How do you best blend technology, aesthetics, and amenities into affordable living spaces that cater to the needs of modern-day students?  Can intentional student housing design lead to better learning and a sense of community on campus? What are the biggest challenges facing housing professionals today? On this episode of Higher Ed Live, Tony Doody interviews T.J. Logan, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, and architect Paul Paul J. Wuennenberg about “Trends In Student Housing” with questions related to LEED Certification, security, marketing, occupancy management, accommodations for students with disabilities, and more.

Please contribute to the conversation by emailing questions before the show to tony@higheredlive.com or by tweeting live during the show using the #higheredlive hashtag. We’ll do our best to incorporate questions from viewers (with attribution) into the live conversation.


Episode Host

Tony Doody

Tony Doody

Tony Doody has over 24 years of practical experience and oversight in senior leadership positions within the Higher Education industry in the areas of Facilities Management, New Student Orientation, Parent and Family Programs, Leadership and Training, Marketing and Communications, Adult Learning, and Major Events and Programs. He currently serves as the Senior Director of Student Engagement at Rutgers University. Over the last 4 years, Tony has presented at over twenty universities and national conferences on topics of innovation, digital leadership, technology, and unconventional leadership. He is the recent Innovation chair for the ACPA 2014 conference, serves on the ACPA Credentialing team, and is co-chair of the ACPA Presidential Task Force on Technology. In addition, Tony has worked over 20 years as a consultant in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development, presentation skills, risk-taking, innovation, social media, conflict resolution, and team cohesiveness. Past clients include J&J, Bristol Myers Squibb, Vistakon, Navigant, Janssen, United Way, Merrill Lynch, Tumi, and Aventis Pharmaceuticals.


Dr. T. J. Logan

Dr. T. J. Logan is a student affairs professional focused on innovation, process efficiency, and business operations in higher education. He has presented internationally on the topics of social media in higher education, innovation in university housing operations, enrollment management trends, occupancy management, and business operations. T. J. currently serves as the Director of Housing for Administrative Services at the University of Florida, where he oversees an area that includes occupancy management of an 8500+ bed system, marketing and brand management, safety and security operations, conference services, the University-wide office for youth protection, and corporate sponsorship programs.
T. J. has keynoted the College and University Business Officers annual conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Australasian Association of Housing Officers annual conference in Melbourne, Australia. T. J. has also serves as the Business Practices and Enhancements Director for the Association of College and University Business Officers – International (ACUHO-I), has served as a panelist for the ACUHO-I Virtual Roundtable on social media in housing, and as a faculty member for the ACUHO-I Chief Housing Officer Institute. In addition to formal speaking engagements, T. J. has been published in a variety of trade magazines, books, and journals; and has written blogs for Socialnomics.net and studentaffairsfeature.com
T. J. earned his Doctorate of Education from the University of Florida, and his B.A. and M.B.A from Kent State University.


Dr. Julie Payne-Kirchmeier

Dr. Julie Payne-Kirchmeier currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Auxiliary Services at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, in which she oversees Residential Services (Residence Life, Housing Operations, Housing Facilities, Academic Initiatives and Conference Planning), Food Service, Greek Housing, Norris University Center, SafeRide, Special Events and Commencement, and Student Affairs Information Technology. She earned her B.S. degree in Genetics and her M.Ed. degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Texas A&M University-College Station, and her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Administrations and Foundations at Indiana State University.

During her administrative tenure, Dr. Payne-Kirchmeier has been highly involved in professional associations, including the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the Association of Student Conduct Affairs (ASCA), the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA), the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers (SWACUHO), and serving as Conference Host and President of the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO). She currently serves as NASPA Region IV-E Technology Knowledge Community chair, chairs the Communication Services Committee for NACAS, co-chaired social media initiatives for the national NASPA WISA Knowledge Community, and currently serves as the Co-Chair for the WISA Knowledge Community and on the NASPA AVP Steering Committee.

Dr. Payne-Kirchmeier has received the GLACUHO Service Award, the GLACUHO Professional Development award, and the GLACUHO Distinguished Service award – the highest honor GLACUHO bestows. Additionally, ACUHO-I awarded her the Herstory award in 2010, and NASPA IV-E Women in Student Affairs (WISA) awarded Dr. Payne-Kirchmeier the Marlene Kowalski-Braun Service to Women in Student Affairs award in 2011. Most recently, Dr. Payne-Kirchmeier earned the designation of Certified Auxiliary Services Professional from the National Association of Campus Auxiliary Services.


Paul J. Wuennenberg

With 20 years of experience in the design of student housing, Paul has devoted the majority of his professional life to the creation of high-quality student communities.* His passion for the research and development of new concepts has led him to be recognized as a national expert in the planning and design of student housing and student dining facilities.

Paul’s interest in finding architectural solutions to student housing or dining projects includes understanding how building designs influence and enhance a student’s collegiate experience. A frequent lecturer and author, his most-recent co-authored work focuses on the psychology of space and its impact on adolescent psychology. Paul has drawn on expertise informed by his experience with numerous LEED Gold and Platinum projects to lead webinars that examine the role of sustainability in student housing renovations.

Multiple repeat assignments illustrate Paul’s success, including 12 residence halls at Washington University in St. Louis, six residence halls at the University of Missouri, two residence halls at the University of Notre Dame, and more than a dozen residential buildings built in two phases at Kansas State University.