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Cissy Petty has been the first permanent leader of the Colonial Health Center for over three years.
Officials will not seek a new executive director of the Colonial Health Center as vice president of student affairs and dean of students, Cissy Petty taking on the centre’s permanent leadership, Petty said in an email.
Following the abrupt departure of Glenn Egelman, director of the CHC in 2017, Petty took on the responsibilities of leading the CHC on a temporary basis as officials sought a new permanent director. Petty has now said she will continue to run the center in the future, focusing on engaging with staff members and providing health services to students.
“As a practical leader who advocates for the well-being of our students, I will continue to lead the center,” Petty said in the email. “In this role, I am able to learn more about the issues directly from the dedicated staff at the center, who continue to provide excellent comprehensive care to our students. “
Petty said she spent the 2018-19 academic year chatting with students and families to hear their feedback on the experiences they expected from a “full” health facility. She said she also spoke to CHC staff about the services available to students.
Petty said while she was the temporary chief of the CHC, she hired Jessica Parrillo to head the counseling and psychology department. Services and established a new health care facility on the Mount Vernon campus. She said she also expanded the hours of operation of the CSC on weekends and increased telehealth and virtual counseling options during the pandemic.
Petty added that the CHC has a “great team” in place with Parrillo as director of CAPS and Isabel Goldenberg leading medical services.
“These two leaders continue to manage the day-to-day operations of the center and have helped guide our students through the last 18 months of the pandemic,” said Petty.