A version of this article appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of Erikson on Children under the headline "Happy trails." More from this issue

Jeanne Lockridge, vice president for planning and enrollment, is retiring March 31 after 13 years of dedicated service to the Erikson community.

She joined Erikson in 2001 as the dean of enrollment management shortly after the Institute was accredited to grant its own degrees, and was responsible for professionalizing Erikson’s recruitment efforts, financial aid program, and student services. Her efforts, along with the efforts of many other faculty and staff members, have helped Erikson nearly triple the size of its student body since 2001.

Her most significant achievement was overseeing the construction of Erikson’s state-of-the-art campus in Chicago’s River North neighborhood — the first campus Erikson has ever owned. Working closely with trustees, faculty, staff, and architecture firm Gensler, Lockridge managed the entire process from site selection to design and furnishings.

Reflections on Lockridge’s service to Erikson

“We at Erikson will greatly miss Jeanne, her deep institutional knowledge, and her ability to get things done,” wrote President Geoffrey A. Nagle in an email to Erikson faculty and staff announcing Lockridge’s retirement. “Not a day has passed since I started here that I haven’t had someone tell me how Jeanne built [Erikson’s campus] building and/or what an invaluable leader she is at Erikson.”

Fran Stott, professor and former dean, calls Lockridge the “best hire I ever made.” “I always knew that I and the entire Institute could count on Jeanne,” says Stott. “Her energy, enthusiasm, extraordinary adeptness at completing projects, and true love for Erikson were an amazing combination. Jeanne was a fabulous partner in all things.”

About Lockridge

In her current position as vice president, Lockridge directs the Offices of Enrollment Management, Communications, and Institutional Research and is the Institute’s disability services, compliance, and accreditation officer. She played an integral role in the development of Erikson’s new Master of Social Work program, which will launch this fall, and at one time she also directed Erikson’s human resources, information technology, facilities, and strategic planning efforts.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with such a great group of people over the last 13 years and to contribute to Erikson’s significant growth,” says Lockridge. “There’s an unusual degree of commitment we share to our work and to the children and families we serve.”

Prior to joining Erikson, Lockridge worked with higher education and other nonprofit organizations in a variety of capacities, including marketing, enrollment management, and communications.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature at Indiana University, master’s degree and doctorate in English literature at Harvard University, and master’s degree in nonprofit management at Northwestern University.