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Dean's Corner

By Mark Largent, October 11, 2017

Dear LBC Colleagues,

In my inaugural post to the Dean's Corner, I wanted to introduce myself to the students and alumni and start describing some of my plans for my time as interim dean of Lyman Briggs College. It is an exciting year for me as I embark on a new challenge as well as for the College as it searches for its next dean, something that it has not done for fifteen years.

After serving as Associate Dean under Elizabeth Simmons for the last four years, I officially took office as Interim Dean on September 8th, and I spent much of the month meeting with staff and faculty to hear about their goals for the year. As is to be expected, many of us feel a little uneasy about losing a Dean that has so profoundly shaped the College and influenced our careers. Dean Simmons led the College for a very long time, and under her leadership Briggs truly blossomed. Most of the staff, advisors, and faculty—all but four people, actually—were hired by Dean Simmons, so it has been a challenge for most of us to imagine anyone but her leading the College.

At the same time, there is a great deal of enthusiasm about the opportunity to conduct a nationwide search for a new dean, which is something that Briggs has never done. The faculty and staff have nominated a set of colleagues to serve as members of the search committee, and the university has chosen a search firm to help identify strong candidates. While the search process progresses, the faculty, staff, and advisors in the College are focused on all the usual things that require their attention during the schoolyear.

Over the next year, we hope to make major advances in a couple of key areas in the College. One of our first initiatives has been to develop a much stronger relationship with our alumni and to cultivate a community of Briggs graduates. Over the last several weeks, we have made a couple of key hires to help advance this effort. First, we hired Kent Workman, the current Director of Student Affairs, to be our inaugural Director of Alumni Affairs. Kent has worked at MSU for over three decades, most of it with Lyman Briggs College. He is the perfect person to help us launch this new initiative.

Joining Kent in our new effort to engage alumni is our new Director of Development, Jackie Richardson. Jackie comes to us from the College of Education's Development Office, and we are excited to have her help us chart of path forward with our alumni, advocates, and community partners.

Kent and Jackie will join forces with Ed Tillet, LBC's Career Services Coordinator, and Michele Beltran, who has long supported the College's work in development and alumni relations. This new effort comes just as we are about to celebrate LBC's 50th anniversary with a fun series of events. Combined, we think we have a wonderful opportunity to expand the great work that the College has long done in training students to become leaders in science, medicine, education, business, and public affairs!


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Mark Largent
Interim Dean, Lyman Briggs College


Previous Posts (Written by former Dean Elizabeth Simmons)

March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
November 2016 (second post)
November 2016
September 2016
August 2016
June 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
October 2015
September 2015