YOU NEED TO KNOW: Sandy Krietemeyer
Meet Sandy Krietemeyer, the executive support specialist for the dean of the College of Agriculture and director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station. She grew up in Bay Minette, Alabama, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of South Alabama. After graduation, she moved to Roatan, Honduras, and worked for a dive resort. Upon returning to the states, she worked as a corporate travel agent. She then moved to Georgia with her husband Jeff, where they lived for 15 years. They have two children, Chad and Brittany. After her second child was born, Sandy left the work force for 12 years and invested her time in volunteer work at her children’s schools, at her church and in the community. Her family moved to Auburn about 10 years ago, and now both of her children attend Auburn University. Outside of work, Sandy enjoys playing tennis and serves as the Auburn Community Tennis Association president. She also enjoys scuba diving and traveling to new places with her family and friends.
What drew you to Auburn University and the College of Agriculture?
After moving to Auburn and meeting others who worked at Auburn University, I decided I would love to work in higher education. When I started looking at job postings, the one for College of Agriculture caught my eye. The job description covered everything I enjoy doing in one job-event planning, travel arrangements, scheduling meetings and working with others.
What does a typical day in the office look like for you?
My typical day at work? That’s a hard one. It really depends on the dean/director’s schedule. In any given day I schedule on-site and off-site meetings or work directly with department heads or their assistants scheduling meetings and events. I also work very closely with our business office, development office, student services, Extension and global programs.
What is your favorite part of your job?
The people are the best part of my job. I love everyone I work with. The dean’s staff is a team! We work well together. We are excited to be a part of the College of Agriculture, and it shows!
The students are also a pleasure to work with. I love having the opportunity to work with our student workers and get to know them. I enjoy meeting other students in the hall. It makes me smile when a student that I have met or helped pops their head in my office to just say hi!
I enjoy meeting the parents during Camp War Eagle. I love hearing their excitement for their children and the nervousness all at one time. I love to take the time when an alumnus walks back into Comer Hall and wants to just visit. They love to walk down and see the Hall of Honor wall and talk about their time spent here at Auburn. You can see it in their eyes and hear it in their voices how much they love Auburn and the College of Agriculture!
What advice do you have for a prospective Auburn Ag student?
Get involved! Use all the resources we have to offer. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, work hard and never give up!
What is your favorite Auburn tradition?
I love everything about game day weekend! I love meeting the fans on Friday afternoon who can’t wait for me to move my car from the Comer parking lot so they can park in my spot. I love tailgating with friends. Also, seeing Aubie at Tigerwalk, and, of course, watching the eagle soar at game time!
What has been your most exciting moment at Auburn?
My most exciting moment at Auburn was being in the stadium during the 2013 Iron Bowl and the “Kick Six,” watching the students and fans rush the field and celebrate, followed by the hug my son gave me back at the tailgate as he said, “I can’t believe we won! WAR EAGLE MOM!”