More administrators, whee!

Vice President for Student Affairs Mike Whaley just sent out an all-campus e-mail announcing the appointment of three new staff members as well as the return of David Phillips, formerly the dean for the class of 2010:

Scott Backer, who served a one-year appointment as Assistant Dean of Student Services last year, has received a permanent appointment as Assistant Director of Student Life. In this role, Scott will continue to work directly with the Student Judicial Board and also assist the Dean of Students with co-curricular programming initiatives. A Skidmore College graduate, Scott has a M.Ed. from Antioch University New England. Prior to coming to Wesleyan, he worked in student affairs at Vermont Academy, where he also coached soccer and lacrosse.

Elisa Del Valle will join the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development as Assistant Director. Elisa will advise student organizations on event planning and assist in mentoring and student leadership development. Elisa joins Wesleyan from the Department of Residential Life at Mount Holyoke College, where she has been for the past four years. She has a B.A. from Smith College and recently completed a M.Ed. in Social Justice Education from the University at Massachusetts, Amherst.

Michelle Myers-Brown has accepted our offer to be Director of the Usdan Center. Michelle comes to Wesleyan with strong experience in university center operations from three different campuses, most recently at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she opened a new center. Prior to her experience there, Michelle received her Ph.D. in educational administration from Georgia State University and has served as the director of student activities at DeKalb College. She has significant experience in campus scheduling and guest services as well as campus dining from her previous positions.

Finally, we are thrilled that David Phillips will be rejoining us as the Dean for the Class of 2012. David previously served as a class dean at Wesleyan for seven years and also taught in the GLSP. He spent this past year at Chatham University in Pittsburg [sic] as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, and is eager to return to Wesleyan to resume his work as a class dean. David earned his B.A. and M.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his Ph.D. from Yale University in American Studies.

Some of you may remember Scott Backer as the central figure in last year’s “prohibition” fiasco. Also, I believe Dean Rick Culliton served as Usdan director this past year, though the staff page seems to have been updated to reflect the new hires.

  • Brad

    As the author of the “prohibition” article in question, I can say that Scott Backer’s role was greatly overstated in the article due to an error in the editing process. Scott did not author or propose those measures mentioned in the article, and the Argus printed a correction in the following issue.It’s also worth noting that the proposals were not adopted.

  • Brad

    As the author of the “prohibition” article in question, I can say that Scott Backer’s role was greatly overstated in the article due to an error in the editing process. Scott did not author or propose those measures mentioned in the article, and the Argus printed a correction in the following issue.It’s also worth noting that the proposals were not adopted.

  • Brad

    As the author of the “prohibition” article in question, I can say that Scott Backer’s role was greatly overstated in the article due to an error in the editing process. Scott did not author or propose those measures mentioned in the article, and the Argus printed a correction in the following issue.

    It’s also worth noting that the proposals were not adopted.

  • Anonymous

    administrative positions are for academics that don’t want to (or can’t) teach. that’s why they all have random advanced degrees. better not quote me on this though.

  • Anonymous

    administrative positions are for academics that don’t want to (or can’t) teach. that’s why they all have random advanced degrees. better not quote me on this though.

  • Anonymous

    administrative positions are for academics that don’t want to (or can’t) teach. that’s why they all have random advanced degrees. better not quote me on this though.

  • Anonymous

    Why does the director of usdanistan have to have a phd? I don’t understand how a phd would help in that situation…

  • Anonymous

    Why does the director of usdanistan have to have a phd? I don’t understand how a phd would help in that situation…

  • Anonymous

    Why does the director of usdanistan have to have a phd? I don’t understand how a phd would help in that situation…

  • Ben

    possibly useful:http://www.umbc.edu/commons/http://www.dineoncampus.com/umbc/i'm heading home friday for a week; i’ll try to find a way to wander over to catonsville and/or dig up what i can.i would also like to point out that UMBC built an addition to its athletic center in 1999 at a cost of roughly $5.6 million–just over one-third of the cost of the freeman addition. i guess now that there’s little question we have the best facilities in D-III, it’s time to take on the big dogs.

  • Ben

    possibly useful:http://www.umbc.edu/commons/http://www.dineoncampus.com/umbc/i'm heading home friday for a week; i’ll try to find a way to wander over to catonsville and/or dig up what i can.i would also like to point out that UMBC built an addition to its athletic center in 1999 at a cost of roughly $5.6 million–just over one-third of the cost of the freeman addition. i guess now that there’s little question we have the best facilities in D-III, it’s time to take on the big dogs.

  • Ben

    possibly useful:

    http://www.umbc.edu/commons/
    http://www.dineoncampus.com/umbc/

    i’m heading home friday for a week; i’ll try to find a way to wander over to catonsville and/or dig up what i can.

    i would also like to point out that UMBC built an addition to its athletic center in 1999 at a cost of roughly $5.6 million–just over one-third of the cost of the freeman addition. i guess now that there’s little question we have the best facilities in D-III, it’s time to take on the big dogs.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The higher-ups at the Argus are (or at least were) largely clueless. They don’t seem to understand basic principles of journalism, and seem to treat the paper as a medium they can use to further their personal agendas.-Someone who may or may not write for the Argus

  • Anonymous

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The higher-ups at the Argus are (or at least were) largely clueless. They don’t seem to understand basic principles of journalism, and seem to treat the paper as a medium they can use to further their personal agendas.-Someone who may or may not write for the Argus

  • Anonymous

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The higher-ups at the Argus are (or at least were) largely clueless. They don’t seem to understand basic principles of journalism, and seem to treat the paper as a medium they can use to further their personal agendas.

    -Someone who may or may not write for the Argus

  • Anonymous

    actually 8:38, YOU’RE so misinformed

  • Anonymous

    actually 8:38, YOU’RE so misinformed

  • Anonymous

    actually 8:38, YOU’RE so misinformed

  • Anonymous

    wow, 7:37, you are SO misinformed. either that or you’re an administrator trying to spin the situation and blame the argus.

  • Anonymous

    wow, 7:37, you are SO misinformed. either that or you’re an administrator trying to spin the situation and blame the argus.

  • Anonymous

    wow, 7:37, you are SO misinformed. either that or you’re an administrator trying to spin the situation and blame the argus.

  • Anonymous

    When you say prohibition fiasco, do you mean the time the argus assumed that because the student life committee was reviewing the policies of local schools it meant that they were seriously considering adopting all of them?

  • Anonymous

    When you say prohibition fiasco, do you mean the time the argus assumed that because the student life committee was reviewing the policies of local schools it meant that they were seriously considering adopting all of them?

  • Anonymous

    When you say prohibition fiasco, do you mean the time the argus assumed that because the student life committee was reviewing the policies of local schools it meant that they were seriously considering adopting all of them?

  • Anonymous

    Elisa Del Valle! Let’s hope she replaces Dean Danny soon.

  • Anonymous

    Elisa Del Valle! Let’s hope she replaces Dean Danny soon.

  • Anonymous

    Elisa Del Valle! Let’s hope she replaces Dean Danny soon.