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New Director of Career Services Seeking Community Partnerships

Tammy Fraser Brings Experience from Several Northeastern Colleges

August 8, 2013

Tammy Fraser

Tammy Fraser

Tammy Fraser recalls her first-ever visit to Ohio on a “cold, drizzly day in March” when she interviewed for Wilmington College’s director of career services position earlier this year.

Now, three months into the job, that early spring day’s inclement weather stands in stark contrast to the warm reception she’s received on campus and in the community.

It’s those two entities with which Fraser is working to build additional partnerships that will benefit both Wilmington College students and local organizations and businesses.

“I’ve been impressed at how favorably the College is perceived by the community — that’s really special and doesn’t happen everywhere,” she said. “I’m looking forward to having conversations with people in the community and find out what they’re looking for, how we can be partners in education.

Fraser comes from the Northeast with a pedigree of experience at some of that region’s most exclusive institutions.

She has a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College (Mass.) and her master’s from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She was an administrator with the Culinary Institute of America and Vassar College, both of which are in Poughkeepsie, as well as working the past nine years at Vermont’s “super competitive” Bennington College.

In contrast to some of those very exclusive institutions, Fraser is impressed with Wilmington College’s educational opportunities for a wide spectrum of students, including first generation college students.

“Access to education is important to me and Wilmington College is committed to making quality education accessible,” she said. “For me personally, it’s about values and mission — that’s what attracted me to Wilmington. From the start, the people I met with at the interview seemed so committed to their work, the students and the values of the institution.”

Fraser also has been impressed with the Wilmington community, which she’s seen working together and nobly rebounding from the recent economic challenges.

“I’ve seen organizations here that recognize it’s more than the bottom line that’s important — our students need to see how organizations act as good citizens in the community,” she added.

Fraser is spending the summer setting up her career services operation so she hits the ground running when students arrive later this month. Her areas include career counseling, internships, networking and educating with such programming as job preparation workshops, resume/cover letter writing and interviewing tips.

She already has participated in summer orientation programs with WC’s new students.

“I want to have conversations with students in which we explore, ‘Who do I want to be?’ and “Where do I fit into the world?’ she said. “Students need to think about these things before their senior year.

“Career development is a process throughout our entire lives.”