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As Executive Dean, Richard Jones, Jr. is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring all activities related to cyclical internal and external review processes. A tenured full professor, Dean Jones has over 25 years of experience in higher education administration. In addition to chairing the College’s Middle States Commission on Higher Education Self Study Team, and co-chairing the Middle States Periodic Review Report, Dean Jones was the principal author of the College’s response to the New York State Department of Education query on remediation in 2003. He also chaired the President’s First and Second Year Task Force which produced a significant study on the retention and persistence of our students, and which developed recommendations that led to the establishment of the Student Advocacy Support Services Center.
Prior to his appointment as Executive Dean, he served as Dean of Institutional Advancement and Development. Previously held positions include Dean of Instructional Support Services, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, and Dean for Enrollment Management. Prior to joining Medgar Evers College, Dean Jones served at the Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY as Dean of Freshman Studies, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Freshman Studies, Associate Dean of Student Affairs;, Director of Special Programs, and as Coordinator of Counseling.
His career exemplifies his belief that community involvement and educational development should be a partnership process involving all segments of the community. Dean Jones holds an M.S.W., specializing in Social Policy and Administration and Planning, from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and English from Hamline University, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota. He continues to work on his doctorate in Higher Education Administration and Educational Psychology.
As Director, Ms. Tanya Serdiuk applies her writing, research and data analysis skills in support of the College’s “Culture of Excellence.” Ms. Serdiuk served as Vice Co-Chair of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Self Study Team and has worked with faculty and staff in each of our Schools in developing materials and documents for accreditation activities. She has held the position of Special Assistant to the President as well as Acting Director of Communications. In her role as Special Assistant to the President, Ms. Serdiuk contributed to several successful grant proposals in addition to researching and writing accreditation reports, assessment projects, background papers, presentations, and news articles. She joined the College in 2002 as part of the editorial team that prepared the Middle States Periodic Review Report.
A cum laude graduate of Columbia University, Ms. Serdiuk is continuing her doctoral studies in comparative literature at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York.
Ms. Raquel M. Bennett possesses over twenty years of experience in higher education administration. Since her appointment to the Office of Accreditation, Quality Assurance, and Institutional Assessment in May 2015, she has provided leadership for the Performance Management Process (PMP) and collaborated on establishing College targets for enrollment, retention and graduation.
Prior to her appointment as Associate Director, she served as Executive Associate to the Senior Vice President and Provost, Acting Director of Associate of Arts in Teacher Education Programs and Data Coordinator for School of Liberal Arts and Education and Collaborator for Program Improvement. During her tenure in the School of Liberal Arts and Education, Ms. Bennett aided in the successful National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation of the Education Department’s teacher education programs.
In addition to her extensive career at Medgar Evers College, Ms. Bennett has fifteen years of experience in university teaching—facilitating introductory computer science courses for Westchester Community College and Africana Studies courses at Fordham University.
Ms. Bennett joined Medgar Evers College in 2002. She holds a M.S. in Adult Education and Human Resource Development with a concentration in Technology Education from Fordham University and a M.A. in History from Brooklyn College.
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