Beloved Dean Leaves Dickinson

Lianna Brown '22, News Editor

On July 9, former Associate Dean of Student Leadership and New Student Programs Josh Eisenberg announced to his “Advisees, Supervisees, and Friends” in an email that he would be leaving Dickinson College on August 2 to take up the position of Dean of College Life at Pomona College.

In an email, Eisenberg explained that “the position of Dean of Campus Life at Pomona allows me to continue overseeing many of the same areas I did at Dickinson: Orientation, student activities, outdoor education, advising Senate.” He said that he will also supervise residence life and housing and work in a new environment. He continued that he was excited to live in California, but also looking forward to returning to campus in May for Commencement. “I’ve enjoyed by two stints at Dickinson and as a spouse of an alumna I will always be connected to the College.”

Erica Lawrence, associate dean of student leadership and campus engagement and former director of LGBTQ Services, will be taking over Eisenberg’s position and responsibilites, Lawrence explained. Lawrence said that she was excited to work on more events and initiatives that he Office of Student Leadership and Campus Engagement (SLCE) is more concerned with. “My hope overall is to build upon the amazing work that has already been done,” she said.

While Lawrence will be taking over Eisenberg’s role in SLCE, Associate Director of Sorority Life and Leadership Programs Anna Baldasarre, will be taking over Eisenberg’s sophomore and junior advisees. “I’ve already met a bunch of new students that I hadn’t met before so I’m excited about to kind of expand my reach to the student body,” Baldasarre said. Associate Vice President for Student Leadership & Campus EngagementBecky Hammell, will be taking over Eisenberg’s senior advisees.

“We were sad to see Josh leave,” said Hammell. “I’m glad that she [Larewnce] has come home to SLCE and we look forward on working with her to advance our office and division mission of providing student programs to develop their identity, make personal connections […] and become engaged citizens here and beyond the limestone walls.”

Students expressed their dismay about Eisenberg’s departure. Julia Chandler ’22, one of Eisenberg’s former advisees said, “I’m so sad. As a dean, he was so friendly and always so helpful. You saw see him everywhere around campus, he was involved in so many different programs, and I’m sure many people on campus will miss him. He’s left big shoes to fill for sure.”

Jooeun Song ’22 another former advisee of Eisenberg, added “Josh was someone who never failed to put a smile on my face whenever I saw him on campus. I’m so sad he’s leaving, but I’m sure he will light up people’s days in California as well!”