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August 10, 2006

Troy Behrens Appointed Executive Director of SMU's Hegi Family Career Development Center

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Troy Behrens is the new executive director of SMU's Hegi Family Career Development Center (click on image for a high-resolution version).

DALLAS (SMU) — Southern Methodist University has appointed Troy Behrens, Ed.D., as executive director of the university’s Hegi Family Career Development Center. He will oversee a range of services for students, alumni and employers that includes counseling, résumé creation, and job search and recruiting assistance, among others.

An expert in college and corporate partnerships, Behrens previously served as university relations manager with Siemens Building Technologies of Buffalo Grove, Ill., and as director of school-to-work curriculum and co-owner of ASCL Corp. of Dyer, Ind. He has served as a career specialist and senior counselor with the University of Arizona in Tucson and as director of career services with Roosevelt University in Chicago.

As a corporate-college liaison, Behrens placed an average of 400 college graduates each year in full-time corporate and co-op positions. He also developed the United States’ first online collegiate job fair, serving 210 employers and 4,000 students. As a college career center manager, he has developed workshops, initiated scholarship programs and in-kind grants, and consulted with more than 100 schools, colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

A licensed professional counselor in the State of Illinois, Behrens was certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors in 1995. His honors and awards include the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ 1999 Technological Innovation of the Year Award for online recruiting and a 2003 Siemens TOP+ National Award for Innovative Development in Recruiting. He has written nearly 50 articles for publications including the Journal of Career Planning & Employment, The College Recruiter, The National Business Employment Weekly and the Chicago Tribune.

Behrens received his B.A. degree in psychology and M.A. degree in counseling from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and his Doctor of Education degree from the University of California-Los Angeles.