Announcement from the Provost

Effective June 30, Mr. Lester Raphael stepped down from his role as director of the Advisement Center.

Les assumed the role of acting director of the advisement center upon the unexpected resignation of the director in 2011. As acting director and later as director, Les led the implementation of a comprehensive set of recommendations emerging from a Presidential Task Force on Retention and Graduation that made sweeping changes in the advisement structure of the College.

Under Mr. Raphael’s leadership, the Advisement Center grew not only in personnel but in scope of duties and became the lead location for driving programmatic and training initiatives related to advisement.  As staff was expanded and incorporated, the office has become the hub of advisement on the York College campus with students expressing a significantly improved level of satisfaction with advisement services.

At this time Mr. Raphael has decided to return to his first love - the collaborative programs - College Now and CUNY High School Outreach Programs to prepare students for college admissions and success.  Please join me in thanking Les for his service to the College in this arena and in welcoming him back to his collaborative role.  

During this transition and effective July 1, Ms. Bruny Almodovar, Associate Director, will serve as the administrator in charge and will lead the Advisement Center in building on the recent successes in serving our York College students.  I ask that you give her your full support.

 -P. Meleties