Meet the Staff

Jacob Tasseff

Graduate Hall Director

Jacob Tasseff Staff Photo

Jacob Tasseff comes to Valdosta from Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a recent graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History. While at Purdue, Jacob was very involved on campus and with student life through positions such as a campus tour guide, resident assistant, staff resident, and member of the student judicial board overseeing student conduct hearings. This involvement led to his desire to pursue a Master’s degree in Higher Education, which he will begin this fall semester at VSU.

Jacob loves to spend his time being active, whether indoors or out, and he looks forward to being able to wear shorts on a regular basis as he is finally escaping the cold winters found in the Midwest. When he is not being active or enjoying the sun’s warmth on his legs, he can most likely be found catching up on some of his favorite TV shows, a list that tends to vary.  He is currently on a BBC kick with titles such as Sherlock, Luther, and Doctor Who. Jacob is looking forward to meeting and getting to know many new people at VSU, so feel free to introduce yourself whenever you see him around.

Phone: (229) 333-5924
Email: Jacob Tasseff,


Eric Petersen

Complex Director

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Eric came to Valdosta State in May of 2014 after working at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO and Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA.  Originally from the Kansas City area, he received his B.A. in Spanish from Truman State University and his M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Central Missouri.  In his role as Complex Director, he is excited to be supervising the Residence Hall Directors in Georgia, Reade, Langdale, and Converse.

Aside from working in Higher Education, Eric is starting to learn the Valdosta area and find ways to get connected to the community.  Eric loves to cook and try new foods, so you might find him at the Farmer’s Market or a new restaurant on the weekends.  He also enjoys bowling and golfing (though he’s not very good at either) and is also a big movie fan.  If you have any questions or just want to chat, please don’t hesitate to send him an email or swing by his office in Langdale Hall!

Phone: (229) 249-4982
Email: Eric Petersen,     


Resident Assistants

Daniel Bene
Emily Abramson
James Caswell
Matt Epps
Megan Sutliff
Mercedes Holly
Njeri Mathis
Peter Akiti
Tiffany Ryce
Ward Leggett
Zach Howard