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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. Joylyn Phillip, a 2007 graduate of Medgar Evers College, has served the College since 2001 in several capacities. She is a familiar face to the college community through her work with the Learning Center and the Freshman Year Program. Since joining the Office of Accreditation, Quality Assurance and Institutional Effectiveness in 2007, she has provided assistance and support for accreditation activities, including the Medgar Evers College Self-Study and the Departments of Nursing Self Studies.
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