Cazenovia College looks forward to 2013-14 with new leadership in place

— Katie O’Brien has stepped into the post of dean for student life and is now overseeing the student life, campus activities, residence life and judicial affairs responsibilities of the college. O’Brien has served as a student life professional at the college since 2001, most recently as its associate dean for student leadership and engagement. She spearheaded the significant growth of student clubs and organizations over the past 12 years, advanced student leadership development (including volunteer involvement in the Cazenovia community, the Alternative Breaks Program and others), strengthened the Student Government Association, and developed student recognition programs and certifications, including establishment of a chapter of the student leadership society—Sigma Alpha Pi.

Christine Richardson has been appointed director of Career and Extended Learning Services. In this new role, she will lead these two related outreach functions in order to provide career and extended learning services to students and alumni. Employed at the college since 2007 as its director of Career Services, Richardson has provided comprehensive career development services to members of the campus community and has supervised the college’s internship program where she successfully implemented internship policies that more effectively serve students and internship sites. Richardson has been employed as a higher education professional for more than 20 years. Before coming to Cazenovia six years ago, she served as director of Career Services for Indiana University-South Bend.

Wayne Westervelt has been named vice president for marketing and communications and will continue as a member of the college’s senior staff. Westervelt, who served as director of communications for the past nine years, will oversee both internal and external communications, crisis communications, media relations and integrated marketing initiatives. With this promotion, Westervelt will assume leadership of the college’s athletics marketing/external communications as well as partner with admissions staff in further expanding the enrollment marketing agenda, including digital and social media enhancements.

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