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Former Beloit Dean of Students Klawitter takes position in Madison

As The Round Table previously reported, Dr. Christina Klawitter’98, who had served as Beloit College’s Dean of Students since 2011, has accepted a position as Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs for the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

President Scott Bierman announced in an email to the campus community on Aug. 22 – five days before classes began for the Fall 2018 semester – that Klawitter’s first day in her new role in Madison would be Monday, Sept. 24. Associate Dean of Inclusive Living and Learning Cecil Youngblood has been serving as Interim Dean of Students since Sept. 15.

Klawitter told the Round Table this week that after seven years as Dean of Students for Beloit College, her first alma mater, she had begun considering her next career move when “UW-Madison’s School of Education made me an offer I simply couldn’t refuse.” She told the School of Education’s website that for her, “This is the right role at the right time.”

President Bierman acknowledged UW-Madison’s “unbridled enthusiasm” for Klawitter’s new role in his Aug. 22 message, writing that “Christina’s leadership has been characterized by her intelligence, imagination, and curiosity all forged at her undergraduate home.”

As the Round Table previously reported, Bierman added that “In 2011 when I first met Christina as a candidate for our Dean of Students position at Beloit College, I was floored by her obvious talents and was confident that she was exactly the visionary leader we needed.” He continued, “Looking back, it seems impossible that anyone could have met the ridiculously high expectations forged by those early interactions. Yet Christina, in her role as leader of Student Affairs, has vaulting far beyond those aspirations over her seven years at Beloit.”

Cecil Youngblood has served as Interim Dean of Students for just over a week as of Sept. 24. “I truly am not apprehensive about anything. I am excited,” he told The Round Table recently. “We are in a challenging time for the college. It is also an exciting time.” Youngblood said that he has spent the past week catching up on Klawitter’s current and future projects and initiatives. He also said that his goals within Beloit’s Office of Inclusive Living and Learning – equity, inclusion, anti-racism and student success – will carry over as he takes on his new responsibilities.

According to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Klawitter will oversee student academic affairs, student services and School of Education activities there. She will also develop policies and procedures as well as coordinate other units providing advising, recruitment and scholarship services within the school.

UW-Madison and its School of Education are also alma maters for Klawitter. After graduating from Beloit College in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Legal Studies, Klawitter earned her master’s in Mental Health Counseling in 2001 and her PhD in Educational Leadership and Administration in 2007, both from Madison. She has also worked for the university’s administration before, as Assistant Dean and Career Services Director from 2003 to 2009 and as Assistant Dean for Academic Progress from 2009 to 2011.

“I absolutely loved working” as Dean of Students, Klawitter told The Round Table. “I was routinely impressed by faculty and staff who care deeply about achieving the mission of the college and by students who are smart, passionate and curious.” She said that in her absence, she hopes Beloit’s administration will work toward equity and inclusion; use the Powerhouse to positively impact student experience; and continue to strengthen community on campus.

Now, “I’m looking forward to being the best, most productively engaged alum of Beloit College that I can be,” Klawitter said.

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