Interim Director's Note

July 2020

Dear Swearer Center Community, 

Back in March, I wrote to you as I began my new role, saying, “from my desk in the Swearer Center’s new space at 2 Stimson Avenue, I am reflecting on the many changes this year has brought – and continues to bring – to our Center.” Little did we know what was to come! 

The past few months have brought significant changes and challenges for our communities, from adjusting to working and learning remotely as the result of a global pandemic, to global civil unrest calling for justice and systemic change. This has been a difficult, emotional, painful time for many, and we – the Swearer Center staff – recognize, honor, and mirror much of what you have been feeling. We hope you are finding community and connection during this time. 

At the Swearer Center, we are preparing for more changes in anticipation of an academic year that will look different than previous years. Our staff is committed to continuing to provide the best experience and education possible for our students, faculty, and community partners. We are committed to sharing information with transparency and expediency. As we move forward together, I know we will remain grounded in our values, vision, and mission, greeting new challenges with creativity and hope.

Although I have enjoyed serving as Interim Director, I am excited that a national search is beginning for the next executive director. The search for this position – the Stark Family Executive Director of the Swearer Center for Public Service and Associate Dean of the College for Engaged Scholarship – will be led by the Dean of the College, Rashid Zia, and will involve input from faculty, students, staff, and community members. We commit to sharing as much information as possible with our communities as it becomes available. 

Thank you for your support of the Swearer Center; l look forward to your continued partnership.


Betsy Shimberg​

Interim Director of the Swearer Center
Associate Dean of the College