AbdulAziz Al-Hajeri has worked at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for almost 21 years. He currently serves as the Associate Registrar for the Daytona Beach Campus.
Discuss you career path and current role at ERAU.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) has been my home for the past 30 years. I started as a student, then became a student assistant, teaching assistant, and have been a full-time staff member for the past 20+ years. My tenure as a staff member began in the Alumni and Development Office. After the Alumni and Development Office, I held various positions in the Office of the Registrar, where I am currently an Associate Registrar at the Daytona Beach Campus. I enjoy interacting with students as they begin their Embry-Riddle experience and then, years later, watching them cross the stage as new graduates. I feel fortunate to work at a place where I have so many opportunities to help students. The ability to positively impact their lives is one of the most rewarding things about the work I do. I want to continue to grow professionally and personally at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
My Favorite quote:
“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” —Jack Welch
How has your degree helped you in your current position?
In 2002, I completed the Master of Aeronautical Science degree with a concentration in management and safety. My master’s degree has helped me with the management responsibilities associated with my current position. My degree has also helped me understand the federal rules and regulations relating to the aviation industry, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Transportation Security Administration (TSA), as well as how Embry-Riddle can meet these requirements as they relate to the Office of the Registrar operations. I enjoy the dynamic nature of the aviation industry and how it connects people.
What are some challenges you encountered in your career and how did you overcome them?
One of my biggest challenges was securing funds and resources to complete my undergraduate degree in Aircraft Engineering. I will never forget how difficult it was for me when I came to the U.S. as a student from Kuwait, especially during the Gulf War. My family in Kuwait lost everything and I was unable to contact them for an extended period of time. During that time, I was determined to continue my education at Embry-Riddle, so I found work as a student assistant, then later as a teaching assistant. Being in a position where I have the chance to help people allows me to give back and influence their lives in a positive way.
What has been your greatest professional accomplishment?
- Receiving Model of Efficiency award from University Business Magazine – 2014
- Advocated for and implemented an online check-in process. This process improved the efficiency of the Check-In Process for new Incoming Students.
- Completed the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Leadership Enhancement Program (LEAD-ER Advanced Directive) Tier I, II and III
- This accomplishment provided me with a deeper understanding of leadership and how to utilize my skills and knowledge for future leadership roles.
- Award of Excellence – Student Activities 2014
- ERAU Presidential Awards for Innovation
- Creating an in-house diploma production
- Creating a vertical office online for students to access information any time (24/7).
- Recipient of the first ever ERAU Student Employee of the Year Award, 1997-1998
- As a student, I was surprised and grateful for this honor and recognition.
- Volunteer work – See attachment