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Emerson College’s only independent, student-run newspaper since 1947

The Berkeley Beacon

Erik Muurisepp, campus life official who steered college through pandemic, to depart at end of month

Alec Klusza
Erik Muurisepp sits at his desk on the fourth floor of the Walker Building.

Erik Müürisepp, the college’s associate vice president for campus life, will be accepting the position of vice president and dean of students at Curry College in Milton, according to a Tuesday announcement. 

While expressing excitement for Müürisepp’s new opportunity, Jim Hoppe, vice president and dean for campus life, described his departure as “a loss of his impactful leadership, innovative thinking, and genuine care for students.”

Müürisepp joined Emerson College nine years ago as associate dean and director of housing & residence life, and his role expanded over time to encompass other aspects of student life on campus. He oversaw student housing, community standards, new student orientation, off-campus student services, student engagement and leadership, and student accessibility services. 

Other notable contributions mentioned include ushering the construction and renovation of residence halls and dining facilities, introducing the concept of 172 Tremont Street, establishing the Office of Student Engagement & Leadership and New Student Transitions and Family Programs, and implementing valuable student support initiatives such as the care and support team. 

Müürisepp also played a key role in leading the college through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic as the college’s “COVID Czar.”

The staff in the division of student affairs are actively working to fill Müürisepp’s role, and an interim management plan is expected to be shared with the division members soon. 

Questions typically addressed to Müürisepp can now be directed to Hoppe, or Paula Mangiaratti, senior administrative associate for the division.

A reception/roast honoring Muurisepp’s contributions will take place on Thursday, July 20, preceding his departure on Friday, July 21st. The event will go on, from 3-5 p.m. in the Private Dining Center located on the basement level of the Walker Building.

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Shannon Andera Garrido Berges (she/her) currently serves as editor-in-chief, formerly she managed global content and covers news centered around the Caribbean. Her interests include Dominican politics, pop culture, and environmental reporting. She is an undergrad at Emerson College, majoring in Journalism.

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