Presidential Staff Decision Leaves VP Position Vacant

By Maegan Clearwood

News Editor

On Oct. 13, President Mitchell Reiss announced his decision to find a replacement for the integral position of Vice President of College Advancement and Alumni Relations.

Beth Herman, who could not be reached for comment and has not been seen on campus since her termination, had occupied the role for over five years.

In the e-mail Reiss sent out to his staff, he said that “the relationship between a college president and the Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations is a highly personal one. And so it is not atypical that new presidents often make changes.”

According to Director of Human Resources Alan Chesney, the college has not yet formed a search committee. The search process will probably last from three to six months. In the meantime, Chesney said that Barbara Heck is temporarily filling the vice president’s role.

He said that the committee will be looking for someone who is experienced with fundraising, works well with Reiss, and is familiar with a liberal arts environment.

“We want somebody that has a track record and ideas for increasing donations from alumni,” he said.

Although Herman has been relieved of her position, Reiss said in his e-mail that “this decision does nothing to diminish all that Beth has achieved during her tenure at Washington College. The list of achievements is long and noteworthy.”

Reiss declined to comment further on his decision.

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