St. Thomas is changing the way it oversees community partnerships and neighborhood relations on its Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.

Sister Margaret Wick, former president of Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa, will become director of Minneapolis community partnerships and neighborhood relations on Jan. 18. She will be based at the Minneapolis campus and will be part of the University Relations staff.

John Hershey, neighborhood liaison for the St. Paul campus since June 1998, will become director of St. Paul community partnerships and neighborhood relations. He will continue to be on the University Relations staff.

The moves are part of an effort to coordinate community and neighborhood activities on the two campuses. Wick and Hershey will be responsible for such activities in their respective cities but will work together closely.

Wick is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque, Iowa, and has spent her career in higher education as a faculty member and administrator.

She was president of Briar Cliff, a Catholic college, from 1987 until earlier this year. She held three other positions there — vice president and academic dean (1972-1974 and 1976-84), director of academic advising (1971-1972) and on the sociology faculty (1966-1971). She was president of Colleges of Mid-America, a consortium of eight independent colleges, from 1985 to 1987 and was an intern in the continuing education office at the University of Denver from 1974 to 1976.

She has a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Briar Cliff, a master of arts in sociology from Loyola University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in higher education from Denver.

Before coming to St. Thomas, Hershey was assistant athletic director and women’s basketball coach at Macalester College for 12 years.

He previously was dean for residence life at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. (1981-1986); assistant dean of students at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J. (1976-1981); and resident adviser at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa (1974 to 1976).

He has a bachelor of arts degree in English and religion from Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a master of arts in teaching degree from Columbia Teachers College in New York.

In addition to his neighborhood work, Hershey is an assistant coach on the St. Thomas women’s basketball team.