Summer is a time of transition in higher education. At the University level, Provost Darryl Tippens is retiring, and the Dean of Seaver College, Rick Marrs, is taking his place. In addition, two of the graduate school deans, Linda Livingstone (Graziadio School of Business Management) and Margaret Weber (Graduate School of Education & Psychology), are also moving on after many years of service–Dean Livingstone to a new position at George Washington University, and Dean Weber to a well-deserved retirement.
The School of Law is experiencing several transitions as well. We recently celebrated Carlton Oliver’s tenure as Director of Student Life as he moves on to other opportunities. This week, we bid farewell to Matt Coert, a member of our Information Services team, as his family moves to Colorado. And just yesterday, Selina Brandt, the Assistant Dean for Career Development, announced her transition to the lower campus at Pepperdine University.
But transitions out are offset by transitions in. I have already introduced you to Danny DeWalt who has hit the ground running in our new Parris Professionalism Institute. We are conducting final interviews for a new Alumni Director at the law school. And, of course, we are launching a search for a replacement for Dean Brandt in the Career Development Office.
Summer is a time to plan for the upcoming year, but it is also a head-spinning time for transitions to take place. The summer will be over before we know it, but we are working hard to assemble the team needed to welcome the students in August!
Dean of Students