CPD, Rocky currently operating without permanent directors

by The Dartmouth Senior Staff | 9/24/19 2:10am


The CPD is currently under the leadership of interim director Monica Wilson.

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Roger Woolsey resigned from his position as senior assistant dean and director of the Center for Professional Development on Sept. 6, which has left two major centers on campus — the CPD and the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy — without permanent heads. 

Former senior associate director Monica Wilson is now serving as interim director of the CPD, she confirmed to The Dartmouth in an email statement. Woolsey’s profile on the CPD’s “About Us” page on its website has been removed, with Wilson listed as interim director.

Wilson wrote that she would be serving as the CPD’s interim director this year and that the CPD is “operating at full speed.”

The CPD recently hosted internship, job and law school fairs over the course of two days, which were attended by around 1,400 students and that featured more than 100 employers and 13 law schools.

Woolsey began working at the CPD in May of 2013, according to his LinkedIn profile, before which he served as director of Colby College’s Career Center from 2008 to 2013 and as an adjunct professor at Emerson College from 1997 to 2008. 

The Rockefeller Center director position has been vacant since July, when economics professor Andrew Samwick finished his tenure and decided to return to teaching and research. He had held the director position since 2004, after nearly 10 years in Dartmouth’s economics department and a stint as chief economist on President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors from 2003 to 2004. 

The Rockefeller Center’s website currently lists deputy director Sadhana Hall and associate director Ronald Shaiko as its top administrators. College spokesperson Diana Lawrence wrote in an email statement that the search for a new director is still ongoing. 

Samwick told The Dartmouth that the Rockefeller Center will not hire an interim director and that the operations of the Center, including its programming, are proceeding normally as the search process continues. Government professor Dean Lacy and associate dean of the faculty for the social sciences John Carey are leading the search process, Samwick said.

In addition to the ongoing director search, the Rockefeller Center recently added two more members to its staff: Robert Coates as assistant director for co-curricular programs and Joanne Blais, former head of adult services at Howe Library in Hanover, as a member of the public programming staff. 

Correction appended (Oct. 18, 2019): The article originally stated that Samwick stepped down from his position as the director of the Rockefeller Center, when in fact, his contract expired and he decided to return to teaching. The article has been updated to reflect this change.