus far, and I can see they are hungry for opportunities and to be a part of the conversation. It makes me excited and challenges us to be creative in order to continue to meet their needs within Student Activities.