By Cecilia Cress
Long-time members of the Washington College community were recently recognized for being “outstanding leaders” on campus as they were promoted to new or additional positions within the Department of Student Affairs, according to the April 2 email sent by Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Sarah Feyerherm.
Director of Residential Life Amy Sine was promoted on April 2 from the associate director role, Interim Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator Greg Krikorian will transition into these roles permanently as of July 1, and Director of Athletics Thad Moore was promoted to associate vice president and director of athletics on April 2, according to the email.
“I think it’s a really important time on our campus, for staff and others to see that when you do good work, you’ll be recognized for that. And there are pathways for people to both get promoted and to get recognized for the important work they do,” Dr. Feyerherm said.
For Sine, who has worked at the College since 2015, the promotion to director of residential life was “not expected, but certainly appreciated.”
The College has not had a permanent director since April 2021, and Sine was responsible for many of the duties even in her previous role as associate director.
“The biggest new responsibility is having the ability to lead the department into the future. To create the vision for the student experience and build a department around that,” Sine said.
According to Sine, there are plans for significant improvements to the residential halls on campus within the next several years, and encourages students to reach out to her with any ideas or suggestions related to residential life.
“Significant financial resources have been dedicated to the improvement of our facilities and this will have a really positive impact on our students’ on campus experience. We are a four-year residential college, so we want to make it a place that students enjoy living,” Sine said.
For Moore, in addition to his duties within the athletics department, he has also taken on the responsibilities for the supervision of Public Safety and WC’s transportation operations within the last two years, and also chairs the Emergency Operations Group, according to the email.
In his new role of associate vice president and director of athletics, Moore will be more involved in helping shape the student experience, both within and outside of athletics.
“I will be…working closely with the Student Affairs leadership team on larger issues of the out-of-class experience for students. I will continue to oversee Public Safety and the College’s transportation operations. Lastly, I look forward to continuing and extending my role in athletics fundraising,” Moore said.
According to Moore, he is also currently working on sports expansion within WC athletics. A men’s and women’s golf team was recently added, and Moore is currently “looking to see what other sports are a good fit for WC.”
For Krikorian, the transition won’t be officially complete until July 1: “I am excited to become a permanent part of the WC community. I especially enjoy working with a great team in Student Affairs and feel like being here not as an interim will help in allowing for continuity and stability of focus,” Krikorian said.
“[Krikorian] will continue to have responsibility for the College’s compliance with Title IX and coordinating our institutional response to cases of sexual discrimination and harassment. In his role of Dean of Students, [he] will continue to coordinate student conduct and also supervise Residential Life and Counseling Services,” according to the email.
While continuing to oversee the student conduct system, Title IX policies, counseling and Residential Life, Krikorian said he will also work collaboratively with athletics and many other aspects of student engagement, including facilitating an opportunity for the Orientation Explore program.
News Co-Editor Olivia Montes contributed reporting.
Photo by Andy Strunk
Featured Photo Caption: On April 2, the Washington College Office of Student Affairs announced recent promotions of personnel, including Director of Athletics Thad Moore (above) becoming both associate vice president and director of athletics.