Due to insufficient storage and concerns about Ashby House’s ability to house large quantities of books on the upper floors, the College will relocate the Religion Department to a space in Kanbar Hall in January. This move has triggered several other relocations that will take place during the spring and next fall, in addition to nine other relocations that will transform the layout of campus. 

With the religion department occupying Kanbar, the Office of Off-Campus Study, the Office of Health Professions Advising and the Office of Student Research and Fellowships will move into the current Office of Residential Life space in Moulton Union.Residential Life will in turn move to the nearby Dudley Coe Building.

According to Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd, these moves will allow for easier collaboration between the Career Planning Center, already located in Moulton Union, and the offices moving in.

“For students I think it’s much easier if you can go into one location and not have to know whether you are talking about a fellowship or a funded internship or summer opportunity,” she said.

As for the religion department, professors have expressed minimal concerns about the move. 
“The religion department is looking forward to the move to Kanbar,” said Associate Professor of Religion Robert Morrison. “As the move is scheduled during Winter Break, we are confident that there will be minimal disruption in our teaching and scholarship.”  

“That space for religion is one which fits the department perfectly in terms of the number of offices, and it gives them a great identifiable space,” Judd added. 

Moving out of Ashby will also allow renovations to be made to the house. According to Senior Vice President for Finance and Administrator and Treasurer Katy Longley, the Treasurer’s Office is currently pricing these repairs and plans to relocate the Office of Student Aid to Ashby from Gustafson House in August.

“I think having the Financial Aid Office renovated and close to the Admissions Office will be helpful to prospective students and students here,” said Longley.

Additionally, the Bursar’s Office, the Controller’s Office and the Bowdoin College Human Resources Department will all move from 16 Station Avenue to 216 Maine Street in January. Longley says that these moves are unrelated to the relocation of the religion department to Kanbar. They will, however, minimize the outsourcing of office spaces to buildings off campus. 

“The College will no longer have to be paying rent. We have a lease there [Station Avenue] until the end of the second semester,” said Longley. “We may use it for faculty offices for the remainder of the year.”

To facilitate the larger moves, Upward Bound offices will move from Dudley Coe to Gustafson House and two Counseling Services offices will leave 30 College Street for Gustafson House.