Moves With a Mission

By moving key offices, services, and programs this summer, Rollins aims to better serve students and deliver on the College’s mission.

(Photo by Scott Cook) (Photo by Scott Cook)

When students return this fall, they’ll set foot on a campus that’s been restructured to strengthen Rollins’ commitment to community engagement, global citizenship, and social innovation.

Starting June 23, several staff and faculty offices will be relocated throughout campus in an effort to better deliver on the College’s mission to educate students for global citizenship and responsible leadership. In all, 67 staff and faculty members are moving.

“We are implementing the first wave of our strategic framework, which was recently endorsed by the Board of Trustees,” says Susan Singer, vice president for academic affairs and provost. “Through co-location of several key offices, we are energizing our commitment to community engagement, global citizenship, and social innovation.”

The biggest change is taking place at the heart of campus in the Mills Building, which will now house the offices of International Programs, International Student & Scholar Services, and External & Competitive Scholarships, as well as the Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub and the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement. The Department of Business & Social Entrepreneurship will also move to Mills, and Community Standards & Responsibility will move into space previously used by Accessibility Services. 

“This plan allows greater collaboration around mission-driven efforts that link campus and community through social change,” says Micki Meyer, Lord Family Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. “Students will have access to these resources in one space, which will help them build stronger connections with their peers. In addition, co-location of programs will enhance faculty and staff partnerships and relationships, with the goals of more synergy and sharing of resources.”

As Rollins students become increasingly passionate about putting their education into action, the College is committed to connecting their interdisciplinary coursework with campus and community involvement in unique, sustainable, and progressive ways.

Moving the Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub to Mills, for instance, will not only provide greater visibility and growth options, it will also yield increased opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to engage in human-centered design thinking and innovation.

For Giselda Beaudin, director of international programs, the restructuring enhances existing relationships.

“I’m excited about sharing a building with CLCE and social innovation since we work closely with these areas,” she says. “And being next to the Office of External & Competitive Scholarships will be great because so many of our study-abroad alumni apply for those awards.”

To more effectively serve students, the Bursar’s Office, the Registrar’s Office, Holt advisors, and support staff for faculty advising will co-locate in a new transactional hub on the second floor of Carnegie. This one-stop shop will provide College of Liberal Arts and Holt students with easy access and time savings. 

The following buildings will also welcome new residents:

  • International House Fraternity & Sorority Life will move from Mills to International House, putting the office in close proximity to the majority of Rollins’ fraternities and sororities.
  • Olin Library Accessibility Services is moving to the first floor of the library to better accommodate students, including those with motor impairment.
  • Warren Building Deans from the College of Liberal Arts and the Hamilton Holt School will move to the second floor of Warren, next to Cahall-Sandspur Field, along with the offices of Grants and Contracts, Corporate and Foundation Relations, and the Vice President for Institutional Advancement.
  • Troutman Building Human Resources is moving to the Troutman Building, which is located a block from campus at the corner of Fairbanks and New York avenues.

"Stop by Mills and savor the buzz of activity as we develop responsible leaders and global citizens, prepared to lead meaningful lives," Singer says.