Hazlett named dean of the college at Franklin & Marshall

  • margaret hazlett Margaret Hazlett, senior associate dean of student affairs at Bowdoin College, will join Franklin & Marshall as dean of the college in early July. (Photo by Dennis Griggs)

Margaret Hazlett, senior associate dean of student affairs at Bowdoin College, has been named Franklin & Marshall College's new dean of the college. She will join F&M's senior leadership team in early July.

President Daniel R. Porterfield said Hazlett's commitment to the full development of students and the insights she brings from more than 15 years in leadership in student life at Bowdoin will be strong assets for F&M.

"Throughout the recruitment process, Margaret impressed me with her vision and values as an educator, her impressive record as a leader at Bowdoin, and her dedication to fostering the learning and growth of students. She brings talent, drive and humility to a crucial leadership role of the College," Porterfield said. "She has a tremendous grasp of the needs of talented students and the extraordinary resources of a liberal arts college to foster remarkable learning."

Hazlett currently leads and directs functions including pre-major academic advising, multicultural student programs, crisis management and disciplinary adjudication in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at Bowdoin. She has oversight of Bowdoin's health and counseling services and the College's day care program, in addition to chairing numerous key committees related to student affairs and campus life.

At F&M, Hazlett will provide leadership in areas including student life beyond the classroom, health and counseling services, athletics, Greek Life, student leadership development and civic engagement, academic and pre-professional advising, student and multicultural programs, the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development, and programs that include the F&M College Prep summer academic program for talented high school students.

"I'm looking forward to becoming part of a community that is looking toward the future to build on the diverse and broad strengths of its student body," Hazlett said. "I'm going to enjoy being part of the excitement around the College House System, and to think creatively about ways to build upon campus-wide community through athletics, Greek life and F&M's co-curricular offerings."

Before arriving at Bowdoin in 1997, Hazlett taught for two years at St. Stephens and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Va. She previously taught English in Thailand and Japan through Princeton University's Princeton-in-Asia Program (PiA) before working in residential life at Princeton and ultimately serving as executive director of PiA.

A native of Pittsburgh, Hazlett earned a bachelor's in Art History from Princeton and a master's in education from Harvard University.

"Margaret will bring to Franklin & Marshall her deep and mature sensitivity to students' needs and, just as important, an intellectual spark that is going to make her a great colleague for faculty and professional staff," said Chief of Staff and Secretary of the College Samuel Houser '89, who chaired the search committee. "I commend the search committee for a job well and carefully done."

Hazlett said she looks forward to participating in the spirit of collaboration she found at F&M.

"I love getting involved in the community of students, faculty, staff and alumni and coming up with new and innovative ways to tackle an issue, so I look forward to being part of that at F&M."

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