Courtesy of NVCC Marketing Department
This spring the Danbury campus welcomes a new member to their administration, Associate Dean Anthony Santiago.
Anthony Santiago, originally from Bushwick in Brooklyn, New York, is excited and ready for his new position. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from S.U.N.Y. Purchase College after attending an alternative high school that promoted higher education and prepared them for their academic careers. Originally, Santiago attended a technical high school where he anticipated pursuing a career as an electrical engineer.
Upon graduation, Santiago said he found himself lacking motivation and drive while at Purchase College. It was a conversation with his academic advisor that jump-started his academic success. As a result of the conversation, Santiago said, “I was able to refocus my energy and motivation and successfully complete my undergraduate studies.” He then went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Management Communications from Manhattanville College.
Santiago entered a career in higher education as an academic advisor at Monroe College where he continued to give back to students and his community in many ways. He held the position of Assistant Dean at Manhattanville College where he worked closely with transfer students and various scholarship programs. Santiago was also the Dean of Advisement of the Westchester campus of Berkeley where he focused on student advising and enrollment management. Prior to coming to the Danbury campus, he worked as an academic coach at Western Connecticut State University.
Santiago was appointed as Assistant Dean this January. “In this role, I intend to continue to encourage and develop these relationships within the college and with the external community. I am a firm believer that a college education can open many doors to opportunities that were never imagined before.”
President Daisy Coco De Filippis said “I want him to be able to develop a good working relationship both with his immediate staff and with the rest of his colleagues here. I think a lot of hard work goes into these jobs, and being able to establish a trusting and good working rapport with your colleagues is essential.”
Santiago adds, “Students must take pride in what they are trying to accomplish with their education. By doing so, I believe that forming a connection to their school by building relationships with faculty, academic advisors, etc., can bridge the gap between their goals, aspirations and ultimately, their communities. My mission is to ensure the goals and initiatives of the college are communicated and provided for every student.”