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Celestino Limas has announced his decision to resign as vice president for campus life and senior diversity officer effective Sept. 1 and will be succeeded in the post by Annette Diorio, President Daniel H. Weiss informed the campus community today by email.

The first person to serve as vice president for campus life and senior diversity officer, Limas assumed the newly created position July 1, 2011. In addition to leading the College’s diversity and inclusion efforts, he oversaw student life programs, residence life, fraternity and sorority life, counseling services, health services, religious life, recreation services, and student conduct. He also spent much of his time leading key institution-wide committees and nurturing faculty collaborations with the Division of Campus Life.

Weiss said, “During the past year Celestino has accomplished a great deal, including service as Chair of the Implementation and Assessment Group on Greek Life, spearheading the effort to invest significant operational and human resources towards the College’s diversity and inclusion efforts, leading in the creation of Living Learning Communities as a significant enhancement to the College’s residential life programs, the creation of the College’s first Diversity Advisory Committee, and this summer overseeing the Alcohol Policies and Procedures Review Group. He has been an energetic and deeply engaged presence on our campus, contributing to our community in myriad ways. I am grateful to Celestino for his service to Lafayette and to my administration.”

Limas will be taking the year to spend much-needed time with his family. In a message to the campus community he said, “I will always hold a special place in my heart for Lafayette and look forward to spending this academic year with my family as community members on College Hill enjoying all that campus has to offerjust from a different perspective.”

Diorio has agreed to serve a two-year term as vice president for campus life and senior diversity officer. She served as the College’s dean of students in 2010-11, overseeing student conduct, residence life, intercultural development, religious life, and the Landis Community Outreach Center, among other responsibilities. She joined the College in 2000. Prior to her appointment as dean of students, she served five years as associate dean of students and was assistant dean before that. She also served as director of residence life for nine years. Since Jan. 1, she has served as senior operations manager in the Division of Finance and Administration.

Her experience at Lafayette includes developing and teaching a First-Year Seminar on college students in America and a course on the availability and consumption of foods in the United States and the world in the VAST (Values and Science/Technology) seminar series for sophomores. In 2006, she received Lafayette’s Cyrus R. Fleck Jr. ’52 Administrator of the Year Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the campus community. She has more than 20 years’ professional experience in higher education.

“Annette has had a major impact in the division of campus life as dean of students and in other roles,” Weiss said. “Her service to the Collegeincluding service on a wide variety of committeesand, especially, to our students, has been exemplary.”

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