Donna Eddleman steps into her new role in student affairs

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While meeting and greeting students during U of R orientation this fall, Donna Eddleman found herself in the midst of a great deal of spirited anticipation. “There are so many exciting things that happen on a university campus, but the electric enthusiasm at the beginning of the school year is special. It’s a time filled with energy and the thrill of a fresh start and
new experiences.”

Eddleman is U of R’s newly appointed University dean of student affairs and was formerly vice president of student affairs at Manhattanville College, a private liberal arts college in New York.

“Donna joins us as the first new dean to lead student affairs in 36 years, and thus, her appointment is historic in the life of the University,” says Redlands President Ralph Kuncl. “In Donna, I foresee a dean, student advocate, and senior leader who will both look back at where we have come from, and forge forward with vision, strategy, and integrity to be a transformative leader in this new era for our students and student affairs.”

Eddleman, who holds a doctorate in educational policy, planning, and leadership from the College of William and Mary, guided the development of a center for inclusion at Manhattanville and has chaired or served on task forces or committees examining campus culture, student engagement, and retention. She was previously deputy dean of students at New York University’s Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, campus, in addition to other student affairs leadership positions at universities around the nation.

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