WRITTEN BY NICOLAS FERNANDES
Newly appointed Dean of Students, Dr. Jose Rodriguez, is eager to meet students here at St. Francis College and become a part of the St. Francis community.
Rodriguez is an experienced Dean and student affairs expert who will be responsible for supervising Student Activities, Career Development, Student Health, Residence Life and Disability Services. He is replacing Dean Cheryl Howell, who worked at SFC for 11 years but left this past spring to take on the position of Assistant Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life at Berkeley College.
“I really can’t wait to meet with the students,” Rodriguez said.
His goal is to engage students in the college and make sure their voices are heard. He said that St. Francis is a community and wants all students to feel like they are a part of it.
Rodriguez previously worked at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, where he was the Vice President of Campus Life and Global Initiatives.
He explained that he accepted the position at St. Francis because it is a “well established college and it cares about its students.”
Rodriguez has to commute to work everyday from his home in Rockland County, although he says he does not mind because he likes the school and neighborhood very much.
He also said that he misses Albany. “It’s all part of our life journey,” Rodriguez stated.
Before working at Albany, Rodriguez served as Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Affairs at St. Johns University in Queens for 25 years. He holds a Doctor of Education, Master’s Degrees in Education and Arts from Teachers College at Colombia University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Counseling from Manhattan College.
Rodriguez is sure that his new position at SFC will come with challenges like any other new job, but he won’t find out what those challenges are until the semester begins.