President's Message Regarding the Chief of Staff Transition, 9/10/18.

 

President’s Message Regarding the Chief of Staff Transition, 9/10/18

Dear Drew community members,

I hope the beginning of your semester is going well and it has been so great to see so many of you around campus.

As I noted in my opening of school letter, Marti Winer has left her role as vice president of university relations and chief of staff to take on an exciting new leadership position in the hospitality industry. Although her last official day on campus was on Friday, she will be joining us for a farewell later this week. I invite you to an open house on the second floor of Mead Hall on Thursday, September 13th, from 8:30-10:00am to thank her for her work and wish her well in her new endeavor. Since Marti first entered our gates as a student, she has been fiercely committed to Drew. Her time on campus for the past four years has been no exception, and I’m grateful for all that she has done. I know that her departure now only means a return to her role as a committed alumna, and she will continue to champion the University.

To ensure continuity in many of the roles that Marti has filled, I recently appointed Greg Townsend C’05 as interim chief of staff for a six-month term. He will to take on some of Marti’s responsibilities (responsible to me) and to help us build the Launch program and the new Center for Experiential Education and Career Development (responsible to Deb). Greg will work with the president’s office team and serve as my representative in conversations about university-wide initiatives and events. He will also oversee state and federal government relations. For the provost, he will assist in the development of industry-recognized, credentialed concentrations for Drew students, as well as help us access state resources to promote experiential education and career preparatory activities.

Prior to joining us, Greg served as chief of staff to the commissioner of labor in the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, as well as senior policy adviser for the NJ Office of the Governor, responsible for workforce development, taxation, IT and energy and environmental policy. He brings with him a wealth of experience and ideas on how educational institutions can develop public and private partnerships that help increase student readiness as well as meet employers’ needs. His extensive government contacts will also help us access resources for Launch and manage government and community relationships.

Greg’s office is on the second floor of Mead Hall. Please join me in welcoming him back to campus and I look forward to seeing you this Thursday for Marti’s open house.

Best regards,
MaryAnn