Olivia White, vice president for student life and dean of students at Hood College, will retire later this year after more than 27 years at the college.

White has served in her current role since 1994 and in that time created an environment at Hood that is focused on students having a successful college experience through both academic achievement and student life.

“Dean White has an energy and excitement while working with students that goes unmatched,” Christian Hoch, a senior at Hood and president of the Student Government Association, said in a statement. “She brightens everyone’s day, and she worked hard to make sure all students were supported. She will truly be missed here at Hood.”

In 2014, White was instrumental in putting together a yearlong series at the college called “Realizing the Dream,” which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act becoming law.

The series featured guest lectures, performances and documentaries, as well as the historic “March on Frederick,” which attracted national civil rights activist Julian Bond, numerous state and local officials and nearly 1,200 marchers and participants over the three-day weekend celebration.

Due to her efforts on the planning committee, White was recognized as 2014 Citizen of the Year by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Alpha Lambda Lambda Chapter.

In 2017, White received the George B. Delaplaine Distinguished Citizen Award of Frederick County. She was recognized for the positive and lasting impact she has made in the community, and was the first female to be selected for the award.

“It is said that if you choose a job you love, you will never have to work a day in your life. That is perhaps, the best summation of my time at Hood,” White said in a statement. “I have been incredibly blessed to work with and serve students and a community that values, cares and supports each other.”

She added that even though she is retiring she will continue to give her “heart to Hood.”

“l am looking forward to this new chapter in my life — retirement, the opportunities to continue serving Hood, the organizations I am passionate about, and especially spending more time with family and friends,” White said.

Hood College President Andrea Chapdelaine said that White will be greatly missed.

“She has been a pillar of the Hood community for nearly 30 years. It is hard to express the impact she has had on countless members of our community or to imagine Hood without Olivia White,” Chapdelaine said.

The college said that White’s last day will be sometime on or around July 1 and that a transition plan for student life will be announced this spring.

FCPS staff recommends closing Sabillasville ElementaryThe Board of Education will hold its first discussion on the possible closing of Sabillasville Elementary School at its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Central Office boardroom. A staff report from FCPS staff recommends closing the school due to operational challenges and an estimated savings of approximately $500,000 to the district by doing so.

There will be an opportunity before the discussion for public comment. This meeting follows a community discussion last week at the school that brought out dozens of concerned parents and community members who want the small school to stay open.

Community chat slated for Spring Ridge ElementaryAt 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, a meeting on recent behavioral incidents at Spring Ridge Elementary School will take place at the school. Spring Ridge Elementary administrators and representatives from central office of Frederick County Public Schools will be in attendance. Kathy Prichard, director of elementary schools for FCPS, is expected to attend.

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