LEWISBURG, Pa. — Linda Locher, director of Psychological Services at Bucknell University, has been named interim dean of students, Provost Mick Smyer announced today. Locher will assume her new role July 26.
"Linda has worked closely with students, faculty and administrators in directing and providing essential student services and she fully understands the significant role that the Dean of Students office plays in supporting the University's academic mission," Smyer said. "I am delighted that Linda is willing to take on this most important responsibility."
It was announced earlier this month that Dean Susan Hopp has accepted the position of vice president for student services and athletics and dean of students at Linfield College in Oregon, beginning Aug. 1. Bucknell will begin a national search soon for a new dean of students.
As interim dean of students, Locher will oversee the office responsible for a range of student-life matters. The office and its staff manage new student orientation, residence halls and off-campus living, campus activities and organization, fraternity and sorority affairs, student government, multicultural interests, community service, student leadership, and wellness services, among other areas of student life.
Locher has served as the director of Psychological Services at Bucknell since 2003. The University's mental health and counseling center provides individual and group counseling and psychotherapy to students as well as emergency and crisis intervention services, outreach programming and consultation to the campus community.
Associate Director Tom Balistrieri will assume oversight of the center's day-to-day services as Clinical Services Director. As Interim Dean of Students, Linda will continue to represent the center nationally and direct its long-range planning.
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Locher is serving a second term on the board of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors and is a frequent presenter and consultant on student mental health issues. At Bucknell, she has also served on the Administrative Personnel Committee and the Programming Subcommittee of the Academic Affairs/Student Affairs Merger Taskforce.
Locher previously worked for 11 years as an assistant professor and director of counseling and student development at James Madison University. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology and education from Dickinson College and holds master's degrees in counseling psychology and counseling and guidance and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from The Ohio State University.
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