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Dr. Michell Tollinchi-Michel appointed Assistant Vice President for Student Transitions in the Division of Student Life

From the President's Desk

To: The Rensselaer Community
Re: Dr. Michell Tollinchi-Michel appointed Assistant Vice President for Student Transitions in the Division of Student Life

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Michell Tollinchi-Michel for the position of Assistant Vice President for Student Transitions in the Division of Student Life.  Dr. Tollinchi will report to the Vice President for Student Life, and will begin employment on Monday, January 15, 2018.

Dr. Michell Tollinchi-Michel currently serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Enrichment and Community Initiatives at Barnard College, Columbia University, in New York, New York. Dr. Tollinchi-Michel, in her 10-year career at Barnard, has held leadership positions in student life administration that encompassed co-curricular and academic support programs. Dr. Tollinchi-Michel has provided oversight of support programs for a diverse student population, and has worked in collaboration with academic and administrative departments to provide opportunities that enrich and complement the intellectual life of all students with a particular emphasis on achievement gap issues. In partnering with the Office of Admissions, Dr. Tollinchi-Michel assisted in advancing the recruitment of students from underrepresented groups and has advised pre-major, transfer, and international students as well as provided intensive advising and academic support to first-generation/low-income students.

Dr. Tollinchi-Michel’s significant accomplishments include co-coordinating the First Generation Student Advisory Council to assess and address the needs of students; providing consult and assessing student winter housing needs for the Dean of the College; establishing an “in-house therapist program;” partnering with the Dean of Admissions and First Year Class Dean to increase the number of diverse admitted students by 5 percent over the last five years; maintaining a steady graduation rate for program students, which ranged between 90 percent and 98 percent over the past five years, above national average; and is currently collaborating with Barnard faculty to assess the need for an Academic Resource Center to address student access and retention needs.

Prior to her current role at Barnard College, Dr. Tollinchi-Michel served as the Director of the Gateway Academy at City College of New York, as Associate Director of CSTEP/STEP at Fordham University, and as a Clinical Counselor at Lehman College.

Dr. Tollinchi-Michel holds a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Social Work from Fordham University; a Master of Social Work degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University at Albany, State University of New York. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Michell Tollinchi-Michel to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and to the Division of Student Life.