PULLMAN, Wash. — Abayomi “AJ”Adejokun, a graduate student working on an MBA degree, has been named graduate student ombudsman for Washington State University.
The new ombudsman has more than eight years of managerial and leadership experience, including six years of advanced academic personnel management and conflict resolution training.
Adejokun earned a doctorate in educational administration in 1997 from WSU. His dissertation topic was the administrative problem-solving strategies of deans in land-grant institutions.
A university apartment coordinator, Adejokun also has worked at WSU as a human resource research consultant, a College of Education recruiter and assistant to the director of development/alumni relations. He served as a Washington state legislative liaison/researcher for the Partnership Center and a legislative analyst for the Florida State House of Representatives.
He is a member of the African American Graduate and Professional Student Association, the American Educational Research Association, the Association of Teacher Educators and the Washington Alliance of Black School Educators.
Two part-time positions as university ombudsman remain to be filled at WSU. One, a faculty position, is a half-time, nine-month academic appointment with one additional summer month for two years, with a possibility of renewal. The other, to be filled by an administrative/professional staff member, is a half-time, 12-month position with a two-year appointment, also renewable.
Applications should include a letter of application, resume and names of three WSU or community references. They should be sent to Mary Gilles, search committee chair, Holland/New Library 120E, zip 5610.
“AJ brings a variety of academic and life experiences to his new role in the Office of the Ombudsman,”said Provost Gretchen M. Bataille. “This office is critical to assisting faculty, staff and students in resolving problems through early intervention. I believe that when the process of filling the other two positions is completed, we will have an even stronger and more supportive Office of the Ombudsman than we have had in the past.”

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