Eastern has narrowed its search for a new dean of students to three final candidates.
The university will bring Linda Pimley Fossen, Amy R. Johnson and Laura A. Bayless to campus for interviews April 23 through May 1.
Vice President for Student Affairs Stacey Morgan Foster, who has been filling in as a temporary dean of students, said, “We had a larger pool than we had the time before, and I think the candidates this time are representing people who have significant experiences in higher education and in student affairs.”
When selected, candidates are reviewed through human resources. The search committee reviews a candidate’s résumé and materials. Once candidates are narrowed down, the remaining applicants are interviewed over Skype.
“I think our new dean needs to have the students’ best interest as a top priority. I think a lot of higher positions often do things for their own agendas and it isn’t always good for the students,” senior Amanda Park said.
The search committee consists of: Laurie Connelly, chair of the committee and associate
to the president, Stacey Reece, director of student involvement and leadership, Pui-Yan Lam, sociology and justice department chair, Virginia Hinch, director of career services, Michelle Helmerick, dean of students administrative assistant and Oscar Ocana, ASEWU president.
Similar to the previous search process, candidates will present materials at an open forum on campus where students, faculty and staff can sit in, comment and fill out a score sheet with their comments and recommendations.
All open forums will be held at the campus’s JFK Auditorium from 3 to 4:15 p.m.
Fossen will visit April 23, Johnson on April 26 and Bayless on April 30.
“I’ve been to the forums from the last search and it’s really nice that students get to have a say in these sorts of decisions,” senior Hanna Ramsey said. “I often feel like there’s a lot students don’t know and aren’t included in … forums like these are a great place for students to express their concerns and comments.”
In addition to working closely with the student government, the dean of student’s position requires work with campus recreation, residential activities, student activities, career services and more.
With the recommendation of Morgan Foster, final decisions are made by President Arévalo. When final decisions will be made has not been decided.