New Employee Spotlight – Korland Simmons

We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.
Simmons, Korland

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.

I am the Executive Assistant to the VP of Human Resources and Legal Affairs. My professional background includes a number of education-based administrative roles (Duke University Housing Management, Boston University Biomedical Engineering Department, Houghton Mifflin Company College Division), a couple of interesting outliers (Energenix Co and Nat’t Bureau of Economic Research) and lots of professional singing.

What drew you to apply to Green River? 

I found out about the position opening and knew this would be an opportunity to both get back to campus work and continue going in the general HR-centered direction I had been going the past few years.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?

If not my “iPod” on shuffle, I’m usually inclined to turn on NPR.

What was the very first job you ever had?

If we’re not counting the summers spent cutting grass for my grandmothers, my first job was as an assistant in the housing management office for Duke’s (then) North Campus.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Getting to see a new side of campus life and digging into expanded HR functions.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?

Getting a really good grasp of the various systems at play so that I can become an effective partner.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?

  • Living (even for a short time) in the New York City world
  • Continuing to sing professionally
  • Learning to play tennis after 30

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?

I already have one: Duke. It’s a callout to my alma mater: Duke University.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?

I would probably sing an aria.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?


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