Wednesday, July 29, 2015

OFSA Staffing Updates

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On behalf of Student Affairs, I want to provide two updates regarding staffing in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs.  As you all know, in June, Tim Wilkinson left Lehigh after more than 10 years of service to Lehigh to pursue the Associate Dean of Students position at Wake Forest University. Following his departure, we launched a national search for a new Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs. I want to thank the members of the search committee who worked diligently throughout the search process.  

Ashley Baudouin, OFSA
Matthew Bay, IFC 
Ozzie Breiner, Residential Services
Gladys Castellon, Multicultural Greek Council
Chad Davis, Advancement
Howard Foltz, Greek Alumni Council 
Rosa Guzman, OFSA
Chris Mulvihill, Dean of Students Office
Tyrone Russell, Multicultural Affairs
Ellen Weich/Katherine McLaughlin, Panhellenic 

Throughout our process, we interviewed a number of candidates who could bring a variety of skills and experiences to this role at Lehigh.  However at the completion of our process, the search committee unanimously agreed that there was not a candidate who we collectively felt was best suited to lead Lehigh's fraternity and sorority community at this time.  Therefore, with the support of the Search Committee, we developed an interim transition plan and made the decision to launch a more robust national search at a later date.   

Effective August 1st, Ashley Baudouin who was recently promoted to serve as the Associate Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs will begin serving as the interim Assistant Dean/Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs for the upcoming academic year.  Prior to beginning in her new role, Ashley served as an Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Affairs for 3 years at Lehigh.  In her time in that role, Ashley has had the opportunity to work closely with all aspects of the Lehigh fraternity and sorority community, including advising our undergraduate councils, partnering with the Greek Alumni Council, and implementing a variety of health and safety, diversity and inclusion and other educational initiatives within our community.  We feel confident that with the full support of the Student Affairs leadership, Ashley will effectively be able to lead the OFSA team during this time of transition.  Congratulations Ashley and thank you for your willingness to serve in this capacity!

As mentioned above, we are committed to the continued future success of our fraternity and sorority community at Lehigh, and as such, we will begin a new national search for this position in Spring 2016.  

On another note, we would also like to announce that Jennifer Tedeschi who has served as an Assistant Director at Lehigh for the past year will be moving on to a new role as Interim Assistant Director for Student Activities and Greek Life at Gettysburg College in the next two weeks.  Jennifer worked with IFC and a number of our chapters over the past year and also assisted with other departmental initiatives such as the Greek Gala, Greek Week, and Social Host Training for our chapters.  We are very thankful to Jen for her service to the Dean of Students Office and Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at Lehigh and wish her much success as she begins her new role at Gettysburg and moves closer to loved ones in the D.C. area.  

Over the next couple weeks, chapters who worked with Jen as well as IFC can expect Ashley and I to be in touch with transition plans for the upcoming academic year.  In addition, we will begin an immediate search to fill this Assistant Director vacancy.

In conclusion, we are thankful to so many undergraduate students and alumni members of our community who have been supportive and actively involved with our office during this transitional time. We are looking forward to partnering with all of you to have an excellent year in Fraternity and Sorority Affairs. If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything further, please email us at infrasor@lehigh.edu and Ashley or I will be happy to speak with you.

Thanks,
Allison Gulati