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Dr. Joyce DeLeo, Vice President of Administrative Affairs, was quietly ejected from her office during winter break. Almost all association she shared with the college has now vanished from the school’s record, aside from a broken link announcing her arrival to campus, and an archived Hub interview.
William Leonard, Dean of Arts and Sciences, confirmed the news in a brief interview that DeLeo is currently on sabbatical and will not be returning in the fall. When asked about the circumstances behind DeLeo’s termination, he said it “wouldn’t be appropriate” to discuss.
Reportedly, an announcement was posted to the faculty portal stating that DeLeo was on sabbatical. That announcement has since been removed.
A Portal Announcement, linked in the weekly PR update e-mailed out to students and staff, was sent out yesterday with following message from Sister Janet, SND, President:
“At our Faculty and Administration/Staff meetings earlier this week, I shared several announcements regarding the Academic Affairs administration. As you know, at the end of the fall 2014 semester, Joyce De Leo left her position at the College as Vice President of Academic Affairs. The College is reviewing thoughtfully the academic needs of students and faculty under the leadership of our existing academic administration, and we will begin to network for a new VPAA before beginning a search process that will include faculty and other members of the College community.”
I am confident in the excellent academic administration currently in place. We have made several administrative changes to provide enhanced support for our faculty and academic programs. Dr. William Leonard continues his responsibilities as Dean of Arts and Sciences, providing leadership for our faculty and programs and overseeing our strong and experienced academic team.”
According to Leonard and Cindy O’Callaghan, Associate Dean of Academic Program Support, in her time at Emmanuel Dr. DeLeo helped lead the charge to secure accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. DeLeo also worked with the Education Department and assisted in implementing the 4+1 Program for senior upperclassmen who want to receive a Master of Arts in Teaching degree one year after graduation.
“She had high character,” said Leonard, who has worked at the college for 15 years.
Before DeLeo worked at Emmanuel, she was the Principal Investigator at a neuroscience lab at Dartmouth College. A quick Google search provides a link to her extensive CV, where there is no mention of any affiliation with Emmanuel. Her public LinkedIn profile tells a similar story.
O’Callaghan added that “DeLeo’s presence in the [Administrative Affairs] office reflects a long-standing history of the school” and the work done at Emmanuel. She declined to comment further about that presence or the history to which she was referring.
At this point, no response is returned, automated or otherwise, when attempting to contact DeLeo through her Emmanuel e-mail account.
Editorial Note: A previous version of this article did not include the Portal Message from Sister Janet, SND, President.