SUNY Plattsburgh has announced two promotions. Dr. Michele Carpentier, director of special programs, has been promoted to assistant vice president for student affairs. In addition, Kyla Relaford, who previously held the position of associate director of Educational Opportunity Program, was named its director.
Carpentier, a 1977 grad who also holds her master’s degree and certificate of advanced study from SUNY Plattsburgh, will continue in her role overseeing special programs such as Student Support Services, the Educational Opportunity Program, Upward Bound, the STAR program and Disability Services, monitoring Americans with Disabilities Act compliance.
Relaford, a 2002 grad who also holds her master’s degree from the college, will oversee the Educational Opportunity Program, which provides academic, personal and financial support to students who may not meet general admissions criteria but who demonstrate a high level of potential to earn a college degree.
“Both Michele and Kyla are highly deserving of their promotions and have both served the college and students with dedication and commitment,” William Laundry, vice president for student affairs, said in a news release. “The programs that Michele oversees — SSS, EOP, Upward Bound, STAR and Disability Services — and the students they serve have excelled under her guidance. She has a vested interest in her students’ welfare and successes. Educational Opportunity Program students have an advocate in Kyla. As associate director, she worked well with Michele in providing EOP students with the assistance they need to succeed. These students demonstrate a high level of personal motivation to do well at SUNY Plattsburgh, and Kyla gives them the guidance and support to make that happen.”
Two Adirondack educators played a key role at the annual College For Every Student national conference in Albany. The two-day event brought together 400 educators, scholars, community and corporate leaders from 24 states, representing 200 schools and 50 colleges. Peru High School Principal Christopher Mazzella spoke of his commitment to cultivate student leaders. Each spring, Peru High School hosts a daylong gathering of student leaders from all over the Adirondacks. Mazella said this event has been “well received by students” who plan, prepare and present workshops to fill out the day. He encouraged colleagues to use the CFES practice of “Leadership Through Service” to create programs, resources, and activities that allow Scholars to forge a pathway to college. Willsboro Central School Superintendent Stephen Broadwell spoke at the session “The Power of Volunteers,” where he encouraged schools to engage their communities. “Our mentors have provided an outside perspective and insight to our students regarding goals, college choices, and careers,” said Broadwell. Willsboro Central School has 30 community leaders who mentor 11th- and 12th-grade students each month, which Broadwell said have been a “tremendous success.” In his opening remarks, President & CEO Rick Dalton recognized the Adirondack K-16 educators, students and mentor community who are giving students the resources and confidence they need to be successful in college.