Jennifer Agor, a member of the College’s student affairs staff for the past nine years, will become interim vice president for student affairs and dean of students on Aug. 1.
She joined Guilford as director of new student programs in 2005 and was promoted to associate dean of students in 2008. She succeeds Aaron Fetrow, who is leaving the College July 31 to lead student affairs at Roanoke College in Salem, Va.
“Jennifer understands Guilford’s culture and has worked creatively and diligently to enrich campus life for our students,” President Jane Fernandes said. “We will miss Aaron, but we are fortunate to have someone as well-qualified as Jennifer to lead the division on an interim basis.”
The Student Affairs Division includes about two dozen employees in the areas of Orientation, Judicial Affairs, Residential Education and Housing, Student Leadership and Engagement, Student Health and Counseling, and Public Safety. In her new role, she will join Senior Staff and the Budget Committee, and she will continue as a member of other committees, among them Enrollment Management and Strategic Long Range Planning.
During her tenure as associate dean of students, Jennifer has collaborated with many areas of campus on crisis management, student health and safety, student success and retention, and residence hall projects. She has served as a liaison for students and parents with campus life concerns.
As director of new student programs, she developed Guilford’s fall orientation and pre-orientation programs, introduced a summer orientation program, and worked to create first-year connections with Multicultural Education, Academic Success, Career Development and other resources. She continued to direct these projects after her promotion to associate dean. She also teaches two one-credit classes: a leadership seminar for resident advisors and orientation leaders, and a First Year Experience Lab course.
She has been active in the collaboration between academic affairs and campus life that led to the Student Success Program, Faculty-in-Residence Program and the Students of Concern Committee.
A native of upstate New York, Jennifer earned a bachelor’s in speech communications at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and a master’s in college student development at Appalachian State University. She is starting work this fall on a doctorate in educational leadership at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
In a related move, Jane is shifting Athletics from the Student Affairs Division to the Administration Division under the supervision of Vice President for Administration Jon Varnell. The new reporting structure will continue after a new vice president for student affairs and dean of students has been hired.
“One of Jen’s most valuable contributions to the College has been promoting closer collaboration between campus life and academics,” Jane said. “This change will help her continue to support this vitally important area.
“I’m confident that the Athletic Department will continue to thrive as part of the Administration Division. The experience and expertise of Vice President Jon Varnell and Athletic Director Tom Palombo will ensure continuity in the department.”
A committee is being formed to conduct the search for the next vice president of student affairs and dean of students.