Vacant position of director of residence life filled

By Renee Tomcanin
February 15, 2001

The offices in Student Development are full once again. After two months of searching, the position of Director of Residence Life has been filled.

On Feb. 26, David Carpenter will take over duties as Director of Residence Life. Those involved in selecting him are excited about his arrival.

Dr. Laura Valente, vice president of Student Development, said that Carpenter was the number one choice of everyone involved in the search.

“We are very pleased with the choice,” Valente said. “He was the all-around best candidate.”

Carpenter fit all of the specifications desired. He held a master’s degree in an appropriate area and had five years of previous experience in residence life.

His personal qualities were also good. Valente said that he would fit well into a Catholic environment, was a leader, and interacted well with students, faculty and staff.

Most importantly, Valente liked his strong convictions. He also has made a long-term commitment to the college.

Candidates for the position had to go through many stops before even meeting with anyone at Cabrini. An advertisement for the position was placed in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Resumes were received and then reduced to 10 semifinalists.

Valente then called each of these semifinalists personally for an interview. After this round, the field was narrowed down even further to three finalists.

The three finalists arrived for a full day of interviews. They met with the search committee. The members were Charlie Schaffner, director of Public Safety, Steve Murphy, operations manager of facilities, Shayla Hasic-Stamps, assistant director of Residence Life, Gina Roswell, a sophomore, and Valente.

The finalists also met with resident assistants and a panel of faculty members.

After these interviews, Carpenter was unanimously selected as the top candidate.

A welcome reception may be held in the near future to give everyone on campus a chance to meet Carpenter and welcome him to the Cabrini community.

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