Search for vacant positions continues
Bowdoin will see a number of new faces in various administrative
positions next year, with a number of administrators moving on to other
jobs or retiring. The searches for a new treasurer and a new assistant
dean of Student Affairs are nearing completion, while the search for a
new director of Facilities will begin soon.
The search committee to find a replacement for Treasurer
Kent Chabotar, who will leave Bowdoin in June to become the president
of Guilford College, is still in the process of interviewing candidates.
"I am optimistic we will identify a treasurer in the
next few weeks, but it is most important that we find the right person
for the job. There are many interesting candidates out there, but we are
being thoughtful and deliberate in our considerations," President
Barry Mills, who chairs the committee, said.
In the interval, Director of Budgets Gerald Boothby will
be here for much of the summer working with Controller Nigel Bearman to
cover any transitional period. Boothby will also be leaving Bowdoin later
this summer to take over as director of finance at Elizabethtown College.
The committee had originally hoped to have chosen a new
candidate by early April. Mills said that they did find one person from
New York City who was very interested in the job and in whom the committee
was very interested, but who decided in the end that for personal reasons
she couldn't move to Maine.
The committee to find a replacement for Assistant Dean of
Student Affairs Mya Mangawang, who will leave to pursue a Ph.D. in art
history at Bryn Mawr College, has narrowed down the initial pool of 113
applicants to four finalists. Two of the candidates interviewed this past
week; the other two will be interviewed next week. The interview process
involves a dinner with members of the search committee and then a full
day of interviews with students, faculty, and staff.
According to Associate Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster,
who chairs the committee, the "incredibly talented" applicant
pool has "more depth than I have seen in any of the other searches
with which I have been involved at Bowdoin." The pool includes current
staff, faculty, alumni, and people from across the U.S. and from several
foreign countries, as well.
"We will have some difficult decisions to make, but
the strength of the pool assures me that we will be able to hire an exceptional
person," Foster said.
The search to replace Director of Facilities Management
Bill Gardiner has yet to begin, but the search committee will be assembled
within the next week and will be chaired by Vice President for Planning
and Development Bill Torrey.
Gardiner will retire from the College on June 30, but will
continue to work with the College as a consultant on the Chapel Towers
project through the end of 2002, working out of his home. "We're
very fortunate that we'll have his expertise to assist us with the work
on the chapel tower repairs," Torrey said.
Torrey said he hopes to have a job description ready and
a search committee in place by the middle of May, and hopes to have a
director named in the fall.
Other College administrators leaving include two assistant directors of Residential Life. Kim Pacelli will head to Harvard to pursue a Master's degree in education, and David Mountcastle will work as an admissions staffer for the Leysin American School in Switzerland.