Fessenden Tapped To Lead Revamped Career Center

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

Vice President for Student Affairs Kevin P. Duffy has named Frank Fessenden, director of the Hiatt Career Development Center at Brandeis University since 1994, as the new director of the reorganized Boston College Career Center. He will join the University on Oct. 1.

Fessenden replaces Marilyn Morgan, who as part of the center's reorganization will become the University's first full-time director of Alumni Career Services. Morgan, the Career Center director since 1982, will implement strategies to more directly meet the needs of alumni, who are utilizing center services and resources at a growing rate.

"Frank has had significant success in applying technology to career planning," Duffy said. "He has a reputation for creative thinking, for being able to develop a vision for a career center, and then mobilizing staff and resources to achieve it."

"Boston College has an excellent reputation and a strong sense of community, qualities which make it a very attractive institution at which to work," Fessenden said. "The BC Career Center has a tremendous staff and program, and I look forward to continue helping the center grow and fulfill the needs of students and alumni."

Frank Fessenden

Fessenden said there are several areas he plans to address as director, including undergraduate internships and networking opportunities with alumni. The key initiative, he said, will be to scrutinize the roles technology will play in the center's mission and develop plans to meet those objectives.

"Using technology will be an integral part of what we do," Fessenden said. "The Career Center has already taken significant steps in that area, by establishing a home page on the World Wide Web, for instance. We have to see what else can be done, what other ways we can use it to communicate effectively and provide service."

Fessenden joined Brandeis in 1987 as the Hiatt Center assistant director and career counselor, and was appointed associate director of administration in 1992. After working as a full-time consultant briefly for The Demos Consulting Group in Duxbury, Fessenden returned to the Hiatt Center as director in 1994.

A 1982 graduate of Williams College, Fessenden earned a master of arts degree in counseling psychology at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he served as a career counselor and teaching assistant.

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