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President's Office Changes

September 8, 2014

The new academic year brings changes, and that includes changes here in the President’s Office.  

Chief of Staff Jermyn Davis has been my right hand during a vibrant time at Colorado College, and I’ve depended on his often unsung, behind-the-scenes leadership. In addition to supporting development and implementation of our strategic plan, Jermyn has been an invaluable resource to the President’s Cabinet, extended leadership team, and Board of Trustees. Jermyn recently told me that he is ready for a new challenge and so he has begun to transition his duties at CC. I will miss him greatly. Please watch for a celebration of his contributions as we wish him well in his new endeavors.

At the end of the summer, Program Coordinator Andrew Streight ’12 left to backpack across Europe. Over the past two years Andrew staffed strategic planning committees, conducted research, prepared reports, and helped develop In the Loop all-staff meetings. We thank him for his outstanding service to the college.

I am pleased to announce a new arrival to my office. Mary Frances Kerr will join the President’s Office with the new title of special assistant to the president. Mary Frances will serve as a resource to the Cabinet, extended leadership team, and other college committees. She also will facilitate presidential communications, work with the leadership team as the strategic plan continues to move from plan to action, and assist me with relationships with our donors and friends.  Mary Frances has been at the college for nearly six years, and she has strong leadership and management experience, as well as great relationships across campus. 


A familiar face will be taking on a new role: Caitlin Apigian will become special assistant to the Board of Trustees. Caitlin will be my primary staff liaison to the board.  Her new role will be especially critical as the board members move into their leadership roles in the capital campaign. Caitlin also will work on my behalf with President’s Council and with Staff Council on In the Loop. 

With the change in Caitlin’s role, there is a vacancy in the administrative support needed to effectively serve the office and the college. Therefore, we recently posted an opening for an executive assistant position. 

Carolyn Madsen will still be the smiling face greeting you. Lyrae Williams continues in her role as assistant vice president for institutional planning and effectiveness. Along with research analyst Ben Moffitt, her work ensures that we continue to successfully implement our strategic plan; putting our ideas into action.  Debra Zarecky continues as our primary contact for parents.  You also will continue to see Christine Odegi ‘15 returning among the student workers in our office. 

It’s a great team with a great mission!  All of us look forward to working with you again this year!

Warm regards,