September 7, 2010
Dear members of the Vassar community,
Our recent work on the goal of financial equilibrium for the College provided the opportunity to consider and implement the reorganization of three important administrative offices: the Office of Development, the AAVC (Alumnae and Alumni of Vassar College), and the Office of College Relations. The result of much hard work on the part of everyone in these areas has been the creation of two new administrative offices to replace the previous three.
I am pleased to report that the College now has an office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development that oversees the broad areas of alumnae/i services and programming, as well as fundraising for the institution. Cathy Baer, former Vice-President for Development, is now the Vice-President for Alumnae/i Affairs and Development. Pat Lichtenberg is Associate Vice-President and also retains her title of Executive Director of the AAVC, which continues as an association of alumnae and alumni of Vassar College. Staff of the new office now are largely housed in Alumnae House, another very positive outcome of the reorganization.
The former Office of College Relations is now the Office of Communications, retaining all of its editorial, print production, web development, and media relations functions, as well as the Powerhouse Theater, but also comprising closer relationships with alumnae/i and development communications. Susan DeKrey is the Vice-President of the Office of Communications, located on the second floor of Main Building. I also would like to thank colleagues in Summer Programs and Special Events and in the Office of Campus Activities for the transition of Summer Programs from College Relations to Campus Activities.
I am grateful to everyone who contributed to this very significant, positive change in our administrative structure. We already are seeing the benefits of the reorganization, notably a fuller integration of the efforts of people who do similar work. I believe the value of these changes will become ever more evident going forward.