Honors and Academic Honors Program Directors Leave BW – THE EXHIBITOR
BW’s Honors and Scholars Office will receive new management next year after losing its 2 most high-profile directors.
The Associate Dean of the Office of Honors and Scholars, Amy Lebo, and its Associate Director, Margaret Stiner, are both leaving Baldwin Wallace after this semester.
BW’s chief academic advisor, Stephen Stahl, said students are unlikely to experience any changes over the next year. He said he wanted student feedback to progress.
“Next year, we want to keep it as similar as possible, and just hope that students will speak up to provide feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of the program,” Stahl said.
Lebo, after working at BW for 15 years, leaves and becomes Emory University’s new Scholars Director. Lebo said she took the job because Emory is a big institution and she wants to be closer to her family. Lebo said the work she will do at Emory will be similar to her current job at BW.
Stiner started working at BW in 1987. She said she wanted to travel and would work with College Now Greater Cleveland, a program for first-generation college students. Stiner also said she wanted to work in the medical field.
“I started working with students when I was an undergrad, and I see myself continuing to do so for the rest of my life,” Stiner said.
Lebo’s role as director of the Honors and Scholars program will soon be replaced by a current full-time faculty member who will be the interim director for one year. Stahl said they are trying quickly to fill the position by the end of this year.
“We try to find the balance between speed and care,” Stahl said.
Stahl said applications were sent out April 1 and faculty members only had until April 15 to complete the form. From there, Stahl said they would spend a week conducting interviews and announce the acting director the following week.
Stahl said a few current faculty members have already expressed interest in the position.
“What we’re going to ask is understanding a specialized program, experience, and having administered certain things,” Stahl said.
Stahl said what they look for most in a new specialty program director is the right attitude.
“We don’t want this person to make any changes,” Stahl said. “What we want this person to do is have conversations about possible changes.”
Lebo, for her part, said she wanted changes to be made.
“I’m hoping someone comes in and changes things up, because there’s a new set of eyes that see things that maybe I’ve gotten used to,” she said.
According to Stahl, next year there will be a new position of “senior director” who he hopes will be able to participate in conversations about students remaining in the honors program.
“One of the issues Dr. Lebo is working on is, ‘How can we get more students to complete the program?’ said Stahl.
Lebo’s other two positions, as Director of the Prestigious Scholarship Program and Director of the Summer Scholarship Programs, will be managed under different offices.
Associate Vice President Lisa Henderson will now lead the prestigious scholarship program. The program prepares students to apply for top academic programs such as Fulbright scholarships.
“Before giving Dr. Lebo [the leadership of the Prestigious Fellowship program] it had been a dozen years since anyone had received a prestigious post-baccalaureate scholarship,” Stahl said. He said Lebo had done a “great job” with this program.
Stahl said the summer fellowship program, which allows students to do original research under the guidance of a faculty member, will be under the direction of Dean of Graduate Studies and Research Swagata Banik.
“We leave feeling really good about what has happened over the last 10 years and how we have been able to contribute to opportunities for students,” Lebo said of the future of these programs under new care.