North Carolina Newspapers

    Meredith herald
Volume XI, Issue 16
January 25, 1995
Raleigh, North Carolina
Vice president goes renaissance for a weekend
by Christina Peoples
Meredith’s vice-president for Stu
dent Development used her Meredith
alumni connections to lead her to a
special weekend Ml of political fig
ures and
celebrities '
over the
“1 was
to have the
time to do
this,” said
Dr. Jean
“It was a
for me to President Clinton greets
be open to arrival in Hilton Head for
the oppor- weekend,
that come along.”
Jackson received a call after Christ
mas from fellow Meredith alunmae
Woody Dicas (’74) who asked her if
she would like to coordinate volun
teers for Renaissance Weekend, a fam
ily oriented series of seminars, said
Dicas had volunteered for the
project before, but did not have the
timethisyear, saidjackson. The White
House had also called
Dicas’ sister Martha
(’71) about the posi
tion, but she was busy
moving and could not
volunteer. The sisters
recommended Jack-
son for the job.
From Dec. 29-Jan.
1, Jackson volun
teered to help coor
dinate the weekend
at Hilton Head, S.C.
Renaissance Week
end began 15 years
ago and involved only
a small group of
friends. This year ap
proximately 1,000 people attended,
saidjackson. )
The weekend offers a series of
seminars onavarietyoftopics, such as
issues of the economy and the ques
tion of morality in government. This
Dr. Jean Jackson got to spend a great deal of time waiting for the president with some
"cute" marines who were drivers in the president's motorcade.
friends upon
weekend hosts leaders in state and fed
eral government and some celebrities
along with their children, so sessions
are offered for the children as well.
The list of attendees is not made
public, but Jackson heard that Judge
Wapner from “The People’s Court” was
there, as well as Blair Brown from the
T.V. show “Molly Dodd.”
“The weekend includes people of
influence from all walks of life,” said
Last year some of the volunteers
were able to attend the sessions, but
Meredith searches for new dean of students
by Kristine Stagg
The search is almost over for the
new dean of students with only three
applicants left in the running, said
search conunittee member Kimberly
Over 90 applications were received
from around the country, “which re
ally says a lot about Meredith’s reputa
tion abroad,” said Doyd.
The list has been narrowed to
Patricia Daugherty, director of gradu
ate student services from the Univer
sity of Alabama; Liz Thurston, dean of
students at Midway College in Midway
Kentucky; and Sharon Kannon, direc
tor of the leadership and orientation
program at Greensboro College.
The three candidates visited with
faculty and students the week of Janu
ary 16.
student life chair Stacey Young said
that all the candidates were “very in
terested in Meredith and Meredith’s
Gordon Folger, direaor of career
services, is head ofthe committee and
"It is a wonderful problem to
have. There is no clear favorite."
- Gordon Folger
direaor of career
says “each candidate has a lot of expe
rience woriong with students and they
are ‘do-ers’ rather than thinkers.”
Dr. Jean Jackson, vice president of
student development, appointed the
committee last semester to search for
the new administrator due to the re
tirement of former dean, Dorothy
The committee consists of Gordon
Folger, Cheryl Jenkins from the office
of student activities, Beth Meier of the
counseling center, Kimberly Doyd from
the dean of students office, and Stacey
Young of the student life committee.
Committee members plan to meet
the week of January 23 to discuss feed
back from those who met with the
candidates. They will then choose an
applicant and take their suggestion to
Jayson, who will make the final selec
tion and bring it to President Weems
for final approval, says Doyd.
It will not be an easy decision how
“We have been thrilled with all
three,” said Doyd.
“It is a wonderful problem to have,”
adds Folger. “There is not a clear favor
Jackson was disappointed that was not
the case this year.
President Clinton and his family
attended this year’s Renaissance Week-
end. The White House sends an ad
vance staff to any location where the
president will appear, said Jackson.
The advance staff includes a lead ad
vance, motorcade advance, first lady
page seven
Inside the Herald...
Letter to ed.
Opinion Poll

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