College hires Associate Dean to improve student involvement

wehrman-ellenMarietta College’s Office of Campus Involvement has seen major changes over the recent summer months: a new title, a new office space and a new Associate Dean of Students at the helm.

Ellen Wehrman, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from the University of Arkansas and a Master’s in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago, was recently named to the Associate Dean position at Marietta.

After graduating from Loyola, Wehrman worked at both the Illinois Institute of Technology and Loyola as a Student Activities Coordinator, advising more than 250 student organizations and executing hundreds of events, including a national award-winning Welcome Week program at LUC.

Now Wehrman oversees Marietta’s Office of Campus Involvement, the central hub of extra- and co-curricular student involvement, what was formerly known as the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life. 

“Our office’s new name reflects what our challenge and mission will be this year: creating a holistic approach to student learning by involving the whole campus,” Wehrman said. “My hope is that each student knows where our office is located — Andrews Hall 111 — and further, that each student knows that we can help them find a way to connect at Marietta College that resonates with their interests.”

Wehrman’s own experience with student affairs as an undergraduate has fueled her desire to make a career of it. She said the mentors she gained from her campus involvement provided the needed support for her to finish her degree. Wehrman hopes to pay it forward by continuing that mentorship with students at Marietta.

“My philosophy on working with students is equal parts question and answer,” she said. “Each project, each conversation should find a balance between challenge and support — and I expect the same back from the students, as well.”

Jacob Tidwell, Assistant Dean of Students, works closely alongside Wehrman in the Office of Campus Involvement and is already encouraged by her addition to the campus.

“Ellen brings a new perspective to our office, which I hope will lead to improving our services and programs,” Tidwell said. “We manage a great deal of student-centered activities and I believe our students will enjoy Ellen’s sense of humor and desire to connect with them. I have no doubt that this will be a great year of growth and improvement for our office.”

Wehrman is not completely new to Marietta College. She lived in the area with her husband, Dr. Andrew Wehrman of the Department of History.

“One of the unique things about Marietta that I am discovering is a real sense of history everywhere you turn: every building, organization and event has a story behind it,” she said. “I am most looking forward to building on this history by working to strengthen existing campus traditions, and hopefully adding a few more!”