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Changes in Webb’s administrative leadership

Eric Luo (’25)
Situated right by the dining hall, the administration building may be a mysterious place to some students as they rarely enter the building. The admin building, however, serves as a key location for decision-making at Webb. Housing offices the Deans, the Director of Studies, and the Associate Head of Schools, the admin building brings different positions into one space, a space where the future of our community is decided.

Webb is on its way to facing many walls of change. With Dean Duque stepping down and the one-school model approaching, what could this mean for the future of Webb’s administrative leadership? Webb has started adjusting the leadership model through combining the VWS and WSC Dean of Students and adding a Dean of Residential Life, made to balance the needs of the Webb community when transitioning into the one school model. These changes were implemented with an aim to making more steady resources for students and shaping student experiences. 

“We decided to create a cohesive Dean of Students role and create a team around that person to support a lot of student life programming, such as Mr. Rosenfeld’s role as Dean of Campus Life and a new role –– Dean of Residential Life,” said Dr. Theresa Smith, Associate Head of Schools.  

The Dean of Residential Life role was implemented to oversee the residential program as well as give the Dean of Students more capacity to think about the big picture of the school, since the Dean of Students will now be overseeing twice the number of students.  

This position will oversee all aspects of boarding life, including dorm heads, prefects, chapel, and community dinner, as well as supporting the international student program and BIPOC residential advisors. Boarding specific tasks like room selections and passes that used to be approved by the dean of students will now go through the Dean of Residential Life.  

“I think that what we’re envisioning too with Dean [of residential life] is that if there’s a disciplinary issue that has to do with boarding like room searches, roommate conflicts, issues happening within dorms, or students missing commitments like check in, Dean [of residential life] would help walk through that process,” said Sarah Lantz, Dean of VWS students.  

Besides the structural changes to faculty leadership, the people who are holding these positions have also changed. Currently, the changes include Dr. Smith as Head of Schools, Michael Hoe as Assistant Head of Schools, Dean Lantz as Dean of Students, and a new addition to the Webb community, Peter Hatala, as Director of Studies. The Dean of Residential Life has not been selected yet but will be chosen and incorporated into campus life by the next academic year. 

When finding candidates to fill in new or existing positions, Webb does a nationwide search by putting job offers on 8-10 job boards, with a goal to add more diversity to the team. Each candidate goes through an interview day, which includes campus tours, lunches with students, and various interviews with different faculty depending on the nature of the position.  

“How folks are interacting with the community is really important –– I think people who are creative, people who care about other people, and people who are willing to demonstrate growth [are important],” said Mr. Hoe, Director of Studies.  

Webb is also focusing on including diversity, equity, and inclusion through hiring. Webb works with a company called Nemnet in charge of minority recruiting. The way prospective faculty approach DEI, their cultural competency in guiding conversations about DEI, and their own identity are all things considered in the hiring process. 

“When I do a screening interview for faculty, there are four questions I ask, and one has to do with what it means to live in an inclusive community, and how they have built inclusive communities in the spaces they have worked in before,” Dr. Smith said. “Living with teenagers and being willing to is another. Another is educational philosophy, and the last is about Webb’s mission of honor and moral courage.” 

Although there are many changes to the administrative leadership board, it all moves towards the Webb’s one school model and the needs of Webb students.  

“Our educational philosophy is that students should drive their experience here,” Dr. Smith said. “That’s part of our belief, so we don’t want teachers who just stand in the front of the room. We want teachers who make things experiential, that include you in the decision-making process, or in choosing your curriculum.”  

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Stephanie Ma
Stephanie Ma, Co-Editor of Opinion
Meet Stephanie “Steph” Ma ('25), a harmonious force within the Webb Canyon Chronicle and Webb Community. This past summer Steph leisurely sojourned in Korea, where she indulged in delicious street foods such as fish cakes and tteokbokki. She continued her summer melodiously with visits to Boston College and NYU’s Clive Davis Institute, where she immersed herself in the world of music, recorded her own songs, and had her soul serenaded by Masie Peters while visiting her brother in Canada. Looking through her Spotify, you are sure to find the ballads of Taylor Swift and Joshua Bassett. A talented instrumentalist, she plays a multitude of instruments such as the violin, guitar, and ukulele, yet her compositions extend beyond melodies. At Webb, the humanities strike a chord in her heart, especially classes conducted by Ms. MacPhee. As a maestro of leadership, Steph serves on the VWS Honor Cabinet When writing for the WCC Steph meticulously pieces together articles, most notably her compelling piece on the UC strikes. Finishing with a crescendo we can all look forward to seeing Steph thrive during her third year at Webb, while we take delight in her enlightened and empathetic articles during her second year at the Chronicle.  Favorite Song: "Cool About It" by Boygenius
Eric Luo
Eric Luo, Co-Editor of News
A skilled conductor Eric Luo (‘25) adeptly orchestrates a symphony of diverse talents, weaving together creative writing, music, and culinary arts. This summer, he not only sharpened his writing skills at a Kenyon College creative writing camp but also explored African history at a Stanford summer camp. As a multi-instrumentalist, he is proficient in saxophone and is self-taught in bassoon and piano. He takes this musical passion a step further by creating compositions on digital audio workstations, such as Logic. Alongside his commitment to composing music and writing, Eric is a cooking enthusiast, dedicated to both the scientific and artistic aspects of gastronomy. Eric’s cooking skills venture beyond conventional recipes as he channels his passion toward cheese-making. Driven by his curiosity for food chemistry and biology, Eric started making cheese during the pandemic. While he loves Brie and Gorgonzola, a timeless classic mozzarella is his favorite to create. From his experimentation in culinary science to writing styles particularly in creative nonfiction essays Eric continually challenges himself. This year, he also aims to experiment in the Webb Canyon Chronicle and transition from feature articles to publishing more opinion pieces to foster change by promoting underrepresented points of view in Webb and the world at large.   Favorite Song: "Big Toe" by The Growlers
Dan Danylov
Dan Danylov, Co-Editor of Sports & Co-Editor of Opinion
Most Webb students spend their summer at the beach or relaxing with friends, but Dan Danylov (‘23) is not like most Webb students. Dan spent his summer in Romania assisting Ukrainian refugees to obtain the proper documents and find flights. His willingness to help others in need highlights Dan’s dedicated humanitarianism and loyal friendship. At Webb, Dan is the head dorm prefect in Jones, which he claims is the best dorm on campus. He is a perfect fit for the prefect role; he loves helping his peers and is adept at making the lives of those around him just a little bit better. Dan also loves the arts, playing both drums and guitar, and is constantly listening to his favorite genre, post-punk, also known as soviet rock. Not stopping with music, Dan is an avid film enthusiast in his free time and recently enjoyed Sorry to Bother You, an Afro-Surrealist film from 2018. When he’s not watching movies or practicing the drums, Dan spends his time with friends. If you ever happen to drop by his dorm late at night, chances are he will be forgoing a good night's rest to speak with his friends and family on the other side of the world. Dan hopes to use his position as Co-Editor of Opinion and Co-Editor of Sports to improve his and his peers’ writing and advocate for issues he is passionate about.    Favorite Song: “Redbone” by Childish Gambino 
Heloise Robertson
Heloise Robertson, Chief Copy Editor
Delightful and entertaining Heloise Robertson (‘23) is a cherished personality at Webb for her friendly face and hilarious jokes. Our new Chief Copy Editor is a secretly talented chef, a caring camp counselor, an avid fan of horror literature, and the Webb Canyon Chronicle’s fastest editor. She has learned the importance of teamwork and empathy through participating in basketball and cross country. If you need a hand, hers is out to pick you up. Her personal goals this year are to keep a healthy self-care routine, starting with making her bed every morning before school. Heloise’s vision board for journalism includes making sure every article is timely, ensuring that she spots every grammar mistake, and including the student body in the publication better. Knock on this Head Editor’s Jameson dorm room, and you’ll find her eating sushi, watching Despicable Me, and lying on her stuffed elephant.  “This Charming Man” by The Smiths 

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