Interim Dean of Student Affairs Randy Harrell has seen his interim appointment extended until the end of Spring semester 2021. Harrell came out of retirement to fill the position and with his continuous expression of his love and support for New College and it’s students, he chose to stay on another year.
“I fell head over heels in love with New College, it was pretty quick,” Harrell, as he sat in his now decorated HCL 1 office, said. “The infatuation has not worn off. I continue to have an absolute passion to get up in the morning to get in here. It is a real honor to be able to serve the students in the college.”
Harrell, who can often be found engaging with students in the Hamilton Center, has expressed his excitement at the opportunity to continue to work with the student body. Recent news of the potential merger with Florida State University has also called Harrell into action. He gave a rousing speech at the Save Our School Rally and continues to help students find their voice.
“I’m really, really pleased to have a full year to work and implement some change.” Harrell said.
Every New College student remembers the moment they decided New College would be the place to call home for four years. For Harrel, New College culture and it’s students were a big part of accepting the job and his time here has only served to reinforce his decision.
“I’ve always had some exceedingly talented students at every campus I’ve worked at,” Harrell said. “I’ve never worked at a campus where all the students are exceedingly talented.”
Harrell is famously known for buying a used RV to travel around all 50 states. While traveling to all 50 states seems unlikely, Harrell looks forward to returning to retirement with his wife and spending more time with family.
“We can’t drive the RV to Hawaii and I’m not sure we’ll drive it to Alaska, but we still have 30 more states to get to and I also have my first grandchild on the way!” Harrell said with a warm grin.
Interim Dean of Enrollment David Rhodes has also had his appointment extended until the end of Spring semester 2021, but could not be reached for comment.