This summer, Deanna Bos will not be slotting students into empty rooms. She will not be worrying about residence hall keys and security, overcrowding, or last-minute changes. Instead, after 28 years of working in Pomona’s Office of Campus Life, Bos is retiring and moving on to the next stage of her life.
First hired as a secretary, Bos quickly became an administrative assistant and was later promoted to Housing Director as new responsibilities arose.
“When I first came here, they still pulled tickets out of a bucket,” said Bos, referring to room draw, the system for assigning on-campus housing to students.
According to Bos, the change to a computer-based system was the largest and most daunting task she undertook in her position.
“That change was difficult because at the time students had a complete mistrust of the system,” said Bos. “They felt like they still had some control over their number when they picked it themselves. The change made the whole process a lot quicker, and today it seems ridiculous to use paper and a bucket.”
According to Associate Dean of Students and Dean of Campus Life Ric Townes, the process of finding a replacement for Bos cannot proceed until President David Oxtoby approves either refilling the Housing Director position or allocating the responsibilities to other administrators.
If the proposal is to find a replacement, Townes said he will begin by looking for someone with housing experience at a small liberal arts college. He admits this could be a hard position to fill in such a niche market but hopes to attract knowledgeable individuals with Pomona College’s high standards and sunny California location.
“I don’t know if people really appreciate what goes on behind the scenes,” said Townes. “Whether it’s orientation, opening, summer housing, room draw, sorting out keys, I just don’t know that people know how much she’s given of herself for students. She does a pretty amazing job.”
Vice President and Dean of Students Miriam Feldblum said the college is also considering restructuring administrative responsibilities within the Office of Campus Life. The college is examining operations at other colleges before moving forward.
“Many colleges have someone directly devoted to directing and managing residential life,” Feldblum said. “We’re looking at what other models are and looking to see how we can strengthen both parts of what Campus Life is primarily responsible for.”