The Hastings College administration expects at least two changes in residence hall leadership before the beginning of the 2016/2017 school year. The first change will occur sooner rather than later, with a new resident director for Altman Hall set to be hired within the end of the week.
On Monday Feb. 1, Erica Haberman, Hastings College Director of Housing and Resident Director of Altman Hall, expressed her intentions to resign from both positions.
“Erica (Haberman) and I had been talking about her plans and professional goals,” Dan Peters, Hastings College Associate Vice President for Student Life said. “It was probably about a week ago that we had a meeting about her plans to leave HC and start a profession outside of education.”
Haberman has been the Altman Resident Director since the summer of 2013 and took over her role as Housing Director during the summer of 2014.
Both Peters and the Hastings College administration have decided to fill the void left by Haberman using both a short-term and long-term solution. Lori Hergott, a former Taylor Hall Resident Director for 18 years, will step in to serve as Director of Housing until the end of the 2015/2016 school year. Hergott’s familiarity with Hastings College and the challenges facing the Housing Director made this short-term solution ideal.
“We started looking at how to tackle this, especially going into housing season, RA applications, placing our current students into housing for next year and before too long, placing new students. We knew there was a lot going on and knew that it was happening now and there wasn’t much runway to get someone trained,” Peters said. “So very early on in the process I called Lori Hergott. She’s someone who could step right in, knew the software, knew us, knew our policies and could serve in the Housing Director role of placing students and managing that process.”
Filling the Resident Director void presented administration with a more difficult challenge, considering the immediate need for a Resident Director within Altman Hall. Initially, administration intended to hire a candidate on an interim basis through the end of the school year and when they would then reopen the hiring process for a nationwide, fulltime search.
But since last week, Peters and the rest of the Hastings College administration have discussed names internally and reached out to candidates they thought might be interested and have since then identified a candidate to fill the Altman Resident Director void. The position will not be filled on a short-term basis, but for two to three years to come.
“To find the right candidate in such a short amount of time, I just didn’t think it would be possible. I met with this individual and was very, very impressed, Peters said. “After some additional conversations, I took it back to my team and said ‘hey, I think I’ve got this wrong and I think this is the person we need to hire for Altman full time. Not on an interim role, but a fulltime, permanent position.’ “
Peter’s cited this specific candidate’s ability to be “professional, prepared, an HC grad and actually, a former resident of Altman Hall” as one of the many reasons for the expected hiring.
“She knew the layout, the structure, the policy and the environment and culture of Altman, which is difficult to train someone on,” he said. “She had that whole package of someone who could step into that job and hit the ground running.”
The contract has yet to be finalized, but an official announcement is expected by the end of the week.
“I’m anxious to let campus know. We are waiting on the paperwork at this point,” he said. “I have the email drafted. It’s sitting in my inbox and it’s ready to go out. We’re just waiting to dot the i’s and cross the t’s.”