New Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education named

Rachel Bean, professor of astronomy, has been named the first senior associate dean of undergraduate education for the College of Arts & Sciences and will begin her position on July 1. The appointment is the next step in a restructuring of the college’s admissions and advising office, which is undergoing a reorganization this year to better serve the needs of current and future students. Under the new plan, the college created positions for a director of advising and a director of admissions, filled by John Morganelli Jr. and Bonnie Comella, respectively. Both positions, along with the director of career development, Jennifer Maclaughlin, will report to Bean, who will oversee the admissions, advising and career development offices.

“Rachel will bring an important faculty perspective to our advising and admissions efforts in the college,” said Gretchen Ritter, the Harold Tanner Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. “She is an accomplished scientist, a wonderful teacher and is well known and respected in her field and at Cornell. We are very fortunate that she will be our first senior associate dean of undergraduate education.”

“Our undergraduates are a truly exceptional cohort, who study and share their college experience together, while coming from very diverse backgrounds and having equally varied ambitions,” said Bean. “I am honored to have this opportunity to work with our experienced advising, admissions and career service teams, to be able to support and enable all of our students, from their admission to Cornell through to when they are planning their next steps in life, as they graduate.”

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