Daniel Robb, the new dean of Enrollment Management, comes to the College from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., where he held the dual title of assistant vice president for Enrollment Management and associate dean of Admissions. “Having worked for many years at Mason, I was fortunate to have gained experience with a large, diverse student population,” Robb says. “The urban community college, to me, represents the next frontier of higher education. The College has the honor of serving those students who will benefit most from a community college environment, and my role here is the highlight of my career. I am excited to assume leadership of a staff that works so hard and does so much. Our shared commitment to the students, the College and the city of Philadelphia will bring long-term benefits to all three.”
At Mason, Robb was promoted three times in six years to a variety of leadership positions. “At the heart of it, I am an educator,” he says. “Simply put, I want to motivate students to apply, enroll, and most of all, graduate!” Robb has a M.B.A. from University of Massachusetts Boston, an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Columbia University and a B.S. in Political Science from the University at Albany. Prior to his time at George Mason, he worked at the University of Massachusetts (Boston) and Bridgewater State College.
Retiring dean of Enrollment Services Dr. Beatrice Elizabeth Jones has seen many changes during her nearly four decades of service at the College, but none so grand as the debut of the spacious, new Enrollment Central in the Bonnell Building. “I am happy to have been around long enough to see that happen,” she said. Dr. Jones, 62, started at the College as a student when the institution itself was barely three years old. She earned an associate’s degree in Business Administration in 1972 and then received her bachelor’s at Drexel University.
The day after graduation, she stopped by the College to share the good news with members of the Cashier’s staff who had befriended her. A supervisor offered the new graduate a temporary summer job as a cashier. Jones accepted the position and has worked ever since on behalf of students. Dr. Jones went on to earn an MBA in Business Management from Wilmington College and an Ed.D. in Educational Innovation and Leadership from Wilmington University. Each time an opportunity for promotion presented itself, she was ready. "Her first concern is always to ensure that we provide quality services to students in order to help them achieve their goals," vice president of Student Affairs Samuel Hirsch said.
Wendy Kohler, director of the Center on Disability, wants to ensure every student gets the support he or she needs to succeed. Kohler, the former associate director of Disability Resources and Services at Temple University, arrived at the College last November in time to oversee the Center on Disability’s move to new quarters in the Bonnell Building, Room BG-39, next to Enrollment Central. “Our new location promotes the concept that students registered with the Center are, first and foremost, members of the diverse College community. We all must work together to ensure their inclusion from application through graduation,” Kohler says. “The College has a long history of being a leader in serving students with disabilities. The challenge is to build on that legacy and make sure that we maintain that lead.” She has a B.A. in Psychology from State University of New York at Cortland and an M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services from State University of New York at Oswego.
Patrick Clancy joins the College as executive director for the federal TAACCCT grant that funds the JobTrakPA job training program for displaced workers. Clancy will manage the grant, which is shared by Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges. His workforce development experience includes the Private Industry Council of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation. He has a B.S. in Business Administration from La Salle University.
Students and staff from the College refurbished more than 250 donated stuffed animals for homeless children on Jan. 21, the 18th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at Girard College. The Student Leadership and Involvement Center sponsored the drive.