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Announcing New Ombudsperson--Libby Rittenberg

June 12, 2012

Dear Campus Community,

At the May Board of Trustees meeting, the Audit Committee approved the selection of Libby Rittenberg as the next ombudsperson, effective July 1, 2012. Libby was recommended by both the Staff Council and the Faculty Executive Committee.

Libby brings much experience to this role, having served as both a faculty member and a leader in the college’s administration. Libby joined the CC faculty in the fall of 1989 as a professor in the economics department. From August 1996 through May 1999, she served as the faculty special assistant to the president, and she served as the dean of summer programs from January 2003 through September 2008. Libby entered the early retirement program two years ago.

The office of the ombudsperson was created in 2010 to: (1) provide an independent, neutral, informal, off-the-record, confidential, and alternate channel of communication for faculty and staff to surface and resolve workplace issues; (2) model and encourage ethical conduct and values; and (3) help the college protect its reputation and its financial, human, and capital resources.

I would like to thank Jane Cauvel for her work as the first ombudsperson. Jane’s leadership was instrumental in building community over the past two years. The college is indebted to Jane for her compassionate and zealous service.

Finally, I would like to thank the campus community for helping with this important process by submitting nominations to both the Staff Council and Faculty Executive Committee.

Best regards,