Faculty Spotlight: Dean Bridget Haines-Frank
By: John Shields
With all the changes that seem to be surrounding Student Affairs here at Immaculata, there is a significant new face that maybe some students have not heard about. She is the new Assistant Dean of Students, Immaculata alum, and a key player among the commuter student body. For this Faculty Spotlight, I interviewed Bridget Haines-Frank; the newest member of Student Affairs.
Growing up in Southwest Philadelphia, Dean Haines-Frank attended West Catholic High School. She attended Immaculata University, graduating in 1996 with a degree in Psychology. Her earlier jobs include working at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia University, and University of the Arts before coming here to her old stomping grounds at Immaculata.
So what exactly does the Assistant Dean of Students do? Well, she is in charge of student conduct. There are parts of her job that have transitioned from the Dean of Student’s responsibilities, but there is a bigger emphasis on the commuter portion of Immaculata’s students. She is the “Commuter Student Resource” and hopes to create a stronger program here at Immaculata. “I just hope to bring my own experiences and my own style of leadership to Immaculata. I just want to do whatever Immaculata needs.”
Coming back to Immaculata, has been quite a thrill for her. “I am happy to see the growing and moving forward here at Immaculata. I see a lot of positive changes occurring here.” Although a lot has changed since Bridget’s time here; the biggest change being the addition of the male student body. Her biggest memory of her years here at Immaculata; sneaking down and sleeping under the Christmas tree with her friends in the Rotunda. I mention this in the article simply for information purposes; not to give any ideas. I sincerely hope nobody tries this nowadays.
Off-campus, Bridget is a current doctorial student at Widener University. She is married with a four year old daughter. Most of her free is spent with her immediate family and helping out in her local Parish. After her graduation from Immaculata, she was involved with Habitat for Humanity and helped build houses in a few southern states.
As for upcoming events, she plans to work more with the commuter surveys and continue to work to improve Immaculata. On that note, during the interview, she requested that I make it known to commuters that her office is here to help. So, for any commuters reading this piece, the Assistant Dean of Students is here to help you with any issues.