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Rochester Institute of Technology has named a new senior vice president for student affairs, concluding a national search by bringing in an administrator from Hofstra University on Long Island.
Sandra Johnson has been selected and will begin in her role July 1, RIT said Thursday. She succeeds Mary-Beth Cooper, who left in August to become president of Springfield College in Massachusetts.
“I am very excited to be joining RIT, a university that puts great emphasis on providing exceptional academic and campus life opportunities for its students,” Johnson said. “I look forward to working with the student affairs team and building on their many successful programs for students.”
The senior vice president for student affairs oversees a $25 million annual budget and a staff of more than 200 people in the RIT's student life, wellness, student learning and athletics departments, the university noted.
Johnson served for nearly eight years as vice president for the division of student affairs at Hofstra.
“She has a demonstrated record of success in similar roles at other universities," RIT president William Destler said. "I am confident she will bring to RIT the creative and managerial skills, as well as the collaborative spirit needed to effectively advocate for students, advance university goals and foster a multicultural, diverse environment.”
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