St. Francis College has picked Dr. Jose Rodriguez as its new dean of students, just two weeks before students return to campus for the new school year.
Dr. Rodriguez, an educator and administrator, will interact one-on-one with students and supervise student activities, career development, student living and disability issues.
Dr. Rodriguez said the opportunity to add to the lives of students and contribute to student well-being is what attracted him to the position at the small liberal arts college in Brooklyn, N.Y.
"It is my conviction that student life administrators are educators, a seamless part of a campus culture that focuses on actively engaging students in a wide range of learning opportunities that both challenge and support their development," Dr. Rodriguez said in a press release.
As dean of students, Dr. Rodriguez will primarily deal with non-academic issues such as helping students and faculty deal with conflict, medical and mental health issues, and discipline.
Before joining St. Francis, Dr. Rodriguez served as vice president of campus life and global initiatives for Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, where he was responsible for student conduct and managing the college's global outreach. Dr. Rodriguez also spent time at St. John's University as associate vice president of student affairs and dean of students.
St. Francis has 2,900 undergraduates enrolled as of 2013, with 22 percent of the student body comprised of Hispanics, according to the College Board.
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