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CMC Dean of Students Jefferson Huang is apparently looking for other options. According the The Amherst Student, Amherst College is seeking a new Dean of Students since the current Dean is retiring after 25 years in that position, and, after soliciting applications and separating the chaff, our own Dean Huang is on their shortlist.

amherstThe Search Committee for the Dean of Students, which has solicited applications for the position since Lieber’s decision to step down, has narrowed the number of candidates to four. They include Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Bowdoin College Margaret Hazlett, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Claremont McKenna College Jefferson Huang, Senior Associate Dean of Students at Amherst Charri Boykin-East and, finally, Dean of Students at Georgetown University Law Center Mitchell Bailin.

“The goal is to have someone as soon as we possibly can [to fill the position],” said Tekla Harms, Professor of Geology and chair of the Search Committee. “One of these four candidates is liable to become our Dean of Students.”

Yesterday, the first of four candidates visited Amherst to meet with faculty, administrators and students. Over the next three weeks, the other three candidates will make similar appearances.

Lieber, Amherst’s current Dean of Students, actually sought to step down last year but the college could not find a suitable replacement in time and he agreed to stay on until one could be found.  Considering Lieber’s rush to leave, we can only imagine that if Huang is chosen he will be expected to start very soon.  According to the Student, Huang is planning to visit Amherst in the next few weeks.  With tough competition from Georgetown, Amherst, and an internal applicant however, we may not be saying goodbye to Huang just yet, something he emphasized when The Forum reached him for comment,

I get calls like this fairly frequently; just yesterday, I was contacted by a headhunter for the Dean of Students position at Swarthmore College, who said I had been recommended by someone else for the position. I’ve been asked to apply for similar positions at Yale, Brown, Rice, and others. Each time, my answer has been, “No, thanks.” I’m happy at CMC, and was not actively looking to make a move.

I felt that Amherst’s position was worth taking a look at for personal reasons. I have family in Massachusetts, and I spent several of my summers during college living on the campus of Amherst, working as a summer RA. So I decided to talk to them about the position.

I wouldn’t get too worried or excited (whichever it may be) about my potentially leaving CMC at this point.

No news right now as to what CMC’s administration would do should we lose Dean Huang.

34 COMMENTS

  1. Let’s hope he stays… I don’t know who would fill his shoes. Maybe we can go cry on Dean Hess’s shoulder?

  2. Let’s hope he stays… I don’t know who would fill his shoes. Maybe we can go cry on Dean Hess’s shoulder?

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  5. Dean Huang (along with I-Place director, Donald) was ever so helpful this summer when I was having Visa issues. I really hope he doesn’t leave– people who really care about students as much as he does are few and far between.

    P.S. But I do like Dean Hess too… but then who would replace him as Dean of Faculty?

  6. Dean Huang (along with I-Place director, Donald) was ever so helpful this summer when I was having Visa issues. I really hope he doesn’t leave– people who really care about students as much as he does are few and far between.

    P.S. But I do like Dean Hess too… but then who would replace him as Dean of Faculty?

  7. I think the Hess comment was a joke… but imagine how awesome it would be to have an economist as DOS… someone who understands how we think

  8. I think the Hess comment was a joke… but imagine how awesome it would be to have an economist as DOS… someone who understands how we think

  9. I’ve had to interact with Dean Hess on multiple occasions and he CLEARLY demonstrated his lack of interest in students. He couldn’t do half the job that Dean Huang has done. I really hope that if Dean Huang does leave that he will be replaced with someone who actually advocates for students instead of constantly opposing us.

  10. I’ve had to interact with Dean Hess on multiple occasions and he CLEARLY demonstrated his lack of interest in students. He couldn’t do half the job that Dean Huang has done. I really hope that if Dean Huang does leave that he will be replaced with someone who actually advocates for students instead of constantly opposing us.

  11. Huang is amazing. He’s patient, friendly, and understanding — it would be terrible to lose him.

  12. Huang is amazing. He’s patient, friendly, and understanding — it would be terrible to lose him.

  13. 1. hess is the man, you guys don’t know what you’re talking about.

    2. huang is also the man, and CMC would be screwed if they lost him. heaven knows we don’t want more beth riccas running around ruining the school.

  14. 1. hess is the man, you guys don’t know what you’re talking about.

    2. huang is also the man, and CMC would be screwed if they lost him. heaven knows we don’t want more beth riccas running around ruining the school.

  15. Um guys. They’ve already hired a new dean of students for the Spring,.Has this information not been made public yet? I’ve heard rumors about others leaving, but I’m not going to name names. Dean Huang and others have been wonderful mentors. While I am sad to see them go, I’m reluctant to place pressure on them because I want to see them happy and successful.

    • If I remember correctly, CMC hired a staff member in DOS for the spring, but I don’t think that’s public, if that’s what you’re referring to?

  16. Um guys. They’ve already hired a new dean of students for the Spring,.Has this information not been made public yet? I’ve heard rumors about others leaving, but I’m not going to name names. Dean Huang and others have been wonderful mentors. While I am sad to see them go, I’m reluctant to place pressure on them because I want to see them happy and successful.

    • If I remember correctly, CMC hired a staff member in DOS for the spring, but I don’t think that’s public, if that’s what you’re referring to?

  17. It would be a shame to see dean Huang leave. I wouldn’t be sorry to see other dos people go!

  18. It would be a shame to see dean Huang leave. I wouldn’t be sorry to see other dos people go!

  19. two things:

    first off, let Dean Huang go if he gets the job. It’s a great move for him and it’s a good opportunity…the reason he’s getting this chance is because he is so good at what he does. Embrace his talents and wish him well if it pans out.

    And two: I had to laugh about hiring an economist to replace Dean Huang…the LAST thing CMC needs is another economist taking up space on campus. If there is one thing college students generally are not, it is RATIONAL. Applying that truth, I fail to see how an economist could ever be of service as head of DOS. Hire an art historian for god’s sake. Now there’s something CMC could use: someone who can articulate the value of “point of view” and of “perspective” as it applies to the critical analysis of creativity. This this place would be one step closer to actually being a liberal arts college, rather than just pretending like it all the time.

    • I don’t understand the hostility that some folks have to this being a government/economics school. It’s our comparative advantage over the other liberal arts colleges, which frankly suck.

      It’s past time for those who want us to be just another liberal arts college to go with Dean Huang.

  20. two things:

    first off, let Dean Huang go if he gets the job. It’s a great move for him and it’s a good opportunity…the reason he’s getting this chance is because he is so good at what he does. Embrace his talents and wish him well if it pans out.

    And two: I had to laugh about hiring an economist to replace Dean Huang…the LAST thing CMC needs is another economist taking up space on campus. If there is one thing college students generally are not, it is RATIONAL. Applying that truth, I fail to see how an economist could ever be of service as head of DOS. Hire an art historian for god’s sake. Now there’s something CMC could use: someone who can articulate the value of “point of view” and of “perspective” as it applies to the critical analysis of creativity. This this place would be one step closer to actually being a liberal arts college, rather than just pretending like it all the time.

    • I don’t understand the hostility that some folks have to this being a government/economics school. It’s our comparative advantage over the other liberal arts colleges, which frankly suck.

      It’s past time for those who want us to be just another liberal arts college to go with Dean Huang.

  21. Fact of the matter is, Dean Huang is a fantastic individual and the cog in our wheel. HE is the reason the campus “runs like butter.”
    He took time out of his day just so he could meet with a freshman who hadn’t even met his advisor yet.
    NICE. GUY.

    I would be thrilled if he stayed, reluctant to see him go, but at the end of the day, I hope CMC can be happy for whatever makes Dean Huang happy.

    (That being said, Please stay Dean Huang!)

  22. Fact of the matter is, Dean Huang is a fantastic individual and the cog in our wheel. HE is the reason the campus “runs like butter.”
    He took time out of his day just so he could meet with a freshman who hadn’t even met his advisor yet.
    NICE. GUY.

    I would be thrilled if he stayed, reluctant to see him go, but at the end of the day, I hope CMC can be happy for whatever makes Dean Huang happy.

    (That being said, Please stay Dean Huang!)

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