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New Administrators Join Colleges Community

The Colleges community welcomes three new administrators who will oversee the Salibury Center for Career Services, Student Life and Leadership, as well as the office of residential education.

They are:

Robert H. Murphy as director of the Salisbury Center for Career Services. In his new post Murphy will oversee the transformation and consolidation of the Colleges career services area as it moves to improve and enhance services for both students and alumni and alumnae.

Murphy brings a wealth of administrative experience to the job, having worked for 20 years, in various capacities, for and with the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company. He managed Pepsi-Cola Allied Bottlers in Latham, N.Y, for nearly a decade, then owned and operated his own plant for another decade before spending four years working for Pepsi-Cola International as COO in Istanbul, Turkey.

Murphy comes to the Colleges from Springfield College, where he served as a full-time graduate school intern in the career center while earning his C.A.G. degree in student personnel administration. Prior to that he served as a full-time graduate intern in the same area at Amherst College and completed his last four months at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts.

As director of the College's Career Center, and as part of the Colleges' increased commitment to expand services to students and alumni and alumnae as they prepare for and build their professional lives, Murphy will oversee many areas within career services, including services for students throughout their four years at the Colleges (work study, summer placements, internships and more); employment, graduate school and internship assistance for alums; and liaisons and relationships with businesses and agencies who offer internships and jobs to college students and graduates. His responsibilities will bring him in touch with both faculty and administrative personnel at the Colleges and with business leaders with whom the Colleges partner.

The Colleges career services office was recently moved to the newly renovated space in Trinity Hall, now named the Salisbury Center for Career Services in honor of the lead donor on the project and chair of the Board of Trustees, Charles H. Salisbury Jr. '63.

The Office of Student Life and Leadership has named a new director. Nathan S. Emmons, former associate director of student services at Syracuse University, has been named to the post.

As director, Emmons will oversee the student life and leadership program. In this capacity, he will work with students on community building and leadership skills, and assist student organizations and clubs in planning and implementing a wide variety of co-curricular and social activities for campus. He will also work with Interfraternity Council to assist fraternities in their organizational planning.

Emmons holds a master’s degree from Syracuse University in higher education and student affairs. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University. He has served in various capacities in the Student Centers and Programming Services at Syracuse University since 2000. Prior to that, he was resident director at University of Maryland, College Park.

Additionally, Emmons has served as the regional director of the Association of College Unions International since Nov. 2003. He also holds professional memberships with the American College Personnel Association and the National Association for Campus Activities.

He was named New Professional of the Year by the Association of College Unions-International in 2002.

The Office of Student Life and Leadership was recently re-located to the second floor of the Scandling Center above the Cafe.

Robb Flowers has joined the Colleges as interim director of residential education. He comes to Hobart and William Smith from Colgate University, where he served as assistant dean of the college. Flowers has nine years of progressively responsible student affairs experience at colleges, including positions as assistant dean/director of residence life, assistant to the vice president for student affairs/judicial affairs coordinator, and associate dean of students.

Flowers holds a bachelor's degree in education from Houghton College, a master's in education administration from Alfred University, and is anticipating receiving a Juris Doctor degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School in January 2005. He is also engaged to Katie Scollin, assistant director of public service.