On August 20, there will be a big void in our Student Affairs’ office. Josh Cooper, who has served as Associate Director for Student Affairs, is leaving to become Director of Undergraduate Student Affairs and Course Administration at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Josh joined our office in 2005. Before I interviewed Josh, I thought, “Oh dear; I wonder if he is another lawyer who just wants to escape from practice.” Happily, my fears were unfounded. From day one, Josh demonstrated a passion for helping students and building community. Whether he was working with SGA and other student groups; helping journals plan symposia; counseling a student who was worried about grades; or navigating the crazy Boston bureaucracy to make the 5K race happen, Josh always approached his work with professionalism, enthusiasm, and compassion. He is irreplacable in so many ways, including coming up with the best trivia questions for Pub Trivia Night!
Josh clearly loves working with students, and his new position is a great opportunity for him to pursue his passion. He leaves very big shoes to fill! So, a BIG thank you to Josh for all that you have done. The school is a better place for your having been here.