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Columbia Spectator Staff

Rebecca Grabiner, Barnard's newly announced first-year class dean, will only have to move a few blocks when she takes over in June.

In an email sent to Barnard students Tuesday morning, Dean of Studies and Senior Class Dean Natalie Friedman said that Grabiner—the former associate dean of List College and director of the Program in Jewish Professional Leadership at the Graduate School at Jewish Theological Seminary—will assume the position on June 23.

"She brings over ten years of expertise in student affairs and academic administration to this position," Friedman said in the email. "She has served hundreds of students with great distinction."

Grabiner, a graduate from the JTS/Columbia MA/MSW program at the School of Social Work, has also worked at Duke University, Long Island University, and Swarthmore, Haverford, and Bryn Mawr colleges.

Grabiner will take over for current First-Year Class Dean Lisa Hollibaugh, whose move into the newly created position of dean of international and global strategy was announced in January.

In Tuesday's email to students, Friedman thanked Hollibaugh for her service as first-year class dean for nearly eight years.

"Many students and faculty colleagues will attest to the calm, poise, professionalism, and warmth that Lisa has brought to the role, and I know that I personally will miss her smiling presence in our office on a daily basis," Friedman said.

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