Allan Blattner

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Director of Housing & Residential Education

My name is Allan Blattner and I am currently serving as the Director. In this role, I serve as the chief housing officer and manage the comprehensive campus housing operation for about 10,000 residents. This includes business services, residence life and education, administrative services, housekeeping, maintenance, human resources, marketing and public relations, and information technology. Before coming to UNC, I was the Senior Associate Director at UNC Charlotte for 15 years. Prior to moving to the Carolina’s, I was the Director of Residence Life at Allegheny College (PA) and also worked in a variety of Residence Life leadership positions at Ohio University, The University of Vermont, and San Diego State University.

My involvement with student housing started the day I moved into a residence hall as an out-of-state freshmen at San Diego State. I was immediately asked to join in to help create community within our building. I lived in the same building for four years while serving as an RA and student leader at the campus, state and national levels. During that time, I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration and then attended The University of Vermont where I earned a Masters of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Because of this history of education and involvement, I am thrilled to work at Carolina with our incredible students, faculty and staff.

You will never find a staff more committed to ensuring that Carolina’s residence halls are places where diversity and inclusion are part of the fabric of how we live and learn together. It truly is an honor to be part of this motivated team of professionals who are constantly finding new ways to help everyone feel at home in the halls. As a staff, we invest time, energy and resources into training, services and programs designed to raise the level of cultural competence in the residential community. The intended result of these efforts is to empower our community to live up to founding principles of this campus “lux, libertas — light and liberty” as we create an environment that appreciates difference and advocates for inclusion.

Allan Blattner is the Director of Housing and Residential Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In that role, Allan serves as the chief housing officer and manages a comprehensive campus housing operation for 10,000 residents including business services, residence life and education, family housing, administrative services, housekeeping, maintenance, human resources, marketing and public relations, and information technology. Within these operations, he oversees 500 full and part-time employees, an annual operational auxiliary budget over $59 million, and over 3.3 million square feet of facilities.

Before coming to UNC, Allan was the Senior Associate Director at UNC Charlotte for 15 years. Prior to moving to the Carolinas, he was the Director of Residence Life at Allegheny College (PA) and has also worked in a variety of Residence Life leadership positions at Ohio University, The University of Vermont, and San Diego State University.

He has also served in a number of leadership positions within housing and student affairs professional associations. Allan served as the President of the Association of College and University Housing Officers- International (ACUHO-I) from July 2015 until December 2016.  ACUHO-I represents over 1000 institutions in 22 countries.  Additionally, he has served as Director of Workforce Development on the ACUHO-I Executive Board (2009-2012), ACUHO-I Program Committee Chairperson (2002-2003), ACUHO-I Benchmarking Committee Chairperson (2007-2008), ACPA Commission III Directorate Board Member (1997-2000), and as member of the 2000 ACUHO-I , 2005 SEAHO and 2005 NCHO Conference Host Committees.

Allan has participated on numerous external review teams and served as a consultant for campuses around the country.  Allan has presented as a keynote and interest session speaker at state, regional and international conferences on topics ranging from staff supervision to housing master plans.  He has served on the faculty of the National Housing Training Institute, the South African Housing Training Institute, and STARS College.  Additionally, he has authored chapters in Campus Housing Management: Campus Housing Past, Present, and Future and the past two editions of Advice for Advisors and has several articles that have been published in The Talking Stick.

Allan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University and a Master of Education (Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration) from The University of Vermont.

In the community, Allan coaches and referees club and school soccer and volunteers on the boards of several organizations in the area.