Rowan appoints new vice president for student affairs

Rowan appoints new vice president for student affairs

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Glassboro- After a six-month national search, Rowan University has announced the appointment of Drew Calandrella, Santa Rosa, Calif., to the newly created position of
University creates new division to better serve students

Glassboro- After a six-month national search, Rowan University has
announced the appointment of Drew Calandrella, Santa Rosa, Calif., to the
newly created position of vice president for student affairs. Starting July
1, Calandrella will oversee 15 academic and student support service
departments, including Admissions, Residence Life, Financial Aid, Athletics
and Career and Advising Services.

The appointment caps a major organizational restructuring at the
university. Fifteen departments which had reported to three different
divisions have been grouped under the new <+>Student Affairs<+> division for
the purpose of providing better support to students. Calandrella will lead
the division, reporting directly to the president along with the
university's three other vice presidents.

<+>Mr. Calandrella has a proven record of creating innovative and
distinctive student support programs,<+> said Dr. Donald Farish, president
of Rowan University. <+>I'm confident that he will create and implement
initiatives that will increase retention and graduation rates of our
students.<+>

Calandrella comes to Rowan University from Sonoma State University,
Calif., where he has served as the vice president for enrollment and
student academic services for the past five years. At Sonoma, he is
credited with developing innovative enrollment management and
retention services, including a comprehensive student leadership
program, an educational mentoring team program and an alternative
admissions program?all of which helped the institution increase retention
and graduation rates.

Prior to serving as vice president, he held a variety of administration
positions at the institution, including: associate vice president for
student academic services, director of financial aid and associate dean
of student affairs. He also previously held administration positions at
North Adams State College, Mass., Temple University, Dickinson State
College, N.D. and The College of New Jersey.

It was at Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) where
he received a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in
student personnel and guidance, in 1976 and 1978, respectively. He
later completed his doctoral coursework in higher education policy and
organizational behavior at the University of Massachusetts.

The university's board of trustees are expected to confirm the
appointment at their April meeting.

Callendrella was raised in Delran, N.J. and attended Riverside High School.
While at Trenton State College he met his wife Aziza, who was raised and
still has family in Willingboro.