College experiences departures, Koverman announces plans to retire

By Editor-in-Chief

As Kwang-Wu Kim heads into his second year as president, some familiar faces will be absent while new ones join the ranks of Columbia’s administration.

Two high-ranking administrators, Diane Doyne, associate vice president of marketing and communications, and Warren Chapman, senior vice president, will have departed the college before the fall 2014 semester begins. The departures come after several other top administrative positions were filled.

Robert Koverman, associate vice president of safety and security, will retire at the end of January 2015.

Koverman has been at the college since 2009. In an email to college administrators, Alicia Berg, vice president of campus environment, thanked Koverman for his service to college. 

“Bob has worked closely with so many of us—administrators, academic leaders, faculty, students and external partners—in his efforts to continuously improve campus safety in response to ever-changing requirements,” Berg wrote. “He led the efforts to build the college’s own 24-7 security command center, implemented its first international travel safety program and even got the City of Chicago to close a block of Wabash Avenue to traffic all day for Manifest—amongst numerous other accomplishments.”

Doyne left the college July 17, according to a statement from Cara Birch, public relations manager. Doyne resigned from her position, according to an email statement from Doyne.

Doyne’s responsibilities included overseeing the college’s communications practices. She recently led the college’s 2013 research-based image campaign that spawned the slogans “Live What You Love” and “Create Your Career,” both of which were featured in various college recruitment advertisements displayed across Chicago.

Doyne’s departure was preceded by the July 7 announcement that Anne-Marie St. Germaine would serve as interim vice president of marketing and communications, a position only distinguished from Doyne’s by the lack of an associate designation, while the college launches national search.

St. Germaine is currently the managing director of Resolute Consulting, a firm with which Columbia has had a prior relationship. As reported May 12 by The Chronicle, Resolute Consulting, along with Huron Consulting Group Inc., are in the midst of examining the college’s communication and business practices, both of which have been cited by Kim as needing restructuring.

 According to Birch, St. Germaine will assume Doyne’s duties Aug. 1.

Chapman will conclude his duties as senior vice president July 31 and recently served as the interim vice president of development while the college conducted a national search and restructured the now defunct office of Institutional Advancement into the Department of Development, the administrative office dedicated to raising funds for the college.

The college’s ability to fundraise appeared questionable following the Jan. 15 departure of Patrick Sheahan, former vice president of Institutional Advancement, four months after his appointment and the Feb. 28 mass firings of more than half of the former office’s employees.

In a July 7 college-wide email, Kim thanked Chapman for his two-year tenure as senior vice president, his role as interim vice president of development and his prior 9-year role as a member of the Board of Trustees.

“In both instances, Warren accepted his new administrative responsibilities at a time of uncertainty, and proved to be a stabilizing presence in the areas that he oversaw,” Kim wrote.

Chapman did not return a request for comment as of press time.

Chapman’s interim position concluded with the July 3 appointment of Jon Sterns, an experienced fundraiser, as vice president of Development. Stern’s appointment followed the June 4 appointment of CFO Michelle Gates and the July 1 start-date of provost Stan Wearden.