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Stephen Klass named Vice President and Dean of Students in the University

Stephen Klass, currently Associate Vice President and Deputy Dean of Students in the University, has been appointed Vice President and Dean of Students in the University. Klass will succeed Margo Marshak, who has accepted the position of Vice President for Student Affairs at the California Institute of Technology. Klass's appointment will take effect on October 1, 2002.

"This is an incredible opportunity and challenge and I am truly grateful to be able to continue the great work of Margo Marshak and her predecessor, Ed Turkington," Klass said. "I am really looking forward to working with a phenomenal set of colleagues as well as the student leadership."

Klass came to Chicago from the University of Rochester, where he had held several administrative positions from 1988 to 1995. He arrived as Director of Auxiliary Services, but by 1997 he had been named Deputy Dean of Student Services for Housing and Dining Services and Assistant Dean of the College. In 2001 he was promoted to his current position. Klass hold a B.A. with Honors from Hobart College and an M.S. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Rochester.

"Steve's vision and energy have made him a key contributor to most of the important improvements in student life at Chicago in recent years," said Don Randel, President of the University of Chicago, in a written statement to deans and officers. Klass was a leader of the project to establish the Chicago Card system; led the restructuring of the campus dining program, including the development of Hutchinson commons, the renovation of the C-Shop, the introduction of flex dollars and the development of the new Bartlett Dining Hall; greatly improved the campus transportation system, including the introduction of evening downtown service and CTA busses that serve both campus and the surrounding community; and played a key role in the conception and programmatic development for the Max Palevsky Residential Commons.

Most recently, Klass has worked closely with the Office of International Affairs to improve its federal reporting system, and facilitate its move to and greater integration with International House. He has also chaired the steering committee that is guiding the implementation of new student information systems.

Marshak's achievements as Vice President and Dean of Students have included establishing closer tied to student government and other student groups to advocate more effectively for them; establishing a housing task force; developing closer relations with deans of students in the graduate and professional schools; overseeing the restructuring of the health insurance plans; and working closely with new faculty and trustee committees on student services.

"It has been a very enriching experience to work with Don Randel, an extraordinarily able leader for this great University, as well as all the highly talented faculty, staff and students here," Marshak said. "The seriousness of purpose of this unique institution has taught me lessons that will be valuable assets throughout my life."

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