Jamie S. Archer

Jamie S. Archer

Throughout a decade of service as Director of the Career Opportunities Center at the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology), Jamie Archer oversaw the expansion of recruitment and placement programs dedicated to helping students and alumni find professional employment.

Under her leadership from 1992 to 2002, the career center connected thousands of students and alumni with full-time, part-time and summer employment opportunities in the private and public sectors nationwide.

During her tenure in this position, Ms. Archer came to know many students and to appreciate the hard work and sacrifice that made it possible for them to attend Missouri S&T. Now, recognizing that tuition costs continue to rise, state budget cuts have diminished funding to higher education, and many deserving students do not have the financial resources to attend S&T, Ms. Archer has generously chosen to establish the Jamie Archer Engineering Scholarship Endowment.

After serving as a public school teacher for many years, Ms. Archer began her career in higher education as a counselor in the Career Planning and Placement Office at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education from Eastern Illinois University at Charleston.

In her leadership role as Director of the Career Opportunities Center, Ms. Archer was responsible for many innovations and enhancements: the creation of an advisory board, peer educators and focus groups; the growth of on-site marketing visits to prospective companies; a strong emphasis on individual advising and group workshops; the implementation of videotaped practice interview and an etiquette dinner; and much more.

Ms. Archer was also an active member of the campus community, serving as a speaker for the Chancellor’s Leadership Academy and a volunteer for KMST radio station.

In keeping with Ms. Archer’s wishes, annual earnings of the Jamie Archer Engineering Scholarship Endowment will provide aspiring engineers with financial support for generations to come.