Kent L. Hubbell ’67 will stay in his office in the Straight for at least five more years now that he has been reappointed to a second term as the Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students.
Susan H. Murphy, vice president for student and academic services, announced the reappointment to be effective July 1.
Charged with advocating for students, Hubbell oversees the Student Activities Office, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, new student programs, Cornell United Religious Work, International Students and Scholars Office, LGBT Resource Center and student support programs among others. He has developed a 10-point five-year plan, which includes supporting mental wellness on campus.
“We’re trying to get all the academic departments to talk about … what we’re seeing in terms of mental health issues,” Hubbell said.
Improving Cornell’s Greek system was another priority for Hubbell. He mentioned continuing the Creating Chapters for Excellence program to improve facilities, programming and strengthen alumni connections. There is a move to create an endowment for the program for hiring graduate students to mentor and work with chapters.
“It’s a growing program, more of a philosophy than a set program, to make all of the chapters excellent,” said Alex Deyle ’06, former Interfraternity Council president. The program has been in place for a few years with graduate students, hired by the Office for Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, either work with specific chapters or address broader issues such as wellness and health and how drinking and eating disorders relate to the Greek system. Deyle said that the program started from within the Greek system, but that Hubbell has put a lot of effort into promoting the program.
Other changes Hubbell will face are renovations in the Straight. The ceramics studio will be revamped and the first floor will be redesigned to make way for computer labs with video and music composition software and a place for StudPubs, an organization of student publications.
Hubbell said that he was looking to continue promoting student initiatives, including Cornell Minds Matter and Katrina on the Ground.
“I’m looking forward to working with students to help them do all the things they do outside of the classroom,” he said.
Archived article by Vanessa Hoffman Sun City Editor