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The Division of Student Affairs at Lehman College

Welcome Message

Jermaine A. WrightWelcome and thank you for visiting the Lehman College Division of Student Affairs website. My name is Dr. Jermaine Wright and I serve as the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs. The Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) is the chief executive in the Division of Student Affairs, reports directly to Dr. Peter Nwosu, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success, and is a member of the of the President’s Cabinet and President’s Advisory Board. The VPSA provides strategic leadership and operational management for all programs and services within the Division of Student Affairs to lead the division to advance and fulfill its mission; to enhance, build and develop a high performing Student Affairs team; to strengthen campus involvement and key relationships; and to enhance the overall quality of the student experience from recruitment to retention and graduation.

The Division of Student Affairs is comprised of five coalitions: 1) Coalition for Student Transitions and Retention 2) Coalition for Student Health, Wellness, and Inclusion 3) Coalition for Leadership and Engagement 4) Coalition for Career Exploration and Professional Development 5 ) Coalition for Varsity Athletics, Intramurals, and the APEX. The Division assists with social, personal, and emotional development, with the goal of encouraging intellectual and ethical growth through clubs, leadership activities, and various community events. The Division of Student Affairs team is eager to assist with academic and non-academic matters including, but not limited to, tutoring, advising, career and personal counseling, health issues, as well as helping students negotiate the administrative regulations and structure of Lehman College. The team works together to foster in students a strong, responsible, and productive quality of life, both on and off campus.

Jermaine A. Wright, Ph.D., Lehman Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Jermaine Wright became Interim Vice President for Student Affairs at Lehman College of The City University of New York, effective fall 2020. He brings more than fifteen years of experience to the position as a student services professional, and prior to his appointment at Lehman he served as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut, a public liberal arts institution, a position he has held since August 2018.  Dr. Wright provided oversight and leadership for student engagement and retention programs and services, manages the department’s budget, and led a team of six mid-level administrators and approximately 100 staff and student employees across the following units: University Access Programs, Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development, the Multicultural Center, the Sexuality and Gender Equality Center, the Michael J. Adanti Student Center, and the John Lyman Center for Performing Arts. He also provided oversight for the Student Government Association and more than 130 clubs and organizations at the institution.

As Associate Vice President, he led and/or collaborated with the campus stakeholders on strategic initiatives that increased access and completion. For example, he led the Hispanic and African American Working group established to develop initiatives related to the recruitment and retention of students of color, which resulted in an increase in the number of Black and Latinx students at the institution. Many of the students were supported through a partnership with New Haven Promise, a non-profit organization that provides full four-year tuition scholarships to high school students with a 3.0 GPA or above who were New Have residents or attended a New Haven pubic school. At Southern, Dr. Wright led the Student Affairs Cultural Awareness and Competency Committee, which provided a range of support services and programs to facilitate campus dialogue on issues of cultural literacy, social justice, and the understanding of differences in multiple contexts. He also served on the President’s Strategic Planning Committee and the Educational Effectiveness Sub-committee for the university’s accreditation by the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE).

Among his accomplishments at the Southern was the implementation of a faculty mentoring program to support students from underrepresented populations; a commuter initiative to enhance commuter student success; and a Fly in Four campaign to increase 4-year graduation rates.

Prior to his role at Southern, Dr. Wright served as the Interim University Associate Dean of Special Programs at CUNY, where he provided leadership and oversight for a $42m budget across a number of special programs that served approximately 25,000 students within the University. These included the Percy Ellis Sutton Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge (SEEK), College Discovery (CD) opportunity programs, CUNY Black Male Initiative (BMI), Single Stop College Initiative, CUNY’s TRIO programs, and the CUNY Foster Youth College Initiative. His portfolio included six administrators overseeing about 250 staff and faculty implementing special programs across CUNY campuses. In addition, he served as special programs liaison to NYSED, member of the board, Tri-State Consortium of Opportunity Programs, and co-lead, Access Pillar of the CUNY Connected Plan. Among his other leadership roles were: University Associate Director and later Director, Black Male Initiative at CUNY from 2008-2017, and Regional Program Manager for Urban Youth Empowerment, National Urban League, a New York City-based historic non-profit national civil rights organization focused on improving economic opportunities for underserved urban populations across the nation.  He was also an adjunct faculty at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, where he taught the First Year Seminar course and at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, where he taught graduate courses in public administration.

Dr. Wright holds a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from Binghamton University (SUNY), a Master’s in Public Administration, with a concentration in Management and Operations, from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), and a Ph.D. in Public Administration, with an emphasis on Performance Measurement and Improvement, from Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey. He holds membership in such professional associations as the American College Personnel Association and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and has participated in several leadership development programs, including the Harvard University Management Development Program.  He has also presented scholarly papers at numerous conferences and convenings such as the NASPA Conference on Student Success in Higher Education and the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Black and Latino Male Summit.

Please use this website as it is dynamic; grows and changes along with the College. I also highly recommend that you read the College Catalog and the Student Handbook, both of which are on this website, and familiarize yourself with the supports and services that the Division offers.

All the best on a productive and successful academic year and thank you once again for visiting the Division of Student Affairs website.

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