This morning I sent the following announcement to faculty and staff at Wesleyan. I am so grateful to Jeanine for her ongoing commitment to film and to Wesleyan. I look forward to working with her in this new capacity.
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jeanine Basinger, Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, to the position of Special Advisor to the President effective September 1, 2018. As she prepares to retire from Wesleyan, she will work closely with me on matters relating to Wesleyan Film, cultivating partnerships with organizations like the American Film Institute; conducting master classes and workshops; and supporting fundraising for the expansion of the Center for Film Studies. Though Jeanine is stepping away from full-time teaching, she will continue her service to the Ogden and Mary Louise Reid Cinema Archives and offer support to Scott Higgins, the Charles W. Fries Professor of Film Studies and the continuing director of the College of Film and the Moving Image. In her time at Wesleyan, Jeanine founded and built one of the most admired film programs in the world. She will now devote her time to helping me secure the future of her legacy. Please join me in congratulating Jeanine Basinger on her new position as Special Advisor to the President.