Campus News in Brief

One-year extension granted to Cohon’s, Kamlet’s terms

Last Tuesday, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to extend President Jared Cohon’s term for an additional year until June 2013. Mark Kamlet, the university’s executive vice president and provost, has also agreed to a one-year extension to his term, also bringing his term to a close in June 2013 as well.

“When the idea of staying on another year as president was presented to me, I was pleased to consider the proposal and to say yes to the opportunity. After 16 years as president, I will step down on June 30, 2013, knowing the innovations and accomplishments of this university are a source of pride for all of us,” Cohon said in a university press release. “I’m also pleased that my esteemed colleague Mark Kamlet has agreed to continue as executive vice president and provost, keeping our superb administrative team intact.”

Cohon and Kamlet have already made a considerable impact on the university. Cohon’s emphasis on global awareness, ethics, environmental studies, and innovation have substantially impacted the Carnegie Mellon curriculum. During their term, Carnegie Mellon has risen among the ranks to be considered one of the top-ranking universities in the world. Carnegie Mellon has also been able to extend its borders, opening up a sister campus in Doha, Qatar, as well as offering degree programs in Australia, Europe, and Latin America.

Dean of Student Affairs vacancy filled by Casalegno

After conducting an extensive search to fill the recently vacated position of dean of Student Affairs, the administration has successfully found a replacement in Gina Casalegno.
Casalegno, who has been a university employee for the past eight years, was until recently serving as the interim director of the Career and Professional Development Center and assistant dean of Student Affairs.

Casalegno also previously held the position of coordinator and director of the Office of Student Activities and was a housefellow for London Terrace and Shirley Apartments.
Casalegno’s candidacy was announced late in the search, and she was the only internal candidate considered.

“In leading the Division of Student Affairs, Gina’s deep and abiding commitment to our students will continue to impact the whole of our community,” said Michael Murphy, vice president for Campus Affairs, in a Carnegie Mellon press release. “She firmly believes in our mission and in the reality that the intensive academic life of the institution is entirely consistent with an engaged and active life outside the classroom, lab, studio, or stage.”