As Cohort 15 prepares to return and Cohort 16 prepares to begin their EMBA journey, we wanted to take the time to get to know our new Assistant Director of Graduate and Professional Programs, Jessica Kozlowski!
I was born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands on the beautiful island of St. Croix. You should visit if you haven’t been there before. It’s a great place to kick back and relax with stunning beaches and lots of historical sites to explore.
Tell us about where you worked prior to Stetson
Most of my career has been spent in higher education. Right before joining Stetson, I worked for the University of Notre Dame with the Alliance for Catholic Education. It was a remote position in which I worked with four Notre Dame ACE Academies in Central Florida as the Regional Advancement Coordinator. I also worked at Valencia College as Director of Transition and Enrollment Services and Chestnut Hill College as Assistant Director of Admission and Coordinator of On-campus Recruitment. In addition, I have experience in the staffing industry as an Executive Mortgage Recruiter at ABTSolutions and Director at CareersUSA. I’ve also worked part-time at Walt Disney World for seven years.
What are you most excited about working at Stetson?
Meeting new amazing people, the opportunities for growth and making this a life-long career.
Are you married?
Yes, two years to my loving and supportive husband Tommy. He’s my rock, very handsome and I couldn’t imagine life without him.
Do you have any children?
I have two awesome stepsons, Karter and Tommy Jr., who are totally into sports and enjoy going on adventures with me.
Who inspires you, or is your hero?
Oh boy, this is a hard one for me. My parents were my first heroes and they always will be. I have also really admired Harriet Tubman, but there are many people that inspire me. I am inspired when I see random acts of kindness, good deeds and people bringing hope to others.
What are you passionate about at work?
Building relationships and finding ways to bring new levels of success to the institution.
What is your favorite type of cuisine?
I really enjoy all types of food but, if I really had to pick, it would be a tossup between Latin and Caribbean.
What are some of your secret talents?
I have danced since the age of two and became part of the Caribbean Dance Company and the Contemporary Dance Company in St. Croix so needless to say, I love to dance. I also competed in gymnastics, though I can’t tumble the way I used to anymore – bad wrists. I’ve been told I’m great at event planning, crafts and DIY projects.
Tell us some of your pet peeves?
Injustice, bullies, lies and people who don’t do what they say they are going to do. In general, I truly value integrity.
Where is your alma mater?
Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA where I earned both my bachelor and master degrees.
What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy going to the beach, hiking, Geocaching and just about anything outdoors. I love adventure and like to experience and try new things from skydiving to new restaurants.
What impression do you want to leave on EMBA students?
It is my personal mission to positively impact those I meet and I would hope to do that for our EMBA students.