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Church named Dean of Student Affairs

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Interim dean of Student Affairs Jennifer Church has been officially named dean of Student Affairs, vice president of Enrollment William Elliott announced in a press conference Monday.

Church has served in the interim dean position since June 2005, when former dean Michael Murphy was promoted to associate vice president of the university. In her time as interim dean, Church has initiated new programs on the Carnegie Mellon campus, such as the Late Night Program and the Greek Task Force, according to The Tartan's March 27 article "Candidates for permanent dean of Student Affairs hold forums."

"Jennifer has been a strong advocate, advisor and counselor for our students during the past 10 years and she's become a vital member of our university community," stated Elliott in an April 3 University press release. "She has proven time and again that she possesses the necessary management skills, experience, vision and compassion to create and implement the types of programs that are essential to building and enhancing our campus community."

The installment of Church as dean brings to close a national search that drew 70 applicants since last fall. A 17-member search committee narrowed the search down to nine finalists early this semester, before selecting the top three finalists: Church; Richard Ferraro, dean of students at Bucknell University; and Charlene Cole-Newkirk, dean of the College of Southern Maryland’s Prince Frederick campus. All three finalists held forums in March that were open to students and faculty.

“You can’t build a community if you feel that you don’t have a place where you belong in that community,” Church said at her March 7 forum.