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Finalists for top student affairs post named; campus meetings set

(Williamsburg, VA) - The Vice President for Student Affairs Search Committee has announced the applicant pool to fill the post of the College of William & Mary’s chief student affairs officer has been narrowed to four finalists.

William & Mary President Taylor Reveley appointed the committee of faculty, students, staff and alumni in October to conduct a national search to succeed former Vice President for Student Affairs Sam Sadler. Sadler retired last summer following more than four decades at the College – serving his last 18 years at William & Mary as the vice president for student affairs.

The finalists, in alphabetical order, include Virginia Ambler, interim vice president for student affairs at William & Mary; Dean L. Bresciani, former vice president for student affairs at Texas A&M University; Margaret A. Jablonski, vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Ángel Martínez Loredo, associate dean of students at the University of Maine.
Clay Clemens, Chancellor Professor of Government, serves as chair of the search committee.

“The Committee was pleased with the great interest shown in this position by candidates from top universities across the country, and is especially delighted with this very impressive group of finalists,” said Clemens.  “We look forward to giving them the chance to discuss student affairs issues with a wide array of campus constituencies in April.  The William and Mary community is strongly encouraged to take the opportunity to be involved in this stage of a process that will shape the future of student life at our College.”

The vice president for student affairs (VPSA) reports directly to the president and serves as a member of the senior administrative staff. The VPSA oversees the Division of Student Affairs and supervises a broad range of services, including student rights and responsibilities, general student counseling, student organizations and activities, services to students with disabilities and special needs, support for students of diverse or nontraditional experiences, leadership development, community service, student government, the judicial and honor code systems, management of activities in the student centers, residence life, wellness and recreation, career and life role development, and student health and psychological services.

Each VPSA finalist will be on campus for two-days in April. They will meet privately with a number of small groups across campus and also participate in larger forums for students, faculty and staff. The finalists’ complete CVs and campus visit schedule are available online at the search committee’s web site.

Brief bio information is below:

·    Virginia Ambler. Since June 2008, Ambler has served as William & Mary’s interim vice president for student affairs. Prior to that, Ambler served from 2001-08 as assistant vice president for student affairs and from 1991-2001 as assistant to the vice president for student affairs. She holds a Ph.D. in educational policy, planning and leadership from William & Mary. Ambler also holds a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from The Ohio State University, and a bachelor’s degree in English (minor in Religion) from William & Mary.

·    Dean L. Bresciani. From 2004-2008, Bresciani served as vice president for student affairs at Texas A&M. Prior to that, he served from 2002-04 as interim vice chancellor for student affairs at the UNC- Chapel Hill and from 1998-2002 as associate vice chancellor for student services at UNC-Chapel Hill. Bresciani, who currently serves as an adjunct full professor at Texas A&M, holds a Ph.D. in higher education finance (minor in economics) from the University of Arizona. He also holds a master’s degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Humboldt State University.

·    Margaret A. Jablonski. Since 2004, Jablonski has served as vice chancellor for student affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill. Prior to that, she served from 2001-04 as dean for campus life at Brown University and from 1999-2001 as associate vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Connecticut. She holds a Ed.D. in administration, training and policy studies from Boston University. Jablonski also holds a master’s degree in educational policy, research and administration and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Massachusetts.

·    Ángel Martínez Loredo. Since 1999, Loredo has served as associate dean of students at Maine. Previously, he served from 1995-99 as director of the Office of Multicultural Services at the University of Houston Clear Lake. From 1990-95, he was coordinator for support programs and Hispanic student affairs of the Department of Intercultural Education and Minority Student Affairs at Southern Methodist University. He holds a master’s degree in liberal arts from Southern Methodist and a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University.

Additional information about the search, as well as the final candidates, is available online on the search committee’s web site.