Director of business services to resign after 13 years at college

by Frankie Olito / Beacon Staff • September 13, 2012

Andrew Mahoney will resign from his position as director of business services on Sept. 28, according to an email to Emerson faculty and staff sent by Jay Phillips, associate vice president for facilities and campus services.

After 13 years at the college, Mahoney said he is leaving Emerson to become an independent contractor and consultant. Since most of Emerson resources and development are focused on the construction of the Los Angeles program, Mahoney said there is nothing left for him to do in Boston.

“Everything that needed to be done from my perspective has been accomplished. The last piece of the puzzle has been placed,” he said in an interview with the Beacon.

While at Emerson, Mahoney planned the relocation of the Barnes & Noble Bookstore from the Little Building to Boylston, the mailroom in the Colonial Building, and the Print and Copy Center. He also oversaw the expansion of the Emerson Cafe and administered the Summer Conference program, a co-op opportunity where he worked with students, according to Phillips’ email. 

Mahoney said his hardest obstacle while at Emerson was accommodating the rising number of students admitted to the college. 

“The biggest challenge was to meet the need of a rapidly expanding college,” he said. “We had to go from relativity small to a relatively large size.”

According to Phillips, Mahoney also helped to expand the businesses on campus.

“Andy’s introduction of industry standard best practices from his many years of experience in an academic setting became a critical part of the growth and enhancement of the business units that he successfully managed,” said Phillips in the email.

No one has been chosen to fill the position yet, according to Phillips.

Mahoney said he owes his decision to start his own business to the energy and drive of the students at Emerson. 

“They’re energized, they’re focused, they mean business, so they inspired me. I don’t need to sit here on my hands. I don’t want to succumb to boredom. I want to feel like I have some energy,” he said. “If they can do it, I can do it too. Why settle? Why not do something more risky?”