Following a search among the College’s recent graduates, Demitrius McNeil ’18 has been selected as the first participant in the President’s Administrative Fellows Program. He will begin in the full-time position on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
The program is a one-year appointment designed to introduce recent Le Moyne alumni to a variety of roles within higher education administration. At the end of the program, administrative fellows will have both a broad understanding of how institutions of higher education function and a deep understanding of the specific area in which they are placed. Inspired by the College's racial justice forums earlier this summer, the intent of the program is to prepare alumni to assume leadership roles at Le Moyne, other institutions of higher education and organizations in other sectors.
“We are pleased to welcome Demitrius back to the Heights,” said President Linda LeMura. “He was an engaged and dedicated member of our community during his time as an undergraduate student and I fully expect he will dive into this new role with the same enthusiasm. It’s a wonderful opportunity for him to learn about the many facets of higher education and re-engage with his alma mater.”
“My years at Le Moyne were a powerful and life-changing time and I expect that working as an administrative fellow will be a similar experience,” said McNeil, who will pursue a graduate degree from the College during his time as a fellow. “I’m grateful for this opportunity and look forward to working with and learning from many wonderful colleagues over the next year.”
Fellows will spend the first half of the year working in a variety of offices across campus and then formulate and implement a specific project based on their interests in the second half of the year. Over the course of their fellowship year, they will engage in activities ranging from the management of administrative tasks to strategic program development and implementation. Additional opportunities include conversations with senior leadership, members of the Board of Trustees and other individuals in leadership roles at the College. Fellows will be mentored by a Le Moyne alumna/alumnus whose current career aligns with their placement or future career goals.
Since graduating in 2018 with a B.A. in business analytics and marketing, McNeil has served in several roles. Most recently, he was director of business and economic development at CenterState CEO in Syracuse, where he developed strategies and conducted market research for regional business development efforts. Prior to that, he worked as an account manager at Pinckney Hugo Group, a marketing firm in Syracuse. He is also a partner/owner at Our Glass Consulting, whose mission is “to transform workplace culture and behavior to foster a more welcoming, diverse and inclusive environment.” Among his volunteer activities were serving as an advisory board member for Step Up Moment, campaign manager for a common council candidate and youth impact program director for 100 Black Men of Syracuse Inc. He is a graduate of Gonzaga College High School and the Washington Jesuit Academy, both located in Washington, D.C.
Members of the search committee were Barb Karper from advancement, Father Charles Oduke from Inclusive Excellence and Global Education, Furkan Oztanriseven from the Madden School, Carly Colbert from the President’s Office and President LeMura.