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External Affairs gives and gets with recent moves

April 30, 2012

The college's board of trustees, who were camped out in the Center for the Sciences last week for their spring meeting, were the first to hear news of a new hire, and some restructuring, in the college's External Affairs area. Vice President Jeff Puckett unveiled the plans at the Friday morning meeting of the board's campaigns committee. 

The changes, said Puckett, are aimed at "further enhancing (the division's) efforts at increasing engagement with, and raising support for, the college."

As a part of the changes, three External Affairs staffers are changing roles and a new hire is being added to the team.

Ruth Vater'05, who in a little more than one year as senior director for alumni and parent relations has overseen the successful redevelopment of that office, will be joining the Dean's Office in Middle College. The move, which was conceived as a way to better support faculty work and reinvigorate the college's relationship with foundations, will have Vater assuming the new position of senior director of sponsored programs and foundation relations.  

Mark Wold'95, director of annual support, will assume oversight of Alumni and Parent Relations (APR) as a result of the move and will get the new title of senior director of annual support and APR Programs. Cassie Swanson, currently an assistant director in Alumni and Parent Relations, will also take on new duties as the division's director of development communications. All of the new titles and responsibilities will take effect June 1 or post-reunion (which is June 8-10).

Dan Schooff, head of Rock Consulting and already a familiar face on campus because of his work on the college's Activity and Recreation Center taskforce (not to mention the fact that he represented Beloit in the state legislature from 1997-2004), will join the college full time in September as director of corporate support, a new position.

Also at the board meeting:

  • The board reviewed President Scott Bierman and approved a one-year extension to his employment contract (the president is reviewed annually and works under a one-year contract).
  • The college's 2012-13 operating budget was approved, as was the recommendation to grant emeritus status to Nancy McDowell, professor of anthropology and former dean of the college, who is retiring this year.
  • Alumnus and founder Stopher Bartol'88 was elected to the board of trustees. With Bartol, the trustees have grown to 29 members.