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Sigrid Solomon Named New Dean of Students

New Dean Has Extensive Student Affairs Experience

May 15, 2007

Wilmington College has named the dean of students at Southern Vermont College to serve as its new dean of students effective July 1.

Sigrid B. Solomon will replace Kenneth Peress, who was dean from 1998 through 2006. Kenneth Lydy, director of student activities, has served as interim dean since December.

President Dan DiBiasio said Solomon, who was selected from a national pool of more than 40 candidates, is an “experienced professional and a good fit” for Wilmington College.

“I am impressed with Sigrid’s deep commitment to student well-being, her strong interpersonal skills and her results-oriented professionalism,” the president said, noting her commitment to diversity and the diversity she brings to the College is an additional asset.

Search Committee chair Terry Rupert, director of athletics, echoed those sentiments.

“From the start, the committee was impressed with Sigrid’s breadth and depth of experience, but the ways in which she connected and interacted with persons campus-wide during her visit to the College really made her stand out,” Rupert said.

Solomon cited the College’s core values — among them community, diversity, service and civic engagement — as intriguing factors that resulted in her seeking the position at WC.

“I’m excited to become active member of the Wilmington College community, a place to continue to contribute to the holistic growth of students at a small institution where results are attainable and visible,” she said.

Solomon also noted as appealing the opportunity to work with a larger and more diverse student population, as well as collaborate with “top notch faculty” and a “talented” Student Life staff.

“I’m looking forward to be part of an institution that is making positive strides to enhance the learning and living environments for its students,” she said. “There’s a huge sense of pride in the institution and this feeling is very contagious when you set foot on campus.”

Solomon has led the Student Affairs Division at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vermont, since 2003. In that position, she has supervised and provided oversight for such areas as athletics, career services, campus life, residence life, safety and security, health services, counseling and food services.

At Wilmington, the areas under her auspices will include student services, student life, Greek life, wellness program, campus safety, new student orientation, first year experience, service learning, activities programming, health and counseling, housing and residence life.

She served as assistant dean of students at Emory and Henry College, Emory, Va., from 1999 through 2003. Also, she has experience as site director for Seymour Johnson Air Force Base’s academic program at North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, N.C., and as a student life associate at North Carolina Wesleyan.

Also, Solomon held positions at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, where she received her bachelor of science degree. She earned her master of education degree in adult education from East Carolina University.

As she prepares for her first months as dean, Solomon said her initial priorities include “listening and observing” as she gets to know the campus and begins working with student leaders and collaborating with faculty and staff.

DiBiasio added, “We look forward to welcoming Sigrid, her husband, Hugh, and their son, Seth, to the Wilmington College community this summer.”