By: Sandy Pfeiffer
I am writing to inform you that Franklin Tate has resigned as Interim Dean of Service-Learning, effective September 18, 2009, to take a newly created directorship with Trout Unlimited. Although I deeply regret that we’re losing this dedicated and extraordinarily competent member of our community, I know that Franklin is excited about pursuing this new chapter in his career with an organization of great importance.
Franklin’s new employer, Trout Unlimited, is the largest trout and salmon conservation organization in the United States and is dedicated to protecting and restoring trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds. Franklin has been chosen to serve as Trout Unlimited’s Founding Director of a national youth education program known as the Headwaters Initiative. This initiative will connect K-12 and college-aged youth with Trout Unlimited’s mission, mainly through project-based learning, watershed education, memberships, and other forms of outreach.
As many of you know, Franklin’s association with Warren Wilson began over ten years ago when he was a student in the MFA writing program. After receiving his Warren Wilson MFA in 1999, he served as an adjunct faculty member of the Writing Program in 2001-2002. Shortly thereafter he joined Service-Learning and had the following positions over the years: Coordinator (2002-2004), Acting Director (2004-2006), Assistant Dean (2006-2008), and Interim Dean (2008-present, with a brief period as Interim Associate Dean earlier this summer).
In every position he has held in Service-Learning, Franklin has served Warren Wilson with distinction and has advanced the cause of service at the College and beyond. In particular, I have been impressed with his commitment to broadening our students’ service experience and to ensuring that service-learning receives the support it needs and deserves. Furthermore, he coordinated and wrote an excellent Service-Learning program review last year.
Soon I’ll appoint someone to take the Interim Dean position Franklin will leave on September 18. And as previously announced, we have a committee selected to begin the search for a Dean of Service-Learning. The community will hear more about that search in due course.