Ambler to take over as interim vice president

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March 25, 2008

3:28 AM

Virginia Ambler will take over as Interim Vice President for Student Affairs following Sam Sadler’s retirement July 1.

p. Ambler, an alumnus who has worked at the College for the past 17 years, served as assistant vice president for Student Affairs under Sadler since 2001.

p. “We would probably all agree, given the circumstances, that continuity of leadership is important,” Sadler said in an interview. Hiring a permanent replacement would be difficult, he said, as the president to whom they will be reporting is also unknown.

p. Sadler added that Ambler has had a role in student developments over the last 17years, and that she has rock-solid judgment.

p. In an announcement Thursday, Interim President Taylor Reveley said, “I am confident, however, that Ginger Ambler can lead us into the post-Sadler era without missing a beat. She knows student affairs at the College extremely well and will bring great talent to the job.”

p. Sadler has served as vice president of Student Affairs for the past 19 years and has worked for the College for over 40 years.
When Sadler took a leave of absence earlier this year to undergo surgery, Ambler served as his temporary replacement. During Sadler’s absence, Ambler echoed Sadler’s personal style in her e-mails to the student body, making jokes and referring to Sadler’s weather predicting knee.

p. Ambler oversaw the student reaction to Nichol’s resignation while Sadler recovered.

p. “Our challenge in the coming weeks and months will be to come together to heal wounds and restore hope to this very special place,” she said.

p. Ambler graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College in 1988 with a degree in English. She later received a doctorate of philosophy in educational policy, planning and leadership in 2006.

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