Jean Hamler

Current Position: Associate Director of Planning and Institutional Research

Past Positions: Associate Vice President for Student Affairs; Director of Intercultural Affairs

Years at Stonehill: 23

How I recognize student success: For me, it’s the students’ ability to succeed academically while living out the mission that challenges each student to “think, lead and act with courage toward creating a just and compassionate world,” a world that requires engagement with others; advocates for the poor and marginalized in our society; and appreciates and values what others bring to the table.

Something people don’t know about me: I’m shy. Positions over the years have pushed me into the spotlight, but basically I am more comfortable working out my soul salvation in the background.

Proudest moments at Stonehill: There are two: 2004 serving as the Commencement moderator, which was the same year my daughter graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, and 2012, when my granddaughter was accepted to the Class of 2016.

While working here, I have learned: No one is an island unto him/herself. It takes different beliefs, values and thoughts to make Stonehill a great place to work, as well as a great environment in which to live and learn.

What I’d like to see happen here: Stonehill is unique, with roots that reflect how the College served the children of blue-collar workers. My prayer is that we continue to serve as a beacon of “light and hope” for students who otherwise might not have an opportunity for higher education.

Best spot on campus: My office! I offer it as a safe haven for students and anyone else who just needs a listening ear.