Spring brings new name, leadership and home for Miami’s career services

New space for the Career Center in Armstrong Center.

The center’s new location in the Armstrong Student Center will officially open May 17.

Miami University’s office of career services soon moves into its new home in the east wing of Armstrong Student Center and, with the move, comes a new name and new leadership.

Name Change

The new name is the Center for Career Exploration and Success. The name reflects the expanded and pivotal role the center has on the entire student life cycle and highlights its continued efforts in leading and advancing Miami’s career community.

New AVP: Jen Franchak

This spring, Miami welcomed Jen Franchak, who was selected following a national search to serve as the inaugural assistant vice president for the center. She has 18 years of experience in higher education and most recently served as the executive director of academic, career and personal development at Xavier University, where she re-envisioned the career function.

Franchak’s earlier experiences focused the delivery of experiential education programs, including cooperative education, service learning and prior learning assessment. Her multi-institutional experience, strategic and holistic approach to career development and data-driven decision-making will be an asset to a new era for Miami’s Center for Career Exploration and Success.

New Location

The center’s new location in the Armstrong Student Center will officially open May 17, positioning it to be more seamlessly integrated within the student experience, increase in-person engagement with students and faculty, and provide new opportunities for expanded branding of and partnership with employers.

“Our campus location will now be in the living room of our campus, and we plan to leverage this to enhance student success,” Franchak said.

“It makes it much more convenient for students to drop by in between classes and during the evenings to take advantage of our services and events. In addition, the employers visiting Miami University to recruit our talented students will enjoy greater visibility and connectivity to our student body.”