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Introducing Eric Janisch, Rockefeller Center Program Officer

Eric Janisch

Eric Janisch joined the Rockefeller Center as a Program Officer in January of 2017.

Eric Janisch is the Rockefeller Center’s newest Program Officer, having joined the Center’s staff in January of 2017. As a Program Officer for Co-Curricular Programs, Eric contributes as a co-manager to both the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) and the Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors program (D-LAB) and aids in organizing a variety of public programs – including the Rocky Student Veteran lunch as well as the campus visit by the 22nd Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning.

Eric is also working to organize a vocational seminar over sophomore summer through the Professional Preparation Program (P3). Specifically, he is helping connect students with likeminded alumni who have non-traditional career paths they reached after completing traditional liberal arts majors.

“We’re hoping to give them an understanding of what they can do outside of the normal corporate culture or traditional industries,” said Eric.

Eric’s strong interest in education led him to his position at the Center. His previous experience includes a teaching background, built when he taught at a local charter school located just miles away from Dartmouth, in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Before Eric came to the Upper Valley, he worked as an infantry officer in the military for four years.  When he began his search for a new position, Eric looked for an opportunity to combine what he’s learned from both of these experiences.

“After teaching and working in the military, I wanted something that would help me promote leadership in an academic setting,” said Eric. “I noticed that Rocky offered an opportunity for students to improve both their education and leadership development, and those two aspects really interested me in coming here.”

As he continues to help students in these areas, Eric’s indicator for success is the relationships he builds with these students and himself.

“Leadership is a very difficult field,” said Eric. “People continually struggle with it throughout their lives, so I feel like the little experience that I do have in the military and teaching has packed a lot of lessons into six years, which I hope to offer nuggets of to other students here or at least help manage programs to better do so.”

Written by Niki Bakhru '17, Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant for Communications

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