College of William and Mary vice president for student affairs (VPSA) candidate Margaret Jablonski discussed increasing the diversity of the student body and reaching out to the Greek community during her official campus visit yesterday.
Jablonski is currently the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill. She earned her MA and BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Ed.D. from Boston University.
Jablonski addressed a a small crowd of students in Blow Hall, speaking at length about strengthening ties between students and the administration as well as her commitment to public universities. If hired, she explained, she would attend several student events weekly to familiarize herself with the College.
She explained how she dealt with the brutal murder of UNC — Chapel Hill’s Student Body President Eve Carson last March. She also discussed her career as a police officer before she became involved in collegiate student affairs.
“I very much enjoyed being able to meet with Dr. Jablonski in a personal setting, and it certainly allowed me to better understand her goals and ideas for the betterment of the College,” Sen. Brittany Fallon ’11, who attended the student forum, said.
Earlier in the day, Jablonski participated in a faculty forum. Today, she will visit the Student Affairs offices as well as College President Taylor Reveley’s office.
“The position has the impact to effect big changes in campus culture,” Student Assembly President and member of the vice president of student affairs search committee Valerie Hopkins ’09 said. “It is important that students become invested in this selection process and participate in it.”
Jablonski is one of four candidates for VPSA. The other candidates include the College’s interim Vice President of Student Affairs Virginia Ambler ’88 Ph.D ’06, Dean Bresciani and Angel Martinez Loredo.
Dean Bresciani will visit the College on Monday April 13.