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Dr. Alan Rucker, directorRucker-Web-Headshot.jpeg

Personal Pronouns – he/him
CliftonStrengths – Strategic | Competition | Ideation | Achiever | Communication

Dr. Alan Rucker has served the students of Morehead State University since 2012, currently as the Director of Housing and Residence Education. Responsible for the overall management and leadership of a 3,200-bed residential environment, he has championed the institution’s lived values of service, innovation, scholarship, and promotion of diversity of people and thought.

A student affairs professional for nearly 20 years, Rucker has a lengthy track record of administrative leadership for various functional units and differing types of institutions. Immediately before his arrival to Morehead State, he served as a senior staff member of the award-winning Department of Transportation Services at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is highly involved in higher education, maintaining professional memberships in numerous organizations and serving in leadership capacities at the state, regional, and national level.

Alan obtained his doctoral degree in adult and higher education from the Ernst and Sara Lane Volgenau College of Education at Morehead State University and a Master of Business Administration from the Elmer R. Smith College of Business and Technology, also at MSU. He earned both a master’s degree in student affairs administration in higher education and a bachelor’s degree in marketing and promotion from Ball State University. He has received numerous honors and awards, including Ball State University’s Graduate of the Last Decade, the inaugural Kentucky Association of Housing Officers (KAHO) Unbridled Spirit Award, the KAHO Ruth Ann Howard Service Award and is a commissioned Kentucky Colonel, just to name a few.

Alan is originally from Louisville, one of three children, and is a first-generation college student. He was the first in his family to experience the traditional college transition and learned early on the transformative power of mentorship and student-first leadership for the campus and community. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, is a voracious reader and college athletics fan, and continually confirms good boy status to his golden retriever, Lancer.
 


 

Emily AdamEmily Adam, Area Coordinator

Personal Pronouns - she/her
CliftonStrengths - Input | Achiever | Discipline | Includer | Restorative

Emily Adam joined the housing team in July 2021. As an Area Coordinator, Emily is responsible for supervising the Alumni Tower and Mignon Tower RA staffs. Prior to coming to MSU, Emily served as an Area Coordinator at Ashland University and a Residential Life Coordinator at Kenyon College. Emily has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Substance Misuse and Addiction from The Ohio State University and a Master of Education from Ashland University.
 
Emily grew up in Central Ohio, specifically Newark, otherwise known as the Home of the World’s Largest Basket! She is the second of three children and is a first-generation college student. In her free time, Emily loves to cook, make art, travel, play board games and show people pictures of her cat, Cali.

 

Rachel Michael, Area Coordinator

Personal Pronouns – she/herRachel Michael
CliftonStrengths – Restorative | Input | Empathy | Harmony | Includer

Rachel Michel is excited to begin her time here at Morehead! She attended Arcadia University in Glenside, PA as an undergraduate and Temple University in Philadelphia, PA for her Master of Education in Higher Education. While getting her Masters, Rachel worked at Cabrini University in Radnor, PA as a Graduate Assistant for the Residence Life office.
 
Rachel was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV, loves to travel, read, and watch live theater. She is very excited to explore Kentucky and get to know her new home.

 




Aurora Romick, Area CoordinatorAurora Romick

Personal Pronouns - she/her
CliftonStrengths – Learner | Achiever | Input | Strategic | Responsibility

Aurora Romick joined the Housing team in July 2021. She attended Salem University in Salem, WV as an undergraduate and earned her Bachelor's in Business Administration with a specialization in Sports Recreation and Management. Aurora also attended Salem University to obtain her Master's in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Higher Education Administration. She has previously worked in Student Life at Salem University.
 
Aurora grew up outside the New Matamoras area in southeastern Ohio. She loves to read, write, and listen to stand-up comedy, podcasts, and a variety of music. She has grown up around educators all her life with both her parents and several other relatives working in educational fields. Aurora is delighted to explore and experience all Kentucky has to offer.
 

Katie Smith, Area Coordinator

Personal Pronouns – she/her
CliftonStrengths – Communication | Consistency | Relator | Harmony | Responsibility

Katie Smith assumed her Area Coordinator position for the Office of Student Housing in December of 2021. Holding a Bachelor’s in business from the Elmer R. Smith College of Business and Technology at Morehead State, she is a former Resident Advisor and Student Director for the Office of Student Housing. 

Originally from Harlan County, Kentucky and enveloped by the Appalachian Mountains, Katie was influenced by family members and close educators to attend Morehead State University. She thrived at MSU and wants to encourage others to be involved, study and enjoy the full college experience offered on campus. In her free time, you can find Katie sipping a chai latte, walking her dog Little Bit across campus, in line at the ADUC food court, or taking a yoga class offered at the Rec & Wellness Center. Katie lives and shares her favorite quote with everyone: “Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle”.