Career Development Center Director Named

Liz Lierman has been named the new director of the Career Development Center (CDC), starting May 1.

“Liz comes to Mount Holyoke with both a record of success in career development and a clear sense of how the profession is evolving,” says Dean of Faculty Sonya Stephens. “She brings to the CDC rich and relevant experience, a strong commitment to student success, and a visionary sense of purpose. Her leadership will not only cement ongoing efforts,  it will set a yet more ambitious agenda for Mount Holyoke’s Lynk initiatives.”

"I am pleased to join Mount Holyoke College this spring, and to bring my personal and professional commitment to the liberal arts to collaborations within the Mount Holyoke community,” says Lierman. “I look forward to building on the work of the Career Development Center as the CDC becomes an integral part of The Lynk, supporting students as they envision the myriad ways their academic interests can be used to facilitate change in the world, translate academic skills and achievements into the languages of their chosen fields, and form mutually rewarding connections and experiences with alumnae, employers, and other professionals."

Lierman’s professional experience includes work for Outward Bound and at a women’s center at Case Western Reserve. In her role as director of career services at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Lierman built a new career center program from the ground up.  She has also taken national leadership positions in career development associations, especially in the area of diversity.

She studied psychology, women’s studies, and gender studies at Williams College, and later earned master’s degrees in social work and nonprofit management.

Becky Wai-Ling Packard, associate dean of faculty and director of the Weissman Center for Leadership, served as the chair of the search committee. She says that Lierman “has a vision for collaborating on integrative learning within academic affairs,” and lauded her “plans to strengthen core career services needed to launch students post-graduation.”