Sylvia Blake Appointed to Lead Long Island University’s Westchester and Rockland Graduate Campuses
Alka Gupta,Assistant Director of Public Relations
Long Island University
Orangeburg, NY. – Long Island University has appointed Dr. Sylvia Blake as dean and chief operating officer of its Westchester and Rockland Graduate Campuses. Earlier in the summer, the University merged the program offerings and resources of its two Hudson Valley campuses to better meet the educational needs of the region.
Dr. Blake, who has led the Westchester campus since 2001, will provide the leadership, organizational skill and administrative expertise needed to meld the campuses into a single, seamless structure. “In combining the resources of the two campuses, the sum is greater than its parts,” Dr. Blake declared.
Jeffrey Kane, Long Island University’s vice president for academic affairs, said, “Based on her previous achievements, I am certain that Sylvia will succeed in building a strong, operational framework to inspire and implement creative, entrepreneurial activities that broaden the reach of the Westchester and Rockland Graduate Campuses.”
Dr. Blake brings to her new role a wide array of past experiences, first as a tenured faculty member and later as dean. Since arriving at Long Island University as associate provost and academic dean of the Westchester Graduate Campus in the fall of 2001, she has demonstrated tremendous academic and administrative leadership by expanding and enhancing programs and growing enrollment figures.
She played a pivotal role in building the Campus by registering over 40 programs with the New York State Education Department, and creating an academic structure directed at the ongoing improvement of teaching and learning. Dr. Blake secured successful TEAC accreditation of the Westchester Graduate Campus Teacher Education programs and helped create a transparent, student-centric administrative structure.
While meeting the needs of current students remains her top priority, Dr. Blake aspires to take the two campuses and the University in new directions by creating innovative academic programs to attract new student populations, and incorporating state-of-the-art technology to enhance instruction and support services for all students.
The merged campuses offer students unprecedented convenience, giving them access to educational opportunities, facilities and services on both sides of the Hudson River. Students can take courses at either campus. Other benefits include increased scholarship funding; an expanded network; a greater number of faculty members; and a broader selection of internships and student teaching placements.
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