Recent Changes in Dickinson Senior Staff

Rachael Franchini ’19, Co-Editor-in-Chief

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The departure of several members of the Senior Staff of Dickinson College has left the personnel administration quite different than it was at the beginning of 2018.

Joyce Bylander, the previous vice president of student life and dean of students, retired at the end of the spring 2018 semester. The campus was notified of her retirement in an email sent on Jan. 9. The position has now been filled by George Stroud.

“George Stroud arrived at Dickinson in July as our new vice president for student life and dean of students,” stated President Margee Ensign in an email statement to The Dickinsonian. “[He] immediately began immersing himself in the work of the student life division and Dickinson as a whole. In addition, he has already made great connections within the Carlisle community which will benefit the campus and our students.”

Shortly after receiving notice of Bylander’s retirement, the Dickinson community received an email on Jan. 17 which stated that Dana Scaduto, previous general counsel, would be leaving Dickinson, having accepted the position of Associate General Counsel at Dartmouth College.

“This is a wonderful professional and personal opportunity for Dana but a significant loss for Dickinson,” the email from Ensign read.

Scaduto’s position has been filled by Kendall Isaac. According to Ensign, he will be starting on Sept. 24, and he is “very excited” to begin working at Dickinson.

On June 7, Dickinsonians received yet another email with news of a change in administration.

“Stefanie Niles, vice president of enrollment management, and I [Ensign] have agreed that it would be beneficial to seek new leadership for the division,” the email stated. Cathy Davenport ’87, dean of admissions, will lead recruitment and financial aid in the interim. There has been no replacement to the position of enrollment management yet.

Jason Rivera, who was director of institutional research during his time at Dickinson, has also left the college, according to his LinkedIn post from one month ago.

“Today is my last day at Dickinson College as I have accepted an offer to become the Vice President for Institutional Research & Strategic Initiatives at University of Bridgeport,” the post read. “This is a major opportunity and I am honored and excited to join UB and get to work there.” The Dickinson community was not notified by email or any other official means by which to disperse his leaving.

Ashley Perzyna, who was previously assistant chief of staff & assistant secretary of the college in the Office of the President, has also accepted a position at University of Bridgeport. She started in her new position as Chief of Staff to the President in Sept. 2018.

On her LinkedIn page, she wrote “Everything I have learned and experienced thus far in my career in higher education has led me to this, and I look forward to all the twists and turns that lie ahead.” There was additionally no formal announcement to the campus of her departure.