I am writing to announce that Teresa Quinn, Associate Dean of the College for Campus Activities, is retiring from her role after more than 39 years of service to the College at the end of this academic year. Most students and employees know Dean Quinn for her tireless efforts and work in overseeing the Campus Activities Office and the College Center, Campus Dining, and Summer Programs and Conferences. Dean Quinn's commitment to supporting students has served as an inspiration and model for the Dean of the College Division members.
Dean Quinn joined the Vassar campus community after graduating from nearby SUNY-New Paltz with a degree in Art History. Dean Quinn's early work at the College began in the Art Department as an assistant to the curator in the slide library. She soon moved to the Office of Campus Activities to begin a remarkable career that would provide many opportunities to engage with students and the larger Vassar Community.
Dean Quinn's early accomplishments in the office of Campus Activities set the stage for the decades she spent working closely with students in the Vassar Student Association to support campus organizations and student activities. Working with her exceptional team, Dean Quinn has helped develop extensive and robust protocols and processes to ensure successful campus events. Many will also recognize Dean Quinn's outstanding leadership evident in both the first and final experiences that our students have at the College, given her central role in the planning and executing the College's Fall Convocation and Senior Week activities, culminating with our Commencement ceremony. Dean Quinn also led several renovation and renewal projects to ensure that the College Center continued to function as a vital space for student engagement.
The Palmer Gallery, the Shiva Theater, and the annual Alex Krieger 95' Memorial Lecture are a few examples of Dean Quinn's dedication and commitment to maintaining programs supported by the generosity of donors. Dean Quinn has also participated in many local community initiatives and has served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Dutchess County Arts Council (now Arts Mid-Hudson) and Chair of the Board of Directors for Mill Street Loft (now The Art Effect) where Dean Quinn continues to serve in several capacities and, most importantly, on the executive committee as the Chair of Institutional Advancement.
In recent years, Dean Quinn served a pivotal role in the transformation of the student dining experience. In particular, Dean Quinn helped shepherd the College's reimagining of the new Gordon Commons building and our transition to Bon Appetit as the College's primary food service provider. The care and dedication that Dean Quinn exercised in creating a new campus dining experience are reflected in the dramatic improvements that the college has seen in feedback from students and members of the community.
On a more personal note, members of the Dean of the College senior team will especially miss Dean Quinn's presence on our team. All have commented on how her professionalism, balanced with flexibility and care, has made her such a pleasure to work with over the years. She is indeed our Dean of Campus Activities--providing space, belonging, possibility (with a keen aesthetic eye) to all that our students dream and do. It is difficult for us to imagine how we will organize our campus ceremonies without you, Dean Quinn. What a gift it has been to have you as a colleague and see you with students, especially during this most challenging time. Thank you for your generosity and grace, Dean Quinn.
Luckily for us, Dean Quinn will be around through the end of the summer to help us assist in this transition. In the meantime, please join me in congratulating and giving thanks to Dean Quinn for her 39 years of service to us and Vassar's campus community.Carlos Alamo-Pastrana
Dean of the College
Associate Professor of Sociology and Latin American and Latina/o Studies