With a history of over 100 years in the making, Eastern Illinois University’s Housing and Dining Services has grown immensely since President Livingston Lord’s original vision of housing female students on campus. From the opening of Pemberton Hall (1908), the first female residence hall in Illinois, to today, one thing has remained constant – we are an innovative and accommodating department, and leaders in residential living.
As Housing and Dining Services has expanded, so has the professional staff member’s role within each community. Formerly known as Residence Counselors, Complex Directors focus their energy on ensuring each resident’s holistic development, both as a student and as an individual.
In the early 1980’s, the Housing and Dining Department saw the opportunity to develop a graduate student experience for individuals interested in the field of Housing and Residence Life, creating the Associate Resident Director position.
Today Complex Directors, Associate Resident Directors, and Resident Assistants work together to offer unparalleled services and support to students residing on campus. Information about Panther Dining's history can be found here.