Bryan Welcomes New Resident Directors

Bryan is pleased to welcome two new resident directors for the 2019-2020 school year—Josh Watkins and Stephen Ricketts. 

Watkins is the son of Chris and Nita Watkins, former resident directors of Woodlee-Ewing during the early 1990s. After his parents moved, Watkins grew up in Toccoa, Ga., and graduated from Georgia College & State University in 2015 with a BA in Mass Communications. He is joined by his wife, April, and daughter Wylee Grace. The family is also expecting a son, Neyland Christopher, due this September.

Watkins will be serving as the resident director of Woodlee-Ewing. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys playing guitar and watching and playing all major sports.

“I look forward to building meaningful relationships with the Bryan student body,” he said. “I also appreciate the opportunity to serve with a top-tier Residence Life staff!”

Ricketts is a Dayton native and December 2017 Bryan graduate with a degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications. He is currently enrolled in the MBA program and will spend the school year serving as the resident director of Long Hall as well as an assistant coach for the men’s soccer team. He grew up on campus while his mother, Sherri, was resident director of Arnold Hall. His father is Dr. Travis Ricketts, chair of the Department of History and Liberal Arts. In addition to soccer, Stephen enjoys music and a variety of outdoor activities, including fishing, camping, and hiking.

“I’m really excited to re-join the Bryan College community, and I’m looking forward to my new role as a Resident Director in Long and excited about working with the soccer team” he said. “I couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity!” 

Welcome, Stephen and Watkins family, to the Bryan community!


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