Two Added To RLSLPBy Jennifer Krishnan
The Office of Residential Life and Student Life Programs is continuing its expansion by hiring two new deans.
David N. Rogers is the new Assistant Dean and Director of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living groups. He is one of four people covering the job of former Assistant Dean and Director of FSILGs Neal H. Dorow.
Barbara Baker has been hired as Associate Dean and Director of Student Life Programs, one of two to replace former Associate Dean and Director of Residential Life and Student Life Programs Andrew M. Eisenmann ’70.
Vacancy spurs reevaluation
“Whenever there’s a vacancy, it’s used as a time to reassess and reevaluate” the position being filled, Rogers said. After Dorow’s resignation, RLSLP decided to divide his responsibilities among four people, comprising an FSILG Advising Team: Kathleen Baxter, Program Coordinator; Lisa M. Walsh, Operations Coordinator; Denise A. Vallay, Program Assistant; and Rogers, who will head the team.
Rogers will work closely with FSILGs and the Interfraternity Council on programming and development.
Prior to coming to MIT on May 7, Rogers was the Assistant Coordinator for Greek Life at the University of Connecticut. FSILG life on MIT’s campus “doesn’t differ much at all,” Rogers said. “The issues are the same. The developmental needs are the same.”
Yet Rogers notes that he came to MIT for the challenge. “It’s busier, it’s more challenging, and there are a lot more issues” to discuss, he said. “We don’t have [the decision to house all freshmen on campus in 2002] over at UConn.”
Baker, Nilsson replace Eisenmann
When Eisenmann left the position of Associate Dean and Director of RLSLP, his position and responsibilities were also reevaluated, said Program Administrator for Residential Programs Ricky A. Gresh. RLSLP decided to the divide the responsibilities between two co-directors, one to oversee residential life and one for student life programs. Karen A. Nilsson has been the Director of Housing Operations for several months; Baker will begin as Associate Dean and Director of Student Life Programs on July 9.
Baker “will be directly responsible for FSILG advising,” Gresh said, and the FSILG Advising Team will report to her. She will also oversee residential programs, student activities, lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgendered support, and the Public Service Center.
Until yesterday Baker was Dean of Student Development and Residence Education at Duke University.
RLSLP continues to expand
“We’ve been expanding a lot over the last couple of years,” Gresh said, admitting that this year was exceptional in terms of expansion. Three new people were hired when Dorow resigned (Baxter had already been hired), Eisenmann’s position was split in two, and RLSLP hired four new Residential Life Associates.
“It’s a recognition by the Institute that more support should be available [for] student life,” Gresh said.
He added that being under the leadership of a new Dean for Student Life, Larry G. Benedict, catalyzed RLSLP’s expansion this year.
Baker could not be reached for comment.