Faculty-Staff Digest - (04/28/2013  @ 12:08 PM)

Reorganization of the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs (Tim Foster)

Dear students, faculty and staff,

Margaret Hazlett's impending departure to Franklin & Marshall has led me to examine, reorganize, and reposition the structure of our office to better meet the needs of students, faculty and staff.

The most significant change involves our programming associated with students' transition to the College, including first-year student support; Orientation; pre-major academic advising (with Academic Affairs); international student support; the coordination of the Host Family Program; and the accommodation process and support for students with disabilities.

As we transition to the next academic year, Dean Janet Lohmann and a new Associate Director of First-Year Programs will oversee these programs and initiatives. This new full-time position, which will be posted next week, has been created by combining two half-time positions currently held by Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Laura Lee and Assistant Director of First-Year Programs Michael Wood. Michael will be a candidate for the new job.

Dean Lee has decided that she is not interested in this full-time position, and she will leave the College when we make this change on June 30. Laura has been a vital part of our office for the past eight years, serving as a dean for upper-class students and as our international student advisor, advising the Judicial Board, coordinating the Host Family Program, and supporting Asian and Asian-American students. She has been a terrific colleague and an important resource to many students. I have particularly appreciated her leadership on matters involving the Academic Honor Code; she has served as a tremendous resource to faculty, staff and students on the College's policies related to academic integrity. We thank Laura for her service and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

Laura’s departure will mean new responsibilities for our remaining upper-class deans, Jarrett Young and Lesley Levy. Beginning on July 1, Dean Young will serve upper-class students with last names beginning with A-L. Dean Levy will serve as dean for upper-class students whose last names begin with M-Z and will also oversee the Judicial Board.

I believe this reorganization in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs will serve our community well, and I encourage you to contact me with any questions.

Best wishes in the waning weeks of this academic year!

Tim Foster
Dean of Student Affairs