Trio of long-term staff members retired in June

by Frankie Olito / Beacon Staff • September 6, 2012

Staff members Neil Davin, Marc Hamilton, and Lance Olson retired from the Emerson community this summer.
The three retirees left Emerson after decades of work in their high-ranking positions, said Andrew Tiedemann, vice president of communications and marketing.
A graduate of the Emerson class of 1972, Neil Davin began working at the college in 1979 in the registrar’s office. In 1999, he created the IT Help Desk and assumed the title of director of technology support services, said Tiedemann, vice president of communications and marketing. In this role, he managed media services and lab operations. Davin retired at the end of June after 33 years of employment.  
“The best part was being a member of a community united by its love of communication and the arts,” Davin said in an interview with the Beacon. “The people were simply the best, and I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with them for so many years.”
Hamilton also worked at Emerson for three decades prior to his retirement last June, according to Tiedemann.
As associate vice president of property management, Hamilton supervised each building and facility on campus. It was Hamilton’s duty to ensure each building worked properly and was kept up to date, Tiedemann said.
“Rain or shine, 24/7, if there was a building or maintenance issue, Marc was on campus helping to find solutions,” said Tiedemann.
Jay Phillips is filling Hamilton’s position, according to Emerson property management’s website.
Olson — who also retired from his position in june— was the manager of the Cutler Majestic Theatre for 19 years and associate director of ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage. While manager, Olson oversaw the installation of the digital marquee and the creation of the Majestic Master series, according to Tiedemann.
“For me, Lance has been a constant source of wisdom, institutional memory, and a strategic partner in programming ArtsEmerson. His enormous scope and generosity helped to anchor the new Office of the Arts,” said Tiedemann. “We could never have launched our public programs without his steady hand and dedication as a graduate dean.”