Rollins’ Center for Career & Life Planning Announces New Executive Director

January 13, 2023

By Office of Marketing

The appointment of executive director Valerie Mandel kicks off a new era at the Center for Career & Life Planning.

Valerie Mandel
Valerie Mandel

The Center for Career & Life Planning is set to welcome Valerie Mandel as its new executive director in early February.

Mandel previously served as the interim executive director of career services at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, and brings with her a passion for career engagement, outcomes, and development. Her appointment coincides with a planned reimagining of the Center for Career & Life Planning, which situates its mission-centered work within Rollins Gateway and other high-impact student engagement programs.

With an undergraduate degree in liberal studies, a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs, and 12 years as a seasoned career engagement professional, Mandel is committed to the Rollins ethos of applied learning, global citizenship, and a 21st-century career-readiness model. She is well known and respected in the field, serving as president of the Florida Association of Colleges & Employers and chair for Professional Development Scholarships & Research Fellowships with the Southern Association of Colleges & Employers.

“Valerie understands our vision for powerful partnerships across Academic Affairs and Student Affairs with an emphasis on the importance of a liberal arts education and career outcomes,” says Donna Lee, vice president of student affairs. “She is excited to work with faculty, staff, employers, and community leaders to foster experiences and opportunities for students and alumni to leverage their education through meaningful career and life pursuits.”

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