By Leslie Collins
Elm Staff Writer
Recently, several of Washington College faculty and staff have vacated their posts and moved on to pursue other opportunities. These faculty and staff members include Philip Walsh, Neisha Green, Stewart Bruce, Jehanne Dubrow, Xavier Cole, Michael O’Connor, and Ahyana King, who all resigned from the College within the last three months.
Dr. Walsh, who taught Ancient Greek and Roman literature, left after nearly eight years at WC to teach classics and English at St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Del.
Dr. Dubrow, former director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House, left campus after eight years of teaching. She is now a professor in the graduate creative writing program at the University of North Texas.
Dr. Cole, former vice president for Student Affairs, left campus after about two years of service. According to Dean of Students Sarah Feyerherm, he is now the vice president for student affairs at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.
O’Connor, former associate vice president of College Relations and Marketing, resigned in June. According to Marcia Landskroener, he stepped down to start Conchobar Consulting. The firm will provide marketing and communications services to organizations in Maryland, New York, and Atlanta, Ga. “His colleagues were devastated to see him go, but he is so smart and so clever that we understood his desire to take on new challenges and to branch out beyond healthcare and higher education,” Landskroener said. She also said that Conchobar Consulting will aid businesses with “branding, visual identity, digital and print strategy, communications campaigns, and media strategy.”
King stepped down from her position as the director of Intercultural Affairs to fill the role of director of Multicultural Affairs and Social Justice Initiatives at Hilbert College.
Bruce, former Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program coordinator, left his position of eight years and moved to Bermuda at the end of August. Bruce has accepted a new position as the information officer at the government of Bermuda.
Now the College is searching for employees to fill these vacant positions. One such person is Valerie RiChard, who is coming to WC as the College’s director of the physical plant. RiChard will be leading the overall operation, repair, and maintenance of all aspects of the College’s physical systems. She will also be monitoring the safety of all campus buildings while leading the College’s housekeeping, maintenance, utility, and grounds staff.
RiChard is replacing Reid Raudenbush, who occupied the position for 26 years before shifting his role to focus on the College’s capital projects as the construction project manager.
Green left her position at the Writing Center for a new job at American University’s Writing Center.
Mark Hampton, the College’s vice president for finance and administration, left campus in August for a position with New York Institute of Technology as the vice president for planning, analytics, and decision support.
Joe Holt is serving as the interim VP of finance and administration while the College searches for a permanent replacement.