Bravo’s Departure Surprises Student Body

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Bravo’s Departure Surprises Student Body

Assistant Dean Milton Bravo leaves administrative responsibilities to pursue a Fordham doctorate degree. (JOE ROVEGNO/THE OBSERVER)

Assistant Dean Milton Bravo leaves administrative responsibilities to pursue a Fordham doctorate degree. (JOE ROVEGNO/THE OBSERVER)

Assistant Dean Milton Bravo leaves administrative responsibilities to pursue a Fordham doctorate degree. (JOE ROVEGNO/THE OBSERVER)

Assistant Dean Milton Bravo leaves administrative responsibilities to pursue a Fordham doctorate degree. (JOE ROVEGNO/THE OBSERVER)

By GABE SAMANDI, Asst. News Editor

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Students who were registered for classes with Milton Bravo, a professor in the theology department and assistant dean for juniors and transfer students, were surprised this week to find their professor replaced.

Bravo, who had a strong presence in the lives of juniors and transfer students at the Lincoln Center campus, had been speaking with Fordham’s administration about pursuing a doctorate degree.

“After much consultation with my family, I resigned from my position as Assistant Dean,” Bravo expressed to the Observer in an email. “During the spring semester, I will be devoting full-time to the completion of my doctoral studies and my dissertation.”

According to Dr. Frederick Wertz, interim dean of Fordham Lincoln Center, Bravo’s departure was a point of much conversation in the administrative office. In support of Bravo’s career decision, it was agreed his responsibilities could be divided among the remaining administrative staff until a replacement is found.

“We at Fordham have very personal relationships,” Wertz said. The matter of Bravo’s departure was seen as “a personal journey among the staff,” causing these discussions to remain under wraps before the spring semester began. The administrative community was concerned about the “wellbeing and privacy” of Bravo as he made his career decision.

For his part, Bravo expressed his gratitude for his experiences at Fordham. “I would like to thank my colleagues in the Dean’s office for their support and encouragement during this transition,” he wrote. “It has been a wonderful experience to serve the university community during the last five years. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my time at Fordham.”

However, some confusion arose among students during the decision-making process. According to reports from spring orientation leaders, new transfer students went through a significant period of no communication with the dean’s offices and faced unanswered questions before the announcement of Bravo’s departure.

While the decision for Bravo to cease working for the university came abruptly for some students, Wertz was careful to express that “unanticipated changes in professional life can be positive.” Both Bravo and Wertz expressed that they look forward to working together and that Bravo is “still very much a part of the Fordham Family.”  During this transitional period, Bravo reminds students that “above all, I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to serve FCLC students.”