Whittier College President Dr. Linda Oubré announced that Vice President and Dean of Students, Joel Pérez, and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Darrin Good, will be leaving the College at the end of the academic year. Pérez has already vacated his position and is currently serving as the Assistant to the President for Special Projects, according to the email sent to students on Jan. 30. In this temporary position, President Oubré says that Pérez will work, “to support my strategic vision until he leaves the institution.”
Since Feb. 1, Jeanne Ortiz has been serving as the interim Vice President and Dean of Students until a search committee can make a permanent decision at the end of Spring semester. Ortiz previously held the position from 2006 - 2014, when she left for a “similar position at Loyola Marymount University,” according to the email sent to students. No reason was provided for Pérez’s departure other than he was leaving, “to pursue other opportunities,” and that his last day would be Apr. 7.
Starting next year, Good will serve as the President of Nebraska Wesleyan University. The email notes a few of his accomplishments on campus, including creating the Faculty Development program, helping to create the College’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee and the Student Success Task Force, and helping to establish the Global Poets Scholarship for students to study abroad. An interim replacement for Good will be named before he departs for his new position in July, and the search for a permanent new administrator will begin in the fall.
The Quaker Campus will continue to report on the story as it develops.