Queens College Provost’s Delegation to South Africa, April 12-23, 2014

Provost's Delegation (five men, three women) standing in front of banner on which the mission statement is printed

Provost’s Delegation Visiting the University of the Western Cape, taken by Helen Gaudette

Mission Statement for Provost’s Delegation, April 12-22, 2014

Under the Provost’s leadership, the delegation visited four universities in South Africa, University of Cape Town, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, University of the Western Cape, and University of the Witwatersrand, to find future ways to collaborate on matters of mutual interest, including the development of student and faculty exchanges, study abroad programs, joint research ventures, and the like. Working together as academic or practice partners, the goal is to build upon existing strengths and ties in order to create new ones.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Hendrey, PhD, is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for Queens College, CUNY. She oversees all academic departments and academic support services, as well as Enrollment Management, Professional and Continuing Studies, and Global Education Initiatives, including the College’s “Year of Country” program. As part of the premier public university in the most diverse county in America, Queens College offers cultural and academic programming focusing on a different nation each year; 2014-2015 is the Year of South Africa. In 2012-3 she served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Strategic Planning and Enrollment Management. Prior to this, she was the Dean of Social Sciences at Queens College from 2005-2012, after serving for three years as chair of the Economics Department. Under her leadership, the college developed degrees in finance, international business and actuarial studies, and an interdisciplinary graduate program in risk management. Hendrey attended Princeton University as an undergraduate, majoring in economics, and earned her Ph.D. in economics at Duke University in 1985. She joined the faculty at Queens in 1989, rising to the rank of  full professor in 2001, and is also a member of the doctoral faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research interests are in economic history and labor economics. In 2010 she was named one of the Queens Top Ten Women in Business. She was an American Council on Education Fellow at Lehigh University in 2010-11, where she focused on strategic planning and plan implementation, and she is leading the development of the new Queens College Strategic Plan.

George R. Hendrey, PhD, is currently Distinguished Professor, Director and Chair of the School of Earth and Environmental Science at Queens College, City University of New York. His training is in civil engineering and comparative limnology, which adds an engineering perspective to his environmental research; he is also an ESA Certified Senior Ecologist. Prior to moving to CUNY, he was Head of the Earth Systems Sciences Division at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Dr. Hendrey has authored or co-authored over 130 peer-reviewed publications, and 150 other contributions to science. As VP and CTO of COAWAY LLC he has been working on an industrial method for direct extraction of atmospheric CO2, a process that was selected as one of the finalists in the Virgin Earth Challenge.

Helen Gaudette, PhD, is the Director of the Queens College Office of Global Education Initiatives. In this capacity, she works with faculty to oversee, coordinate, and assess Queens College’s study abroad and international exchange programs. She also directs the CUNY-Paris Exchange program. Dr. Gaudette manages programs and relationships with all Queens College’s international partner institutions. In addition, she advertises and promotes study abroad, internships, and service learning opportunities to current and prospective students, and implements crisis management policies and practices. A full-time member of the Queens College Department of History, she teaches various faculty-led study abroad courses in France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, and Spain. In 2007, she won the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is also the winner of the 2013 Fulbright US – Japan International Education Administrator Award and a current AIEA Neal Presidential Fellow.

Adam L. Rockman currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY).
Adam’s current responsibilities include providing direct supervision to all non-academic areas within the areas of student affairs, student development, student life, student services, and co-curricular initiatives and issues for the College and its 20,000 students, including nearly 200 full- and part-time staff. Adam provides fiscal oversight of budgets totaling over $10 million in tax levy, grant and auxiliary enterprises monies.
Adam also proudly serves on the following bodies at Queens College: President’s Senior Leadership Team, President’s Cabinet, President’s Council, President’s Strategic Plan Implementation Committee Head, Middle States Accreditation Planning Committee, Higher Education Officer Labor/Management Committee (Presidential Appointee), Higher Education Officer Screening Committee, Student Union Board of Directors, Risk Management Council, New Student Orientation Planning Committee, Behavioral Intervention Team, Sexual Harassment Awareness and Intake Taskforce, and Workplace Violence Action Team. Before coming to Queens College, Rockman served in various student affairs/student services roles over a period of more than 24 years at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Princeton University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, LaSalle University, and University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Rockman has proudly served on the steering and planning committees for the national conventions of the American College Personnel Association – College Student Educators International, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.
Rockman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently completing his Ed.D. in Executive Leadership at St. John Fisher College.

Craig Michaels, PhD, is the Dean of the Division of Education at Queens College. He has a strong commitment to both urban and public education, which is what initially drew him to apply for a faculty position at Queens in 1999. This same commitment to urban education, diversity and equity forms the framework that has shaped his research and scholarship, which focus on understanding and influencing the social, political, educational, and economic ramifications of disability, and interpreting disability within the context of diversity and as socially constructed. Dr. Michaels has a strong record of research and scholarship, he has authored or co-authored 10 books and monographs, published more than 25 research studies in peer-refereed journals, and more than 27 book chapters. In the last few years, Dr. Michaels has also presented more than 30 papers at national or international conferences. In terms of external funding, he has served as the principal investigator and author of numerous government and foundation funded research projects. As Dean of the Division of Education, he is working to strategically engage, challenge, and nurture faculty and staff to work with each other and the College’s school and community partners to proactively create a shared vision for the future in which Queens College: (a) continues to be the largest producer of highly effective teachers and other educational professionals in the City University; (b) expands its impact on the learning and well-being of students in the New York City and surrounding metropolitan area public schools; and (c) advances scholarship on research validated instructional practices and support for promoting equity, excellence, and ethics in urban education.

Sandra Mew is the Confidential Executive Assistant to Dr. Elizabeth Hendrey, Acting Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Queens College of the City University of New York. Her role includes responsibility for internal and external communications, and managing public relations for the office. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Mew worked in the Office of the President for more than 14 years (during that time she served in the position of Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer/Vice President).  Ms.  Mew received her Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude) with a major in Sociology and a minor in Urban Studies from Queens College.  She also earned her Masters of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Queens College.  As part of her interest in international affairs, especially reflected by the diverse student demographics at Queens College, Ms. Mew has worked closely with academic groups on both content and in-country experiences to Israel, Turkey and South Africa. She has brought back the knowledge and experience gained in those programs  to her work in the Provosts’s office at Queens College.




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