History of the UF Division of Student Affairs - Page 22

22 Presidents of the first five national sororities at UF: Margaret Anderson, Alpha Omicron Pi; Sylvia Shaw, Chi Omega; Jo Laura Craft, Alpha Delta Pi; Mary Frances Helms, Delta Delta Delta; and Mrs. Elizabeth Conant Deen, Kappa Delta Photo Credit: UF Archives Digital Collection installed in 1948. Six more sororities were installed in 1949. By September 1966, there were 13 sorority chapters, all in new houses built on revenue certificates. Prior to his retirement Summer 1947, President Tigert reorganized the Dean of Students Office. He believed that not enough was being done concerning “student personnel” problems. He arranged for an external review of student services which resulted in a thirty-page report citing the need for additional facilities and personnel. President Tigert’s response to the external review report was to add a “professionally-trained Dean of Students.” Then Dean of Students Beaty became Dean of Men and the first Dean of Women, Marna Brady, was hired Fall 1947. By April 1948, Dr. Max Wise was hired as Dean of Student Personnel. The Dean of Men and Dean of Women positions as well as other student services departments reported to Dr. Wise. For the most part, the Dean of Student Personnel position was a precursor to what would eventually become the Vice President for Student Affairs position. Dr. Wise had recently completed his doctoral work at Columbia University majoring in student personnel services in the College of Education. Per the 1948 UF Constitution, the duties of the Office of the Dean of Student Personnel were “to administer a program of orientation of new students in conjunction with the Registrar, the University College and the student government organizations; to act as chairman of the Committee on Residence Halls & Off-Campus Housing; to act as coordinator of H i st o ry o f t h e U F D S A