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President’s Office Changes
The President’s Office recently announced changes to two administrative positions. Patrice DeCoster, who serves as executive assistant to the president, now also has the title of deputy chief of staff, supporting both President Shirley Ann Jackson and Chief of Staff Laban Coblentz. In addition to DeCoster’s current duties, she will assist with the coordination and tracking of performance planning initiatives, and develop and implement procedures and administrative controls that will strengthen and improve communications with the Office of the President.

DeCoster will assist the chief of staff in coordinating the activities of the president’s office staff, and coordinating and tracking the work of the President’s Executive Cabinet on Institute strategic priorities and the president’s priorities and objectives.

Theresa Hobbs, who was executive assistant to the board of trustees, is now executive coordinator for board of trustee affairs. In addition to her responsibilities to the board, Hobbs will serve as assistant secretary of the Institute. In this capacity, she will perform a full range of advanced administrative duties in the Office of the President. She will assist the secretary of the Institute and general counsel in the maintenance of the official books, papers, records, correspondence, and documents belonging to Rensselaer, maintaining centralized files of all institutional legal agreements and official copies of all approved Institute policies.

She also will serve as a resource for the Institute’s policies and procedures, county, state, and federal regulations and its accreditation requirements, and will also provide administrative support in the preparation of agreements, contracts, and legal agreements, and ensure all documents meet standards with regard to form and substance.

“We’re really fortunate to have both of these individuals," said Laban Coblentz, chief of staff. "Pat is the tireless behind-the-scenes operator who pours herself into making everything ‘tick’ in the Office of the President, from managing high-profile interactions to coordinating schedules and juggling a dizzying array of priorities. And I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Theresa in operation with the Board of Trustees, always professional, always cool under pressure, whether the question at hand is a point of protocol, an issue of political sensitivity, or the need to increase understanding about a particular function within the Institute. I’m proud to have them both on our team.”
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