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Zacker Named Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

John Zacker, assistant vice president for student affairs, will serve as interim vice president for student affairs, University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh announced today.

Zacker, who has worked at Maryland since 1988, currently oversees the areas of fraternity and sorority life, the Adele H. Stamp Student Union and University Recreation and Wellness His responsibilities include assessment and student learning outcomes, hazing prevention, child abuse and neglect procedures, and sexual assault prevention and awareness.

Vice President for Student Affairs Linda Clement will retire on Aug. 16 after 45 years at UMD, first as a graduate student and then a staffer, including the last 18 in her current post. She has overseen the growth of living-learning programs, construction and renovation of several residence halls, an award-winning program for student veterans and many other programs to enhance learning, safety, well-being and inclusiveness for students, Loh said.

“Linda makes everybody, and especially students, feel special,” he said. “And, she has assembled an exceptional senior staff in student affairs with the same commitment to supporting our students' academic, social and personal growth during their time at the University of Maryland. I cannot thank her enough for her many years of dedicated and outstanding service.”

The university has retained Witt/Kieffer, a search firm with experience in the student affairs area, to assist in a national search, with an aim of bringing finalists to campus by early September, Loh said.

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