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Dr. Deborah Cady Melzer Named Le Moyne’s Vice President for Student Development

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release)... Le Moyne College has named Dr. Deborah Cady Melzer, currently dean of student development at Fairfield University, as its vice president for student development. Selected following a six-month national search, she will start in her new position on July 1.

“As Le Moyne prepares to advance the priorities resulting from our OneLeMoyne strategic planning process, I was impressed by Dr. Cady Melzer’s understanding of how those goals will foster student development at the College,” said Le Moyne President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D. “Dr. Cady Melzer has built an impressive career with a range of experience and brings a compelling vision to the position. Her educational and administrative experience with Jesuit institutions has prepared her well, as do her many accomplishments, which are firmly grounded in contemporary theory and practice.”

Her experience includes nearly 15 years in a variety of student development roles, including the last four years at Fairfield University. Currently, her responsibilities include the development of comprehensive strategic initiatives to integrate living and learning in students’ four-year experience and supervision over new student programs, residence life, and Fairfield’s Ignatian Residential College. She also has experience within student development and residence life at Wellesley College, Simmons College and Stonehill College.

“I look forward to the challenge of leading Le Moyne’s student development team at such an exciting time,” said Dr. Cady Melzer. “One of my priorities will be to strengthen the partnership with academic affairs to create a well-rounded student experience that perfectly fits with the Jesuit mission of education of the whole person.”

Dr. Cady Melzer received her doctorate in higher education administration from Boston College. She has a bachelor of arts in psychology from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont and a masters in education in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont.

Dr. Pestello expressed his appreciation to those administrators, faculty, staff, alumni, regents, and trustees who participated in the search process, as well as the search committee. “I would also like to thank Dr. Shawn Ward for his service as vice president for student development for the past nine years. He served in the role with professionalism and dedication.”

posted on: 6/10/2010