So, every college house at Penn has a House Dean, who lives in an apartment in the house, and oversees the staff (they are in charge of a million other things, too). Fisher Hassenfeld’s House Dean is April Herring, who you will surely get to know during your time living here. Before you meet her in person, here is some background info:
April Herring has a Masters Degree in Student Personnel and a BA in Communications. She is currently working on her EdD in Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania and is specializing in Higher Education History. Prior to coming to Penn April had 17 years of progressive higher education administration experience, most recently as the Director of Housing and Residence Life at Philadelphia University. She also owns her own consulting and training company, GroupWorks which she founded in 2002, and has presented and consulted at a variety of businesses ranging from Fortune 500 to non-profits and Colleges and Universities.
She is a member of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, ASHE, NASPA and ACPA. Herring has held an adjunct professor position at both LaSalle University and Penn, teaching interpersonal communication, public speaking, small group communication, and professional development in engineering. Currently at Penn she has taught the History of Higher Education in the Graduate School of Education. She has trained residential staff on ethics, diversity awareness, conflict mediation, crisis management, learning style theory, classism, and group dynamics.