Jennifer Green-Flint ’09, ’15 chose to earn her master’s and doctoral degrees from Shenandoah after being part of the university community as the director of Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy. “Shenandoah excels at nurturing beginnings,” said Green-Flint. “Furthermore, Shenandoah is filled with some of the most dedicated and giving professionals I have ever encountered.”
One of the fondest memories Green-Flint has of Shenandoah during her time as a student is writing her dissertation, which she truly enjoyed. “Urban myth portrays a tortuous process that spans years, claims all your energy, saps your social life, and destroys your sanity,” said Green-Flint. “While it was very far from easy, the research was fascinating and I was absorbed (and still vastly interested) in my subject.”
Green-Flint has worked for Shenandoah University for 15 years. She is the assistant dean of administration and finance for the Conservatory and is the executive director of the Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy. She is also an adjunct professor for the conservatory and the Division of Education & Leadership. In her position of assistant dean, she provides senior leadership to codify and streamline processes to increase student opportunities and faculty enterprise. This includes contributing creative, original strategic direction for major initiatives, leading the emergency response to COVID 19, creating and managing operations, serving on institutional-level governance boards and committees, performing data analysis and needs assessments, presenting and teaching nationally and internationally, planning and accompanying large group student travel, and envisioning revenue-generating opportunities to advance the vision of the institution and the conservatory.
Prior to working at the university, she was the owner of Mockingbird Consulting, executive director of Performing and Visual Arts Northwest, operations manager of the Richmond Symphony and was a professional dancer.
The most rewarding experience of Green-Flint’s career is building trust in dynamic workplace environments and organizational content expertise. “I enjoy building communities in diverse arenas so people can come together to do their best work in education, performing arts and the non-profit sector,” said Green-Flint.
Her education and career at Shenandoah has given her the space and opportunity to develop her voice, style and leadership skills.
Green-Flint’s advice to current and future students is: “Plan on a multitude of careers. Prepare for as many possibilities as you can imagine. You will probably fill all of those roles- and more during your time in the workplace. However, find the thread that weaves itself through your many roles- that thread is more than what you do, it illuminates who you are.”