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Subject: An Announcement Regarding Reed’s Vice President for Student Life

October 16, 2019

Dear Reed students, staff, and faculty,

I write today to share with the community that Mike Brody, vice president for student life, has announced his resignation. Mike has been a dedicated leader at Reed for 17 years, and on behalf of the entire Reed community, I express my deep gratitude to him for his extraordinary contributions and deep commitment to helping students succeed at and beyond Reed. Due to the importance of his position and changes currently in motion within student life, Mike will remain in his role through June 2020, the end of the academic year, to support a smooth transition.

Mike began his work for Reed as a counselor in the health & counseling center (HCC) in 2002, and he subsequently led the HCC as its director. In 2009, Mike was named vice president and dean of students in recognition of his skills and ability to effectively lead and direct the development and implementation of programs in support of student success. Since then he has overseen a talented staff that has made extraordinary contributions to supporting individual students and the entire campus community.

In recent years Mike’s efforts have been focused on strategic initiatives to enhance student success. The burgeoning student success project includes new and expanded programs across and beyond the student life division. Mike also provided important leadership of our Title IX and ADA programs for the past five years as Title IX Coordinator and ADA Section 504 Coordinator. His numerous contributions will be felt at Reed for years to come. Please join me in thanking Mike for his years of service to the college and to student success.   

I take this opportunity to recognize that change can be stressful and to assure you that I am committed to ensuring students and the office of student life are properly supported. I am especially cognizant of the impact this change will have on the student life teams, and I thank them in advance for their support as well as their ongoing and unyielding commitment to student success. 

In the coming weeks, I will communicate the plans for a search for Mike’s successor. I am sure many of you will have questions throughout this time of transition and I invite you to reach out to me directly at any time.