New Faces in Top Administrative Places

Posted: August 18, 2008

The 2008-2009 school year will see a number of new faces in some top-level administrative posts, including new heads of Library, Information Technology Services (LITS), the Career Development Center (CDC), and the Community-Based Learning Program, as well as a new associate dean of the faculty and a new dean of the College.

Charlotte Slocum PatriquinThis summer, Charlotte Slocum Patriquinstepped into the position of chief information officer and executive director of Library, Information and Technology Services. Patriquin is the College's seventh head librarian (the first was Mary Nutting, class of 1852, who took the job in 1870) and the third head of LITS.

With an extensive career in collegiate libraries and significant experience in leading merged library and information technology functions, Patriquin comes to Mount Holyoke from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, where she served both as director of the library and of the information services and resources division. She has held positions at DePaul, St. Lawrence, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Clark.

A graduate of Grinnell, where she majored in English, Patriquin received her M.L.S. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She replaces Patricia Albanese, who departed in 2006 to become Gannett Distinguished Professor in the School of Print Media, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Steve Koppi Replacing longtime CDC director Scott Brown, who joined Colgate University as associate vice president and dean of students, Steve Koppiwill head the CDC. Koppi comes to MHC from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, where, as director of career services, he forged strong relationships with leading corporations and increased internship placements by 19 percent over three years. Previously, he headed alumni relations at the Catholic University of America, also in Washington.

Koppi is an alumnus of the Catholic University, where he majored in religion; he holds an master's degree in college student personnel from the University of Maryland, College Park.

"With YourPlan (the CDC's online career pathway for students), new technology, alumnae involvement, and a dedicated staff, the CDC is building a model career program for students," Koppi said. "Mount Holyoke is ideally positioned to lead the way in connecting liberal education with career success, and I am excited to be a part of the CDC team making these connections."

Alan BloomgardenThe College also welcomed Alan Bloomgarden as coordinator of the Community-Based Learning Program in the Weissman Center for Leadership. Bloomgarden comes to Mount Holyoke from Smith College, where he was director of faculty grants and government relations since 1996. At Smith he was a longtime advocate of community-based learning and campus-community partnerships, and he has published on these subjects in the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, Metropolitan Universities, the International Journal of Service Learning in Engineering, and the Journal of the Professoriateamong others. He teaches Introduction to Service Learning and Community Engagement for master's and doctoral students in the Higher Education program of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, where he is completing an Ed.D.

Craig WoodardAlso this summer, professor of biological sciences Craig Woodardsucceeded Sean Decatur in the position of associate dean of faculty for science. He will serve a three-year term. Woodard joined MHC in 1995 and is well known in his field for his work on the control of gene expression and animal development by steroid hormones. In 1997 Woodard's research won the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF), which honored the scientist with an Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award. The program aims to enhance academic careers "in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning." Recently Woodard won a three-year grant of $350,000 from the NSF to study tissue-specific gene regulation in the common fruit fly.

Decatur left Mount Holyoke to become dean of arts and sciences at Oberlin.

Penny GillPenny Gill, Mary Lyon Professor of Humanities and professor of politics, has been appointed dean of the College, a three-year position starting in the fall. Gill replaces Lee Bowie, professor of philosophy, who will take a yearlong sabbatical leave before returning to his department. Gill, who graduated from Northwestern University and earned her Ph.D. and M. Phil. at Yale University, has been teaching European politics and comparative politics at Mount Holyoke since 1971. Following her graduate studies at Yale in the 1960s, she went to Norway on a Fulbright Fellowship to research the Norwegian Labor Movement, and she has since made frequent trips to Britain, Scandinavia, and the continent. She teaches courses on globalization, the European Union, European politics, and political theory, as well as cross-disciplinary topics. Her recent research has focused on the European Union, its relationship to the larger processes of globalization, and the processes of state formation in Brussels.

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