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June 4, 2010

President Weiss Announces Reorganization of the President’s Cabinet and the Division of Student Life

President Daniel H. Weiss announced staffing changes today that will take place in a reorganization of the President’s Cabinet and the Division of Student Life.

James F. Krivoski, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, will step down after serving nearly 11 years as the College’s senior student affairs officer and become executive assistant to Weiss and administrative secretary to the Board of Trustees.

Stevie O. Daniels, who has served as executive assistant to the president and administrative secretary to the Board for the last four years, will become associate director of College communications in the Communications Division. She also will remain as special assistant to the Board and recording secretary for meetings of the Board of Trustees and the Board’s Executive Committee.

The changes are effective July 1, 2010, Weiss said in a message to the campus community, adding that the College will undertake searches for two positions in the Division of Student Life. The first is a vice president for campus life and senior diversity officer. The second is an associate dean of students and director of intercultural development.

Krivoski has served as head of the student life division since November 1, 1999, when he succeeded Herman C. Kissiah. The division advances the mission of the College by shaping an environment in which students are supported and challenged to deepen their understanding of themselves, others, and the world. It includes the Department of Athletics, Counseling Services, Health Services, the Office of Intercultural Development, Judicial Affairs, the Landis Community Outreach Center, Recreation Services, the Office of Religious Life, the Office of Residence Life, the Office of Student Life Programs, and the Williams Center for the Arts.

Krivoski will continue to supervise the intercollegiate athletics program and the Williams Center for the Arts and will support the College’s ongoing work with the City of Easton.

“Jim Krivoski has overseen significant changes and implemented numerous innovations to improve the Lafayette experience in every sector of student life outside the classroom,” Weiss said. “His deep concern for young people has touched the lives and enriched the experience of generations of Lafayette students, and his dedicated, effective leadership has helped define the College and make it a better place.”

Krivoski currently serves on the Working Group on Greek Life and Campus Community. During the 2008-09 academic year, he participated on the Ad Hoc Committee on Residence Life, which set a direction for the future of the College’s residential living program. In 2006-07, Krivoski helped lead the development of the College’s strategic plan as a member of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and co-chair of the Subcommittee on the Student Experience.

In 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice cited Lafayette among eight colleges and universities nationally with promising practices in addressing sexual assault on campus in its study “Sexual Assault on Campus: What College and Universities Are Doing About It,” the first major survey of how higher education reports and handles the problem of sexual assault.

In 2007, Krivoski was awarded a grant by Fulbright International Education Administrators attend the Seminar for U.S. Administrators in International Education in Berlin and other cities in Germany on German higher education for American university and college administrators. In 2010, he was selected by NASPA, an organization of student affairs administrators in higher education, to participate in its international exchange program in Australia.

In 2005-06, Weiss’ first year as president, Krivoski served as executive assistant to the president and administrative secretary to the Board on an interim basis.

Prior to becoming dean of students in 1999, Krivoski had served as associate dean of students and director of student life for 10 years. In that role, he oversaw housing and residence life, student activities and the Farinon College Center, the Counseling Center and health education programs, the Chaplain’s Office and community outreach programs, judicial affairs, fraternity and sorority life, intramural and recreational sports programs, international student programs, and leadership development.

He came to Lafayette in 1985 as assistant dean of students and director of student residence and was promoted to associate dean of students and director of student residence in 1987. He also has taught two courses, The American College Student, a seminar for first-year students, and Higher Education in America.

Lafayette students named Krivoski Administrator of the Year for 1992-93 and Adviser of the Year for 1997-98. In 1988-89 Krivoski completed a one-year doctoral internship with Lafayette’s president, David W. Ellis. He managed a two-year research study that resulted in a major acquisition of computer technology by Lafayette and, subsequently, in the installation of a campus-wide computer network.

Daniels came to Lafayette in 1991 as assistant to President Robert I. Rotberg and managing editor of the Journal of Interdisciplinary History under Rotberg. She joined the Office of Public Information in 1994 as publications manager and was promoted to director of publications in 1997 and to director of publications and electronic media in 2001. In 2003, she left campus to attend the University of Georgia in her home state, continuing to serve the College as special publications editor on a part-time basis while earning a degree in horticulture.

She returned to campus and to full-time status as executive assistant to the president and administrative secretary to the Board July 1, 2006. Among other accomplishments, she led the development of a new web site for Trustees and created an online index of the minutes of Board meetings from 1915 to the present. Before coming to Lafayette, Daniels was managing editor, then executive editor, of Organic Gardening magazine, published by Rodale Press, for seven years. She is the author of The Wild Lawn Handbook: Alternatives to the Traditional Front Lawn (Macmillan, 1995) and the editor of Easy Lawns: Low-Maintenance Native Grasses for Gardeners Everywhere (Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1999).

Weiss said, “I am grateful for Stevie’s outstanding service to the Board and to me and I’m confident that she will contribute a great deal to the Communications Division, where her talents as an experienced editor and writer will be essential to the College’s initiative to enhance marketing and communications under the direction of Vice President Bob Massa.I also am pleased that she will have a continuing role with the Board where she has proven to be a trusted and valuable asset.”

Reporting to the president and serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet, the vice president for campus life and senior diversity officer will collaborate closely with the provost and dean of the faculty and the vice presidents for business affairs, development and college relations, human resources, and communications. S/he will provide leadership as the chief student affairs officer and will develop and supervise initiatives to promote pluralism and dialogue on matters of diversity for the Lafayette community.

Reporting to the new vice president for campus life, the associate dean of students and director of intercultural development will develop and supervise initiatives to ensure academic and social success for individual students and groups and will promote cultural pluralism and dialogue on matters of race and ethnicity for the Lafayette community.

The College has chosen to use the term “intercultural” to place the focus on dialogue among peoples of diverse ethnic, racial, and national heritages. Both the vice president and the associate dean will be expected to exercise collaborative leadership with institutional partners including faculty, student life and academic deans, enrollment planning, alumni affairs, and athletics in the cultivation of an environment at the College in which cultural diversity is an important forum for liberal learning and academic and career successes are racially and ethnically diverse.

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