leaves the college
Tom Brookey has served Antioch College since before it became operational in its most recent reincarnation.
was the college's business, operations, finance, information and HR director before those positions were officially created.
preceded College President Mark Roosevelt, and he
wore more hats than just about anyone to help bring the college back to life, according to Andi Adkins, Antioch's current vice-president of finance.
After five years of dedicated and broadly scoped work, Brookey
resigned from the college last month, going quietly and unexpectedly but not without note.
helped get the new college off the ground and helped it to grow by being willing to step up wherever he was needed," Adkins said.
did not return calls for comment last week, and colleagues were notified of his
leaving via email.
departure as one of the college's 14 senior leadership members means another new face will soon be added to an administrative team that has welcomed four new people and three newly formed positions over the past year.
Adkins herself took over Brookey's former finance job about a year ago, Lori Collins-Hall came in as vice-president for academic affairs, Hassan Rahmanian stepped out of that position to take on the role of dean of global education, Jennifer Jolls became vice-president for external relations, Luis Rosa came in as dean of community life, and Mila Cooper was recently named the new director of the Coretta Scott King Center.
The college is currently engaged in a search for a chief human relations officer to replace Brookey
, who supervised one other position.
Brookey joined the college staff in January 2010, when Matt Derr was still acting president of an institution that had just reopened the year before and still had a year and a half before welcoming its first class of students.
Brookey started as chief financial officer but was constantly adding or filling in responsibilities as needed, serving, for instance, as liaison for legal matters, negotiating vendor contracts, overseeing construction projects, and creating and managing an IT department.
With personnel, Brookey
also hired and supported the development of employees and helped to launch a student employment program.
"When we replace Tom
, it will be with someone with a different skill set."