Jeff Grabill ’91 will be joining the University of Leeds in England as its new Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education.
“I’m excited to join an institution so clearly leading in educational transformation,” said Grabill, who will be joining the school in August.
Grabill currently serves as Michigan State University’s Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, where he is a professor of rhetoric and professional writing. He is also responsible for facilitating innovation in learning via his role as Director of the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology. He has worked at the university since 2012.
While at Wabash, Grabill majored in English and was a member of Sigma Chi.
Fairwinds Counseling Center in Nantucket, Massachusetts, has recently named Jason Bridges ’98 as its new executive director. He joins the agency in this role in September.
“I echo what our community feels when I say how grateful I am that Fairwinds is here to serve the critical needs of Nantucket’s residents,” Bridges said in a report by The Inquirer and Mirror. “I am thrilled to do my part along with the dedicated Fairwinds team to build on such a rich legacy of service, and work collaboratively to deepen how this unique mission integrates into our island’s safety net.”
Bridges is the vice chair of the Nantucket Select Board, former owner of the Handlebar Café, and founder of Nantucket Bike Tours. For the past year, he has served as the interim executive director of the Maria Mitchell Association.
“After a national search which yielded numerous candidates, we found just who we were looking for right here on Nantucket,” said Ann Smith, Fairwinds search committee and board vice chair. “Jason’s experience, community engagement, and compassion made him rise to the top of the list of candidates.”
While at Wabash, Bridges majored in psychology and minored in chemistry. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi, the basketball team and worked at the WNDY radio station.
Rob Love ’05 was recently named as Michigan City Area Schools’ new Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He assumed the role on May 3.
Love will lead the district’s efforts to sustain a culture of equity and inclusion for all students, according to a report by The Times of Northwest Indiana. Over the past two years, the school has been intently focused on these issues, working in partnership with the National Equity Project to build a framework for equitable access to opportunities that support the district’s strategic plan and mission.
Previously, Love served as the Founding Dean of Culture for Vanguard Collegiate of Indianapolis, Dean of Students for Carpe Diem Indiana Innovative Schools, and Director of School Services for the Indiana Charter School Network. He also was a Policy and Research Specialist for the Indiana Department of Education, where he served as Director of the Teacher Incentive Fund.
“We’re pleased to welcome Rob to our district,” MCAS Associate Superintendent Wendel McCollum said in a news release. “He will be closely examining data on student achievement, attendance, involvement, and discipline, helping us to identify and address gaps. He will also lead professional development and recruitment initiatives that will in turn benefit our students.”
Love has a bachelor degree in history, specializing in teacher education from Wabash College and a law degree from the Valparaiso University School of Law. While at Wabash, he was an independent, a member of the Student Senate, Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies, Young Democrats and the football and track teams.
Love said his work with Michigan City Area Schools will be guided by listening and collaboration, and he will be meeting with and surveying students, staff, families and the community.
“I want to ensure that all voices are heard, so we can truly equip our students for success and make sure everyone is comfortable in our spaces,” he said. “I’m excited about making MCAS my new home, and am excited to get started with this important work.”
Jacob Isaacs ’99 has been selected by the University of Minnesota at Crookston to serve as the new Director of Student Success and Academic Advising.
Issacs will be working with programs in student success, academic advising, tutoring, multicultural education, career services, and first-year experience.
He has worked as an education researcher, higher education administrator, and consultant throughout his career, previously serving as the Assistant Director of Student Life Residential Education Research and Communication at Purdue University. He worked at the university since 2014.
While at Wabash, Issacs was an independent who majored in speech and minored in history with specializations in business. He was a member of the Student Senate, The Bachelor newspaper and worked at the WNDY radio station.
Along with his family, Issacs will be transitioning to the Crookston, Minnesota area in mid-summer 2021.