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Byron Howlett to leave La Verne

Housing director takes a position at Cal Poly Pomona.

Michael Escañuelas
Arts Editor

The University of La Verne’s beloved director of Housing and Residential Life Byron Howlett will be leaving the University after eight years of service.

Howlett, who is also the assistant dean of student affairs, began working for ULV in 2002.

He will be moving to a new position at Cal Poly Pomona as the interim director for the Office of Student Life and Cultural Centers.

“After much consideration I knew that it was a good opportunity,” Howlett said. “It’s exciting to try something new.”

Howlett, who previously worked at Cal Poly until 2000, was asked to fill the recently opened position at the school because of his extensive experience in working with Student Life here.

After 20 years of working with housing and student life, Howlett has extensive experience working with students and the housing department. In his long career working for various schools, Howlett, who is also a ULV alumnus, mentions that La Verne has something special over other schools.

“I love what La Verne stands for,” Howlett said. “It’s our students that gave me pause.”

Last year the housing department received two awards, the Pacific Association of College and University Residence Hall Governments award for “Best School of the Year” and the resident assistant regional leadership conference “Best School of the Year” award – a feat that has never been accomplished by one school in the same year, Howlett said.

“He started a number of programs,” said Eugene Shang, associate director of housing.
“His departure will definitely be felt not only in housing but also campus wide.”

During his time at ULV, Howlett was promoted to a second task, as assistant dean of Student Affairs, close to two years ago.

In addition to that, he was in charge of making sure that the Division of Student Affairs and any other program within that department were prepared for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges assessment of the school. This promotion gave Howlett the opportunity to take his knowledge and apply it to the challenge of an assesment.

His advancement was the work of current Dean of Student Affairs Loretta Rahmani, who encouraged Howlett’s recent departure because of the great opportunities it would bring.
“He’s an advocate for our students,” Rahmani said.

“He always gave his input. He never held back, but he always chose his words wisely. I’m very sad to see him leave,” she added.

The impact of Howlett’s work can be seen not only in the awards of his department, but also in the students that work with him.

“He was a really great asset to the La Verne campus and he will be greatly missed,” said Chalena Robertson, a sophomore communications major who works with Howlett.

“This is my first semester and he already seems like a great guy,” said James Van Voorhis, a freshman computer science major. “I’m sorry I never got to know him better.”

With his departure from ULV Howlett is confident that he is leaving the department in good hands.

“I would not leave if I didn’t believe that,” Howlett said.

A farewell reception will be held for Howlett today at 9:30 a.m. in the President’s Dining Room to bid him good luck in his future endeavors.

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