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Beloit College bids farewell to Conover after 13 years

Beloit College students and faculty bade farewell to Bill Conover in an event on Friday, Sept. 15, the final day of his 13 years of service as the director of the college’s Spiritual Life Program.

About a week previously, Dean of Students Christina Klawitter and Assistant Dean of Students Cecil Youngblood announced in an email to the Beloit community that Conover had chosen to depart from the college with an interest in pursuing service in hospital and prison chaplaincy. “We know whatever he ultimately chooses, his work will be exemplary, as it has been during his time at Beloit,” they wrote.

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While serving as campus chaplain and directing the Spiritual Life Program, which Klawitter and Youngblood wrote “has emphasized interfaith relationships, curiosity, and compassion,” Conover led regular events for the student body and coordinated many appearances by outside guests.

He is a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism and studies with Lama Rod Owens, a teacher of the Dharma who visited Beloit College this Spring. Conover received an undergraduate degree in East Asian Studies from Princeton University in 1989 and a Master of Divinity Degree from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York in 1993. Before coming to Beloit, he had served as a pastor in Solomon, Kan.; in Madison, Wis.; and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A small gathering in Weeks Lounge last Friday thanked Conover for his service to the college and wished him luck in his future pursuits. “While we will miss Bill enormously, we will forever be thankful for the mark he’s leaving here,” wrote Klawitter and Youngblood.

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