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Aug. 25, 2003
Reference: 2003-04: 6
College Names New Dean of Students
Tracy Poon Tambascia has
been named Dean of Students at Whittier College. Tambascia, formerly Associate
Dean of Students and Director of the Cultural Center at Whittier, replaced Dave
Leonard, who left Whittier to become Dean of Freshmen at Washington and Lee
University in Lexington, Va.
“We are very sorry indeed
to see Dave leave, but delighted for his new opportunity at Washington and Lee,”
said Whittier President Katherine Haley Will. “Dave has accomplished so much and
made many friends in his time at Whittier; he will be greatly missed.
“His departure offers an
opportunity for Whittier to undertake some major reorganization of
responsibilities in Student Life and Academic Affairs, and to implement even
more fully the vision in the strategic plan for an integration of the living and
learning environment at the College,” Will said.
In her new position,
Tambascia reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and is a member of
the president’s senior staff. She joined Whittier College in 1995 as the
Director of Student Activities and assumed responsibility as Director of the
Cultural Center and Associate Dean in 1998.
Prior to her arrival at
Whittier College, Tambascia was the Director of Student Activities at Mount St.
Mary’s College in Los Angeles. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Occidental
College, and an M.A. in psychology from California State University, Los
As Dean of Students, she
will hire an associate dean of students who will also act as dean of freshmen.
The new associate dean will assume oversight of the Cultural Center. In
addition, Tambascia and Laura McEnaney, associate professor of history, will
co-chair a new committee: the First Year Experience and Retention Committee,
which will oversee and integrate the college’s many retention and student
“We’re very pleased about
the partnership and team approach being developed
between Academic Affairs
and Student Life,” Will said. “With the new reporting relationship, the vice
president for academic affairs and the dean of students will be able to work
even more closely together, especially on issues related to the first year-
experience, persistence, diversity and campus culture.
“Enriching our campus
culture and linking living and learning experiences are key elements of our
strategic plan, and this reorganization moves us closer to our goal,
particularly as we move ahead with plans for the Center for Academic Success and
the office of Internships and Service Learning.”
18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year
college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional
programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which
is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association
of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.