Tuesday August 13, 2013

MARLBORO -- Marlboro College has hired its new dean of students.

Xenia Markowitt Pedone, who served for 13 years at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., was named the new dean of students at Marlboro College on July 29.

She replaces former dean of students, and Brattleboro Selectboard member, Ken Schneck who moved from the area in June to work at Baldwin Wallace University outside of Cleveland, Ohio.

"Marlboro College's empowerment of students to take on the responsibility of their own education is rare," Markowitt said in a press release. "It makes for innovative student-centered education, in and out of the classroom, for which student life can be an engaged partner in learning."

Markowitt has a master's degree in Latin American and Caribbean studies from New York University, and a BFA in fine arts, film and television production from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.

She also served as instructor and adjunct in Spanish at Dartmouth and Keene State.

Markowitt is coming most recently from New York University Abu Dhabi, a new campus of 450 international students, where she helped to found the student affairs division.

She was responsible there for leading start up activities such as orientation, facilities management, human resources development, and communications.

She worked with students and faculty.

"I am a strong proponent of continued assessment and evaluation of our work to meet the quick-evolving technological and international interconnectedness of our students' needs," she said. "As Marlboro College works to achieve the goals of its strategic plan, the ability to think with creativity and innovation will be essential to its success and stature as a leader in the field of education."

"We are delighted to have someone of Xenia's experience leading the Student Life Office at Marlboro," college president Ellen McCulloch-Lovell said. "Her deep understanding of student affairs, faculty-student collaboration, diversity, community-based learning, crisis response, international learning, and leadership training will be a huge benefit to our academic community."

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