(Updated February 10, 8:01 p.m.): Former Director of Health Services Sandra Hayes will temporarily replace Pols as interim director. In addition, Clinical Care Coordinator Wendy Sansone has been promoted to Associate Director. 

Dr. Birgit Pols announced this week that she will step down from her position as Director of Bowdoin Health Services in March to focus on family matters.

“I would like the entire Bowdoin community to know how much I have enjoyed my time here,” said Dr. Pols in an email sent to the Bowdoin community today. “Thank you all for your support, patience, and friendship over the past nearly two years. Bowdoin is a special place, and I will miss everyone who has made coming to work each day such a pleasure.”

Dr. Pols came to Brunswick in July 2014, after serving as director of the New York University Abu Dhabi Health and Wellness Center. Highlights of her tenure at Bowdoin include modernizing Health Center equipment as well as expanding health insurance coverage to transgender students.

“Birgit has provided strong leadership for the Health Center team and superb care for students,” wrote Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster in an email to the Orient. “I’m very sorry she is leaving us less than two years after she joined us, but she is prioritizing family for all the right reasons. I will miss her.”

Upon her departure, the College will appoint an interim director and begin a national search for a new director.