When classes resume in August, there will be several changes in Monmouth College’s residence life staff, which is preparing to welcome one of MC’s largest incoming classes.
With the retirement of Kathy Wagoner from her position as associate director of residence life, John Salazar has moved from his position as director of student success position to become director of housing operations.
“John loves working with the students and with the resident assistants, and I think this is a good move for him,” said Jacquelyn Condon, vice president for student life and dean of students.
With Salazar moving to housing, Michelle Merritt continues in the position of associate dean of students, with new responsibilities for student success. She had previously overseen Wackerle Career and Leadership Center programming and staff.
“Dean Merritt is able to bring so much experience from the Wackerle program and understands how to work with students,” said Condon.
Marnie Dugan is the new director of the Wackerle Center, with former assistant director of Greek life, leadership and involvement Billy Bernard taking over as associate director. A third member of the center’s leadership team, Stephanie Kinkaid, has the new position of assistant director.
The opening created by Bernard’s move has been filled by Steve Backer, who previously served as graduate assistant to fraternities and sororities at Southwest Missouri State University. Bernard said he is looking forward to working with Backer as they continue to enhance the leadership development program on campus.
Erika Buckley was also welcomed to the college staff as the assistant director of intercultural life reporting to director Ruby Pentsil-Bukari. She was previously assistant director of global diversity at Albion College.
Dean Condon believes the changes and new additions will be beneficial to the students and the college.
“These changes will help deliver improved services to the students,” she said. “Everyone brings excellent experience to their new position, and what we do is all for them.”