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Newly Named Director of Public Safety Finds Home Away from Home at Washington College

Washington College

October 8, 2021


In her new role as Director of the Department of Public Safety, Pamela Hoffmann – a life-long Midwesterner – has found a home away from home.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Hoffmann spent 24 years with the Public Safety Department at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN before making the move east and beginning her new post with Washington College this August.

Students in Loyola’s study abroad program in Seoul, South Korea, will study at Sogang University, founded in 1960 by Jesuits from the United States and the only Jesuit university in Seoul. Sogang University offers most of its courses in English and has 25 departments with seven undergraduate schools and 12 graduate schools. Study tours, field trips, and internships will be available, and students will have the opportunity to explore Seoul as well as the mountains that surround the megacity. The program runs one semester in either the fall or spring.

So how does a Midwesterner end up in Chestertown, MD? A self-described “4-H kid”, Hoffmann had the opportunity to visit the D.C. area on a program field trip years ago, and fell in love with the area. “I actually got back from that trip and told my mother that I was going to live or work on the East Coast,” she said. “I didn’t know how or when at the time, but several decades later, here I am!”