For Michelle Velazquez Mesnard, change is her job. This past summer Mesnard was appointed to a newly-created position: associate vice president for academic initiatives. While her new job will involve supporting academic and faculty development at Union College, her primary role will be change.

“Union College’s strategic plan calls for the school to add at least two new programs in the next five years,” explained Vinita Sauder, president of Union College. “We believe this should be a priority because it will not only draw more students to Union, but will strengthen the already excellent academic experience we provide for our current students.”

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