GERIANNE BRUSATI NAMED VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT SERVICES
Served as Interim VPSS for Past 20 Months; First Joined SUNY Orange Administrative Team in 2007
MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange President Dr. Kristine Young has named Gerianne Brusati as the College’s vice president for student services, a role Brusati has held on an interim basis for the past 20 months.
As vice president for student services, Brusati will oversee many of the departments that support students from the day they make their first contact with the College through graduation, and beyond. Her division includes the areas of admissions, financial aid, registration, academic advising, student activities, career and internship services, and enrollment management, along with specific programs such as TRiO, EOP, veterans services and accessibility services. She also is responsible for the College’s Wellness Center.
As interim vice president, Brusati guided her staff through the initial implementation of SUNY Orange’s most recent Strategic Plan, adopted in September 2015, and expanded the College’s student services presence on the Newburgh campus. This past February, SUNY Orange secured a grant from the State University of New York to develop an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) that will provide access, academic support and financial aid counseling to low-income and academically underprepared students.
In August 2015, SUNY Orange was awarded a $1.1 million TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) grant, distributed by United States Department of Education, to increase the persistence, retention, graduation and transfer rates of low-income first generation students and students with disabilities.
“I’m a true believer in growing your own talent and leadership,” says Dr. Kristine Young, SUNY Orange president. “Gerianne has demonstrated to me firsthand, and impressed the Search Committee as well, that she is more than capable of guiding our Student Services division in the development of a comprehensive, compassionate and adaptable services model that supports our diverse student population.
“I’ve seen Gerianne in action over the past 17 months that I’ve been at the College. Her contributions to our leadership team have been thoughtful, creative, forward-thinking and institutionally beneficial. I look forward to her continued contributions.”
Brusati arrived at SUNY Orange in August 2007 as associate vice president for enrollment management. In that role, she provided leadership and oversight for all College-related enrollment and student retention initiatives. She launched the College’s highly successful New START workshops, which provide all new incoming students with a combined orientation, advising and registration program to help ease their transition to the College.
She spearheaded increased utilization of technology so that more students could register for classes online, and also expanded SUNY Orange’s partnership with the Orange County Department of Mental Health to enhance counseling services available to students.
Brusati was instrumental in SUNY Orange’s acquisition of a $1.88 million U.S. Department of Education Title III “Strengthening Institutions” grant in 2012. That five-year grant allowed the College to systematically change the way it interacts with students. SUNY Orange restructured its student services programs--particularly on the Middletown campus--into a single, comprehensive “one-stop” center called Student Services Central.
Student Services Central integrates the enrollment services of admissions, registration, financial aid, orientation and advising into a seamless process with one point of entry for all students. The restructured “bricks and mortar” Student Services Central is supported by a robust technological system that includes presentations, webinars, tutorials and other materials accessible around the clock via the MySUNYOrange online portal that was created by funds from the grant.
Prior to joining the SUNY Orange administrative team, Brusati spent 27 years at the New School in New York City. She began her tenure there as assistant dean for administration (1980-86) before ascending the ranks to hold the titles of director of educational advising and admissions (1986-98) and associate dean for admissions for the School of General Studies (1998-2007).
She graduated magna cum laude from Fordham University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in social science. She received her master’s degree in history from New York University and her graduate certificate in community college leadership from the University of Nebraska.