CRANFORD – During the Union County College Board of Trustees meeting held on May 19, the College appointed three new deans. Dr. Elise Donovan has accepted the newly created administrative position of Dean of Humanities. Dr. Liesl Jones is the Dean of the newly created STEM Division. Dr. Lester Sandres Rapalo is the new Dean of Social Sciences/Business. This year, the College transferred the management of academic departments from eight faculty department chairs and two directors to four academic deans. The four academic divisions are STEM, Allied Health/Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences/Business.

A senior professor of English at Union County College, Dr. Donovan has served in a number of teaching and administrative roles throughout her 23-year career at the College. Most notable is her experience at Union as department chair of English, as coordinator of developmental English education, and as coordinator of English for Title V grants for student success.

Dr. Jones’ administrative experience includes her current role as department chair for the Biological Sciences Department at Lehman College of the City University of New York system. A professor at Lehman since 1998, Dr. Jones’ previous roles include serving as the faculty fellow and chair of the Neuroscience Doctoral Subprogram.

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Dr. Lester Sandres Rapalo teaches middle-school and high-school students at the Calhoun School in New York City. Prior to that, he worked for more than five years at Orlando-based Valencia College, where his responsibilities included serving as interim dean of the Humanities and Foreign Language Department and as chair of the Foreign Language Department. He was also Valencia’s program director for Study Abroad and served in a similar capacity at the University of Massachusetts. All three deans will begin on July 1 and report to the College’s Chief Academic Officer Dr. Maris Lown.

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