The following is a message from President Greg Woodward:
DeLois Lindsey, an integral member of our campus community, has announced her plans to retire in May. She has been a cherished advocate and mentor for our students during the more than 33 years she has worked at the University, and we are so grateful for her legacy of accomplishments.
Lois came to the University in 1984 as senior technical specialist in Hillyer College (then the College of Basic Studies). In that role, she managed computer centers that grew in number from one to three; assisted students, faculty, and staff with computer and software use; and taught computer programming classes.
In 1992, she began what became a consistent pattern of taking on a new job while continuing the old one. She added coordinator of student services in Hillyer to her computer center responsibilities and assisted Hillyer’s dean of academic advising in auditing candidates for associate degrees, and advising and registering students for classes. She left both of those roles to become director of the Office of Multicultural Programs in 1994, a position she still holds within her role as assistant vice president for student development, which she assumed in 2002.
Throughout her more than three decades here, Lois has enhanced the student experience both academically and socially. In her roles and responsibilities, she interacts with students across many key areas. She is advisor for multicultural programs that have grown in number from three to as many as 13. She supervised the Center for Community Service (and served as its director for several years), the Office of Student Conduct, Campus Activities Team and Greek Life, Campus Ministries, Hillel, and WSAM radio. She also is administrator for the Hartford Scholars (half-tuition) program and for the BSU Book Fund. Many current students and alumni refer to her as “Mama Lois.” Here are some messages received after students learned that Lois is retiring.
Lois serves and has served on too many boards of directors and organizational committees to list. More than two decades of holiday parties on campus for preschool children in Hartford and hosting hundreds of elementary, middle, and high school students to introduce them to a college environment are just two of the myriad of community service initiatives she organized. In addition to teaching computer programming, Lois taught Student Affairs Administration and Student Development in Higher Education, and Diversity in Higher Education in our Doctor of Educational Leadership program. She has been a presenter on student and multicultural topics both in the United States and abroad. She has received many awards including the America East Conference Black History Month Recognition of Service, the State of Connecticut Citizen’s Citation, and Student Government Advisor of the Year.
Lois earned her Master of Science in Educational Technology here in 1988 and plans to continue pursuing an MBA in the Barney School. She earned an EdD in Higher Education Leadership from Johnson & Wales University in 2012.
I will let you know of plans for the farewell event for Lois as we draw closer to her actual date of retirement. Please join me in wishing Lois the very best as she enters retirement.