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Colleges Announce Organizational Changes — New Titles, New Responsibilities

Several administrators on the HWS staff earned position upgrades

(September 18, 2003) Geneva, N.Y. — At the onset of the new academic year Hobart and William Smith President Mark D. Gearan announced several organizational changes within the Colleges administration.

Don Emmons, formerly dean of admissions and financial aid, is now vice president of enrollments and dean of admission – a title more in keeping with the strategic nature of enrollment management and increasingly common in higher education. Emmons, a Trumansburg, N.Y. resident, came to the Colleges in 1993.

Paul Bringewatt, of Canandaigua, N.Y., is now vice president for administrative services. Bringewatt started at the Colleges in 1997 after working in municipal planning for Monroe County and the City of Canandaigua. He oversees many areas on campus, including buildings and grounds, security, the post office and the bookstore. He was formerly the director of administrative services, but with many building projects underway as part of the campus master plan, the new title is more representative of his senior role.

Bob O’Connor, of Fairport, N.Y., joined the Colleges staff in 1998 as a development officer, but has in recent years been an aide to the president in various areas. He will continue to play a senior role in the development area but is now also chief of staff in the president’s office.

Lynne Wiley, vice president for planning and a resident of Canandaigua, N.Y., has assumed the responsibilities of oversight in the areas of information technology and human resources, areas previously overseen by the vice president of finance, a position currently unfilled. Wiley came to the Colleges as an A.C.E. Fellow in 2001. Peter Polinak, of Farmington, N.Y., is serving as interim finance chief. He has been with the Colleges since 1997.

“All the organizational changes made this fall represent reasonable manifestations of the current needs on campus and the skills of the people involved,” said Gearan. “The Colleges are fortunate to have such a pool of talent to draw from as we move along in our master plan, HWS 2005, and into a new academic year.”

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