Thursday March 17 marked the last day of work at Castleton for Dean of Administration Bill Allen. Allen is transferring to Wesleyan in North Carolina to work as the Vice President of Enrollment. Replacing Allen, who has worked actively at Castleton for the past 11 years, will be Scott Dikeman. “There is only one problem I found when hiring Scott Dikeman,” said President Dave Wolk. “Like Bill Allen, he’s a Yankee fan.”
Dikeman, who was born and raised in Vermont, was acquainted with President Wolk at a very young age.
“He was my Mighty Might’s baseball coach when I was around 9 or 10-best coach I’ve ever had,” said Dikeman.
The duo later reconnected when working at the Factory Point Bank where Dikeman was the vice president and Wolk served as one of the board of directors.
Although Dikeman was the only candidate to fill Allen’s position, Wolk said he knew that he was the right man for the job.
“Scott is very well respected in the Rutland area,” said Wolk.
Dikeman has a long successful career in financial management, serving as the vice president of the Merchants Bank and Factory Point National Bank.
However, Wolk noted that he had proven himself the most as director of the Spartan Arena in Rutland.
“After working as the director of the Spartan arena for about 16 months, when I saw the job opportunity, I knew I had to take it,” said Dikeman. “It’s a great chance to be more involved with the college on a much deeper level. I have never worked in the educational setting before, so there will be a learning curve on that side, but the hardest part will be filling Bill Allen’s shoes. He has done an amazing job,” he said.
As dean of administration, Dikeman will oversee the business office, IT, facilities and the college store. He has been shadowing Allen for the past week.
“He’s got a lot of skills that he will bring to the table. He will do great things for this job,” said Allen. “He’s a quick learner. It will be a good change-sometimes change is good.