Dear Colleagues and Students,

With the election of Fr. John Denning as our new president, he and I have begun the task of presidential transition.  As you can imagine, there are many details which need attention over the next five and a half weeks before Fr. John assumes office on July 1st.  In our meeting this week, we both agreed that it would be helpful if we appointed an interim Vice President for Student Affairs who would assume Fr. John’s current duties prior to July 1st.  According to our bylaws, the vice presidents are appointed by the Board of Trustees on the recommendation of the president.  Moving forward, Fr. John will work with the Board to appoint his replacement to this important position.

This morning, I am delighted to announce that Pauline Dobrowski, our current Associate Vice President for Students Affairs and Dean of Students, has been appointed Vice President for Student Affairs (Interim) effective May 28, 2013.

Pauline first came to Stonehill in 1994 as a residence director.  She then moved to Wentworth Institute of Technology in 1996 where she served in various roles rising to the position of Associate Director of Residence Life.  She returned to Stonehill in 2001 as our Director of Residence Life.  In 2004 she was promoted to Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and in 2006 to Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. In this role, she oversees various areas in student affairs including residence life, student activities, community standards and counseling and testing.  She also has served in leading various college-wide initiatives including the Alcohol Task Force, as well as components of strategic planning and college NEASC accreditation committees.

Pauline received her BA in psychology from Boston College and her Master of Social Work from Simmons College.  She is a licensed social worker and has had clinical placements in youth and higher education contexts. She also has held leadership positions in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), including serving as the Region I Vice President from 2008-2010 and most recently as a member of the NASPA 2013 National Conference Committee.

This is not Pauline’s first stint as interim vice president as she served for a period of time in 2011 when Fr. John had a richly deserved sabbatical.  In that role she provided me wise counsel and led the Student Affairs Division with distinction.

All who have worked with Pauline know her to be a strategic thinker, collaborative and committed to the College’s student-focused mission.

Please join me in congratulating Pauline on this appointment.

Yours in Holy Cross,

Fr. Mark