Lee Hall, director of first-year experiences and student disability services coordinator, retired Friday, Oct. 31.
Hall announced her retirement Oct. 1.
Hall, who came to OCU in 2009 as the assistant director of student life, will continue working Tuesdays and Thursdays until her position is filled to make sure services still are provided for students. During that time, Hall will continue to office in Room 438 in Clara E. Jones Administration Building.
Hall also coordinated sorority recruitment from 2010-13, and helped colonize the newest sorority, Phi Mu, while acting as director of student life.
Officials said Hall’s position will be posted soon and human resources officials will work in conjunction with the provost’s office to fill it.
“Lee will be hard to replace, not just because of the outstanding employee and advocate for OCU and OCU students that she was, but also because her unique abilities allowed her to be not only our first year experience coordinator for several years, but more recently she has taken on the role of coordinator of student disability services,” said Kent Buchanan, assistant provost and professor of biology.
Hall became disability services director in January 2014 when the function moved to academic affairs.
Hall said she thought about retiring since her husband, Rick Hall, retired from his post as vice president for student affairs in June. Hall said she wanted to wait until the least disruptive time to retire. This time of the year allows for a smoother transition for administration and students, she said.
President Robert Henry said Thursday that he was unaware Hall was retiring, but said he assumed it was due to her husband’s retirement.
“I imagine they want to spend more time together,” Henry said. “Lee has done fabulous work here, and I certainly wish her the best.”
Liz Donnelly, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, refused to comment Thursday.
Susan Barber, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Colbi Beam, assistant director for student development, were unavailable Thursday for comment.
“I am grateful I have had the opportunity to be a part of the OCU community for the last five and a half years,” Hall said. “I have really enjoyed getting to know and work with all of the faculty, staff and students.”