Smith College Names New Director of Career Development Office
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Having spent the past decade helping college students determine their post-graduation plans, Stacie Hagenbaugh will soon lead that charge at Smith College as the director of the Career Development Office (CDO).
Hagenbaugh, who will begin at Smith on July 18, is currently director of the Office of Career Services at Emerson College in Boston. She will succeed CDO Interim Director Jane Sommer.
“Stacie has just the right combination of professional experience, creativity and energy to take Smith's outstanding Career Development Office to the next level of excellence,” said Maureen Mahoney, dean of the college. “She stood out among a field of strong candidates."
At Smith College, Hagenbaugh will head an office dedicated to providing individualized service in the areas of internship and summer planning, job search strategies, career assessment, successful interviewing techniques, and graduate and professional school planning. The Career Development Office also provides lifelong services to alumnae.
A graduate of Douglass College, the women’s college at Rutgers University, Hagenbaugh earned a master’s of education with a concentration in human development and psychology from Harvard University.
“As an alumna of a women's college, I have always held a strong and deeply rooted passion for women’s education and leadership,” said Hagenbaugh. “Being able to dovetail my personal and professional interests was an offer I couldn’t refuse.”
Hagenbaugh started at Emerson College in 1997 as an assistant director and internship coordinator. Five years ago, she transitioned to director of the six-member office. While at Emerson, she advised graduate and undergraduate students on career and professional development issues and facilitated workshops and programs on a wide range of career development and industry topics. Hagenbaugh also served as a member of the Emerson College Strategic Planning Committee.
Prior to joining Emerson, Hagenbaugh served as a career counselor at the Boston University School of Management, and performed that work among other duties as executive director of the national non-profit organization Women’s Information Network in Washington, D.C.
“My decision to join the Smith community was simple and easy: I fell in love with the tremendous commitment the Smith staff and faculty have to the students and their success and to the vibrant and stimulating environment the college nurtures,” Hagenbaugh said.
Smith College is consistently ranked among the nation’s foremost liberal arts colleges. Enrolling 2,800 students from every state and 60 other countries, Smith is the largest undergraduate women’s college in the country.
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