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Union County College Hires New Dean

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Dr. Victoria Ukachukwu is the new Dean of the Plainfield Campus and Allied Health for Union County College
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CRANFORD – Dr. Victoria C. Ukachukwu joins Union County College (UCC)’s administration as the new Dean of the Plainfield Campus and Allied Health. She brings more than 18 years of experience in higher education to UCC, having previously served as an academic administrator and researcher.

In this new role, Dr. Ukachukwu will oversee all operations of the campus, and will provide leadership for faculty and staff in teaching, curriculum revision and development, technology, and assessment. She will also participate in the planning, execution, and measurement of student outcomes, manage the administrative affairs of the Academic Division, and promote diversity and value a culture of respect among faculty and staff.

Previously, Dr. Ukachukwu served as the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs/Director of Health Sciences at Caldwell University. In this role, she provided leadership for the development and administration of academic programs, services, policies, procedures, and personnel. 

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Dr. Ukachukwu developed and administered academic partnerships with various health professional schools. She negotiated five new health professions affiliation agreements and managed existing agreements. She served as Chair to the Health Professions Committee in which she assisted with the review of student application packets and scheduled the interviews for the professional school applicants. Dr. Ukachukwu was the pre-health advisor for more than 100 pre-health students, and established and served as the advisor to the Health Professions Club.

Prior to her time at Caldwell, Dr. Ukachukwu served as Vice Dean for University College of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. During her tenure, enrollment increased from 2,700 to 3,500 non-traditional students and she oversaw a $1 million dollar budget. Dr. Ukachukwu also supervised faculty committees on academic policy, honors and scholarship, and academic standing for students.

Dr. Ukachukwu, for many years taught chemistry at Caldwell University, Union County College, Rutgers University, and Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania. She holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology and was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Synthetic Methods in Organic Chemistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

For more information about Union County College, go to www.ucc.edu.

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