Byerly outlines plan for administration

Matthew Mitterhoff

President Alison Byerly last Friday announced acting appointees to administrative positions in her cabinet vacated this academic year and outlined a plan to replace the positions over the next couple of months.

In an email to the campus community, Byerly said she has appointed Associate Vice President for Finance and Business Operations Kari Fazio as Acting Vice President for Finance and Administration, effective the new fiscal year, which begins July 1. Controller and Associate Vice President Steve Schafer will also take up additional responsibilities as the search is made to find a permanent replacement for Mitchell Wein, the current Vice President for Finance and Administration.

She also announced that Associate Vice President of Development Kim Spang will become Acting Vice President of College Relations and Development, replacing James Dicker ‘85. Spang’s responsibilities will include supervision of development and alumni relations for the college, as well as overseeing Career Services. Athletics, which was previously overseen by Dicker, will report to Vice President for Campus Life Annette Diorio.

“I am very grateful to these colleagues for their willingness to take on these additional responsibilities,” the email read.

Byerly also said that Vice President for Communications Bob Massa will become Senior Campaign Advisor once a new Vice President for Communications is found, serving in that position along with Gary Evans ‘57, a former Vice President for Development and a trustee emeritus. As Campaign Advisors, Byerly said they will be “the face of the college,” meeting with donors in fundraising for the college.

Byerly said she picked Massa and Evans to be campaign advisors because of their long history at Lafayette and their long-lasting relationships with former members of the Lafayette community.

“[Evans] knows a lot of the more senior donors and people that…are an important part of the community,” Byerly said.

The email also outlined search committees that will help find administrators fill the vacant positions. The committee to find a new Provost after current Provost Wendy Hill leaves the position July 1 will be chaired by Byerly herself, and will be assisted by the search firm Storbeck/Pimentel and Associates of Media, Pa.

The committee to find a new Vice President for Finance and Administration will be chaired by Economics Professor Rosie Bukics, and the committee to find a new Vice President of Communications will be chaired Economics Professor W. Mark Crain and will be assisted by The Ward Group, a search firm in Woburn, Mass.

Fazio, who came to the college in 2008, earned her undergraduate degree at Georgetown University and her graduate degree at Columbia University. Spang, who graduated from Kutztown University, came to the college in 2003. Before that, she worked as a senior sales marketing manager for DisneyQuest, a theme park inside of Walt Disney World in Florida.