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From the Middle: Sustainability Coordinator position approved; architect selection moving forward

August 27, 2013

Here in the middle of the week is the latest update on the goings-on in Middle College, and the work of the college’s senior staff.

Just an hour into the new academic year, the college’s senior staff convened in Middle College for its first meeting on Monday. The group, which reviews all open staff positions at its weekly meetings, had several on the docket Monday—among them a new Sustainability Coordinator position, an opening in Admissions, and a reimagined librarian role.

Positions approved

The sustainability coordinator will work with faculty, staff, and students to inspire, assist, and coordinate sustainability work and conversations across the campus, working to “green” the college’s curriculum, culture, and operations through project-based learning. The position will be supported through grant and gift funding for at least four years.  

That position is expected to be posted within a week or two. At the same time, the college will launch a search for a consulting librarian. Megan Fitch, CIO, shared that the position would be working alongside colleagues in the library to serve academic research and instruction needs and other priorities.

Also approved at the meeting was the job description for the visit coordinator role in Admissions, a position vacated last week by Jodie Vogt, who (just days before her birthday, it should be noted) was selected from a competitive pool to be the new executive secretary in the office of the Vice President for Human Resources and Operations (led by Lori Rhead).

Architect search progressing, finalists being selected

At the meeting, Dean of Students Christina Klawitter also brought the group up to date on the search for an architectural firm for the powerhouse project. Klawitter reported that the carefully selected group of finalists all responded to the Request For Proposal. That means the search committee has five proposals to consider and some tough decisions to make (“difficult work ahead,” as Klawitter put it). They’re hoping to whittle those five candidates to three or four before scheduling the campus visits and presentations for early September.

What the finalists will find when they visit is an interested and engaged campus. Klawitter shared that several dozen community members (students, faculty, staff, and trustees among them) are slated to meet the finalists.

In other news:

  • Laurie Stickelmaier announced that the new controller, Jada Campbell, will join the campus on Monday, Sept. 23.
  • Lori Rhead shared that final candidates for the director of facilities position are on campus this week for formal interviews.
  • Connie Truesdale, secretary of the college, gave senior staff their deadlines for submitting board reports. Those reports will be compiled and shared ahead of the October meeting of the Board of Trustees.