By Emily Harris
The start of the spring semester has brought some new faces to the Washington College community and a number of other changes to staff. Catering Services, the Office of Information Technology, and the Alumni House are a few of the WC offices that were affected.
According to Director of Dining Services Zena Maggitti, Leanne Murray has taken over as the new catering director and Alicia Boyd will fill the new position of catering assistant, which was added to improve communication among catering staff.
As a result of these recent changes Maggitti said, “Departments and student groups will see faster turn-around on the booking and change request of catering events.” Dining services is still seeking part time servers, bartenders, and student catering workers.
While new staff members are joining the catering team, Interim Chief Information Officer of OIT Cal Coursey retired before the spring semester began. An employee of the College for 14 years, Coursey was responsible for overseeing the computer and telephone systems at WC along with countless other roles.
Vice President of Finance and Administration Mark Hampton said that the next CIO will be responsible for finding a replacement for Coursey. In the meantime, Director of IT Infrastructure David Barr will be responsible for day-to-day OIT operations while Hampton will take on a planning and budget development role.
“I am particularly interested in using this time to understand better the kinds of investments that will need to be made in our IT infrastructure and administrative systems so that those needs are included in our planning and decision-making, particularly around the implementation of the College’s strategic plan, and our efforts to address maintenance issues in our buildings,” said Hampton.
He plans to remain involved in the search for Coursey’s replacement when a new CIO is hired. In addition to Coursey’s departure, Kristen Holocker transferred from OIT to the Business Office at WC. Holocker formerly served as the administrative assistant for OIT.
Executive Secretary to the Provost and Dean Maria Hynson is leaving the position that she has held since October 2002, but she’s not going far. Hynson will take over as assistant director of alumni programming at the Alumni House. In addition to her role as executive secretary, Hynson has been taking undergraduate classes at WC and is set to graduate with the class of 2015.
Amidst all of these changes, she already has big plans for her next role at WC. She plans to encourage clubs and organizations to form alumni affinity groups for graduates who want to revisit the groups they were a part of during their time at WC. Some organizations on campus such as the Drama Department already have these affinity groups in place.
“Alumni come from all across the years to work together and do what they enjoyed doing when they were in college and that’s a big thing,” Hynson said of the existing alumni affinity groups.
As the supervisor of Habitat for Humanity since its start in 2010, Hynson hopes that the club will be able to form an alumni affinity group and bring together Habitat alumni and current students. She plans to continue in her advisory role for the club after she makes the transition to her new job.
The thing she will miss the most about her position as executive secretary in the dean’s office is the constant contact with WC’s faculty. “I think that will be the biggest change, not being in the center of everything.”
Hynson’s biggest responsibility will be planning WC’s reunion. Since Commencement and reunion are now two separate events, she said, “This is not only the alumni’s reunion, it’s everyone’s reunion. That’s a change I really want to effect.”