Alumni Return to the Hill in New Staff Positions

We all know how special it is to be apart of the community on “The Hill.” Denison is a fantastic place where memories are made and dreams are achieved. Many students graduate from Denison upset that their experience has come to an end. However, some alumni just can not fully say goodbye to the Hill.

This past summer Denison was busy adding awesome new faculty to the already wonderful staff here. Of those new positions filled, three of them are Denison graduates.

The new Associate Dean of Students and Director of Multi-Cultural Student Affairs is Dr. Thomas Witherspoon ‘05. He returns to Denison with years of experience as a higher education professional focusing on underprivileged students. His most recent position was an Assistant Dean of Students at Dartmouth College. He has also served in Cultural Education and Admission roles at Providence College and Boston University, as well. He also has experience working in college access roles in KIPP and as the Program Director for The Posse Foundation. In addition to his Denison degree in English, Thomas holds a Doctorate of Education from New England College and a Master of Arts from Northeastern Illinois University.

Witherspoon has a passion for learning and uses that to make his work enjoyable. He is planning on continuing to build upon the work he has done throughout his life on other college campuses and bring that knowledge and expertise to Denison to make “The Hill” a more accepting and diverse campus. He hopes that with his help, students will be able to leave campus better equipped to change the world and become successful members of society. He wants to help students to figure out who they are and develop their voice, so they can make something of themselves.

Denison’s new Assistant Director of Residential Communities, Carrie Fox, graduated from Denison with a B.A. in both Communications and Psychology. While a Denisonian, she served as a Resident Assistant (RA), was a member of several student organizations, and participated in many other activities across campus. After graduating from Denison, Fox went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and then practiced as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), working with people of all ages. She is now back on “The Hill” in the new department of Residential Communities. The department hopes to reimagine residential halls as a place where community development, responsibility, and support are emphasized on both an individual and interpersonal level

Fox is extremely excited to be back in Granville and notes that it is odd to be walking the same pathways that she once walked as a student, but nonetheless, would not wish for anything more. She is excited to help students make their way through Denison, as she did, and learn and grow as people during their campus experience. She will be working in the Curtis Service Center along with the rest of the new department of Residential Communities.

Trinidy Jeter ‘04, is the new Assistant Director to CLIC. After earning her master’s degree from The Ohio State University, and serving as the Coordinator of Student and Campus Activities at Bowling Green State University Firelands College, Jeter returns to her University beginnings. Jeter is responsible for providing support for student organizations, working closely with University Programming Council, campus-wide programming, and supporting student organizations. She is excited to work with young student leaders who share the same passion and zeal that she had when she was a Denisonian. While at Denison as a student, Jeter was involved in many campus activities, including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., DCGA and the Black Student Union. She also served as a pre-orientation co-coordinator and Admission intern for three consecutive years.

She hopes to guide students who like her, want to be active leaders on campus, find their way through the many organizations Denison offers and make their mark on campus. She is excited to be a part of CLIC and Denison once again.

These three alumni of Denison are ready to make their return to “The Hill” this year and are all dedicated to help students become actively engaged citizens and be petter prepared for their futures.

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