Dynamic start for College of Arts and Sciences advisory council

January 26, 2024

Photo of students walking outside of the College of Arts and Sciences

Three-year appointments began in January for the first group of dynamic members of the new Advisory Council for Quinnipiac’s College of Arts and Sciences.

“We have assembled a dynamic, diverse team of highly qualified individuals across the life span of the College of Arts and Sciences, representing a variety of fields,” said College of Arts and Sciences Dean Adam Roth.

The council’s current roster of eight will grow in phases over the next two years to allow for full membership with staggered three-year terms. The council is comprised of Quinnipiac and College of Arts and Sciences alumni and community members.

Newly inducted College of Arts and Sciences advisory council members are Teresa Hamdan, Laeticia Iboki, Alex Everette, Robert Passero, Jim Cormier, Christopher Skidmore, Yvonne Alston and Ryan Hagerman '25, a political science major. Hagerman also serves on the College of Arts and Sciences student advisory council.

On January 19, the College of Arts and Sciences advisory council gathered for an initial meeting, which was held virtually. The council met with Roth, who was joined by Quinnipiac Provost Debra Liebowitz. College of Arts and Sciences students and faculty also attended.

“It was an opportunity for us to provide context on the state of the college and the state of the university,” Roth said. “The provost discussed the direction of the university and how what we’re doing in College of Arts and Sciences aligns with those strategic objectives. We also had a recent alumn there to present on their experiences.”

Roth said the College of Arts and Sciences advisory council’s energy and commitment was evident in the group’s lively engagement and participation during the meeting and will contribute to the college’s exciting momentum in the future. The College of Arts and Sciences offers 30 different majors.

“We have transformed our curriculum in a variety of ways to tailor it to the desires and demands of students, while still respecting the traditions of the liberal arts, humanities and liberal sciences,” said Roth. “We have award-winning faculty — an amazing faculty — in the College of Arts and Sciences. I’ve never seen a faculty that is more committed to promoting student success. We have an incredible leadership team in the college, who are all focused on making sure that we provide a high quality, high caliber educational experience to all students, that’s filled with experiential learning opportunities, study abroad and high impact research.”

The overall purpose of the advisory council is to assist the college in carrying out its vision and mission, both to help students transition from the academic to the professional world and to help alumni at all stages advance in their respective careers.

Members will provide counsel, long-range strategies, mentor students, function as an advisory group, assist the college with external relations and outreach, help secure philanthropic resources and help recruit professionals to engage with the College.

Gathering the council has been a dedicated effort which has yielded outstanding results, said Roth.

“We’ve been engaging our community in discovering and cultivating individuals who we feel will be excellent representatives of the College and have the ability to contribute to our success,” said Roth. “The people who have signed on are really committed and invested. They want to prioritize their support for the College of Arts and Sciences and support the incredible work of our faculty, students and staff.”

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