By: Sandy Pfeiffer
As previously announced, Franklin Tate recently resigned from his position as Interim Dean of Service-Learning as of September 18 to direct a new youth education program for Trout Unlimited. Today I’m writing to inform you that Debra Kiliru will become Interim Dean of Service-Learning as of September 21. Please join me in congratulating Debra.
Originally from Kenya, Debra joined the Service-Learning office in January 2004 as the Youth Program Specialist and Bonner Scholar Coordinator. In 2005 she continued to work with the Bonner Scholars as the Service-Learning Program Coordinator. Then in 2009 she became Director of the Community Leadership Program.
While at Warren Wilson, Debra has initiated a wide range of service opportunities for students, collaborated with different departments to provide educational events, developed new community partnerships, and helped foster a deeper understanding of local social and environmental issues on campus. During her time here, she also has had a chance to pursue one of her personal interests by assisting with cross-cultural service-learning experiences to Ghana, South Africa, the Pine Ridge reservation, and the Gulla Sea Islands.
As Interim Dean of Service-Learning, Debra will supervise the Service-Learning office, report directly to me, and serve as a member of the President’s Advisory Committee (PAC). One especially important responsibility will be leading her division in Strategic Planning activities this semester.
I’ll add that the Service-Learning Dean Search Committee has had its first meeting and is discussing preliminaries for beginning our national search for a dean.