Dr. Mark F. Daddona, Clayton State University Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management & Academic Success, has announced three “new” additions to his division, most notably the creation of the First-Year Advising & Retention Center.
DeLandra Hunter joined Clayton State on Aug. 15 as the director of the First-Year Advising & Retention Center having previously served as the associate director of the EXCEL Center for Academic Success at the University of West Georgia.
“DeLandra brings more than 10 years experience in advising, academic support, minority student programs, service learning, and teaching,” says Daddona. “We are excited to appoint him as the first director of this new center.”
The First-Year Advising & Retention Center is located in room 141 of the newly renovated Natural and Behavioral Sciences Building, and will officially open on Wednesday, Sept. 7. The center’s staff will be responsible for implementing comprehensive academic advising and retention initiatives for first-time freshmen (full- and part-time) and undeclared students with less than 30 credit hours. In addition, the Learning Communities and the CSU1022-University Foundations course will be coordinated through the center.
Although she’s hardly new to Clayton State, Kathy Garrison, now in her 23rd year at the University, has (sort of) a new title. Garrison, previously the interim director of the Center for Academic Success, has been named director of the Center for Academic Success by Daddona. Garrison has also previously served as the assistant director of the Center.
Finally, beginning Thursday, Sept. 1, the Department of Orientation & New Student Programs will join the Division of Enrollment Management & Academic Success.
“Under the continued outstanding leadership of Celena Milner, this addition to the Division will allow us to continue streamlining programs and services within the Division and to expand our collaborative efforts across campus,” notes Daddona.