The following message was sent to all Barnard alumnae and the campus community on Wednesday, March 27, 2013:
Dear members of the Barnard community,
Most recently, in her three years as Vice President for College Relations, Dorothy has found new and compelling ways to connect our alumnae to the College, and our students to our alumnae. Her outreach to alumnae has extended well outside the gates from Paris and London to Seattle and St. Louis, and beyond. In many of these areas, she was the first senior administrator to visit, and her efforts have helped double the number of alumnae clubs to a total of 52, both stateside and abroad. In addition, she organized faculty lectures in cities throughout the world, and secured grant money to increase programming for 350 alumnae and 40 gap-year students in Israel.
While her service as Vice President for College Relations has been innovative and invaluable, her seventeen-year reign as Dean of the College was legendary. She has done more, and done it with more passion and heart, than any one letter can convey. As dean, Dorothy was responsible for all student services in support of the academic mission of the college, including admissions and financial aid, academic and pre-professional advising, residential life and student activities, and health and wellness programs. She developed ways to assure that students on financial aid would be able to participate fully in the study abroad experience. She introduced external peer reviews for student service areas and under her guidance the Barnard Student Health Service was the first of our peer group to be accredited. She reimagined and then expanded Family Weekend, developed programs for parents during New Student Orientation Program, and created a parents' newsletter, Perspectives for Parents. In addition, she taught courses in the First-Year Seminar program and the Centennial Scholars program.
For two decades, Dorothy has overseen Barnard's Office of Career Development, leading it at a time of extraordinary growth and success. The Office has been singled out for its mentoring program and was named top 5 by the Princeton Review. And during Dorothy's history-making tenure as dean, applications increased by over 100%, and the admit rate dropped from 56% to 25%, making Barnard the most selective women's college in the country. Student satisfaction rates on major surveys showed improvement in all areas, and our graduation rates improved by over 7%. And that happiness that put us in the top ten colleges with the happiest students? We owe many of those smiles to her.
We also owe Dorothy a debt of gratitude that we can never fully repay. She has changed the face of Barnard by her presence alone, and her intelligence and ideas will resonate for a long time to come. For the decades of brilliant and well-cared for students who have passed through her door, her countless colleagues, and her Barnard sisters, she will always be family. And, of course, she will always be a proud Barnard alumna.
I am very pleased that Dorothy has happily agreed to make 2013-14 a transition year. She will continue to oversee the Centennial Scholars program and continue to work with her current first-year advisees. I know you will join me in thanking Dorothy for all she has done for Barnard.