Augustine Solanki has been the Administrative Assistant in the Department of Music and Dance Programs since January, 2004. Augustine oversees the department's administrative offices, and provides support to the chair, faculty, students, and staff.
Augustine joined NEIU on April 1, 1998. In addition to his tenure in the Department of Music and Dance Programs, he has also worked at NEIU's Jacob Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies; in the Academic Development Office's Diversity Institute; Human Resources; and the Graduate College.
Augustine was born, raised, educated and professionally trained in India. He immigrated to United States in July, 1996. He began his professional career in India’s public administration as a federal civil service official; eventually working closely with the nation's highest ranking federal executives and high-profile national dignitaries. He gained a wide range of experience working in administrative professional and protocol services in several offices in the Ministries & Departments of Civil Aviation; Information & Broadcasting; Asia’s largest public television network (Doordarshan); Health & Family Welfare; Environment & Forests; Finance & Expenditures; Human Resource Development (Education, Arts, Culture, and Youth Affairs); and Electronics & Information Technology - all in liaison with the offices of India’s incumbent Prime Ministers, Parliamentarians and their legislative constituencies. Augustine has had the privilege of working with many local and international dignitaries on occasions of national importance.
Augustine's rich and diverse background significantly informs his understanding of organizational complexity, finance and budgets, computer applications, interior space management, and problem-solving ability, and make him a valued member of the NEIU community within the Department of Music and Dance.
Augustine enjoys American smooth jazz and Bollywood music, loves spicy and nutritious foods, and the great comedies of western and oriental origins.