Director of Counseling Center fired last month

by Evan Sporer / Beacon Staff • December 17, 2011

Cheryl Rosenthal, who served as the director of Emerson’s Counseling Center for more than six years, was fired from the college Nov. 21.

Rosenthal said the decision was strictly administrative and did not involve any of her patients on campus. But, she said the unanticipated ending to her career at Emerson left her disappointed in the school’s actions.

“I know why they made the decision that they did, but there was no warning for me,” she said in a phone interview. “I had an unblemished record.”

Emerson’s Human Resources department, which oversees all terminations, could not be reached for comment after multiple attempts, but Vice President of Public Affairs Andrew Tiedemann confirmed via email that Rosenthal is no longer employed by the college.

He declined to provide further information about her departure.

News of Rosenthal’s dismissal comes on the heels of the firing of Director of Public Safety George Noonan earlier this week, the reasons for which were also undisclosed.

Rosenthal began working at Emerson in 2001. She spent two years as a staff psychologist, followed by two years as the head of training in the center, before spending the last six years as director.

Rosenthal said she plans to open her own full-time private practice, and expressed her emotions about leaving Emerson.

“I would say that I’m just incredibly sad,” said Rosenthal. “I understand that administrative decisions like this get made, but it’s just very unfortunate, mostly because I just didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to students I was working with in the counseling center, and my staff.”

Rosenthal said she had been counseling a number of students up until her termination. She said her patients were notified of her dismissal and given the option to seek help from another therapist.

Patricia Callahan, who was serving as the Associate Director of the Counseling Center, will now serve as the interim-director.

[Patricia] is really phenomenal, the counseling center is in good hands with her,” said Rosenthal.