Name: John Van Brunt, Acting Assistant Vice President of Admissions
Hometown: Roxbury, New Jersey
Degree: B.S. in Business Management, MBA in Management
Alma Mater: Monmouth University
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with family and friends. Playing and watching sports.
Contact me: (908) 737-7134, email@example.com
Name: Sandra Mazara-Wheeler, Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Hometown: South Orange, New Jersey
Degree: B.A. in sociology, minor in business
Alma Mater: Rutgers University - Newark
Hobbies/Interests: Dancing, reading and spending time with my family.
Specialties: EPIC Program
Contact me: (908) 737-7113, firstname.lastname@example.org
I've always had a passion for access to education; to me, it's the great equalizer. Throughout my career I've been fortunate to work at institutions that are committed to diversity and serving their community, and Kean University is no exception. Kean enrolls a significant number of first-generation college students, thereby providing a transformational educational experience for students and their families.
Name: Ryan Alston, Associate Director
Hometown: Neptune, New Jersey
Degree: B.S. in mass communication/media studies, M.S. in industrial and organizational psychology
Alma Mater: Wilkes University (B.S.), Grand Canyon University (M.S.)
Hobbies/Interests: Youth sports coaching, exercising and Yankees baseball.
Recruitment Territory: Essex County
Specialties: EOF, Passport
Contact me: (908) 737-7107, email@example.com
I love the close-knit, family feel of Kean University. We're able to create personal connections with our students and their families that are unique to higher education, and truly make Kean feel like home away from home. Further, the proximity of our main campus in Union to New York City creates boundless opportunities for internships and careers, and our connection to the Jersey shore at Kean Ocean further expands our reach.
Name: Daniel Flores, Admissions Counselor
Hometown: Hillside, New Jersey
Degree: A.A. in computer information systems, B.S. in management information systems, MBA in management
Alma Mater: Union County College (A.A.), Bloomfield College (B.S.), Felician University (MBA)
Hobbies/Interests: Soccer, basketball and gaming.
Recruitment Territory: Lower Passaic and Union Counties
Specialties: Supera (Spanish Speaking Program)
Contact me: (908) 737-7121, firstname.lastname@example.org
Growing up in Elizabeth, and now residing in Hillside, I've always been drawn to Kean University. Not only because of its proximity to my house, but for the excellent reputation it has developed in my community throughout the years. It has become a special place, where young minds are set free in pursuit of their goals and aspirations. I am happy to contribute to our unique atmosphere, and hope to help students leave an everlasting legacy at our University.
Name: Keri Brozyna, Admissions Counselor
Hometown: Jackson, New Jersey
- B.S., Business Administration
Ramapo College of New Jersey (B.S.)
Georgian Court University (M.B.A)
Hobbies/Interests: Going to the beach, riding my bike, being outdoors, shopping, and spending time with my family.
Recruitment Territory: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Monmouth, Ocean and Salem County.
Contact me: (908) 737-7147, email@example.com
Deciding where to spend your next four years can be a tough decision. Once you visit our campus, you will feel a sense of community and experience what it is like to find your new home. I am grateful to help students build their legacy here at Kean. We are dedicated to academic excellence for everyone. You will find there are many ways to get involved, whether you are catching the train to New York City, joining one of our 160 clubs and organizations, or landing a top internship within your field. The possibilities are endless, and your journey has just begun!
Name: Kirsten Bowens, Admissions Counselor
Hometown: Mahwah, New Jersey
Degree: B.S. in Sport Management, M.A. in Education (Higher Education)
Alma Mater: Saint Augustine’s University (B.S.), Saint Peter’s University (M.A.)
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with family, coaching youth Track & Field, cooking, soul/Gospel music, poetry books, and hiking.
Recruitment Territory: Bergen, Hudson, Hunterdon, Morris, Sussex, Upper Passaic and Warren Counties.
Contact me: (908) 737-7126, firstname.lastname@example.org
Being a first-generation student from a historically black college, I feel right at home at Kean University. Kean provides a commitment to diversity and equitable treatment of all members of its community in every facet of campus life. As an admissions counselor, my job is more than counseling families in the application process. It's about getting students excited to turn their dreams into a reality!
Name: Jose Angel Rodriguez
Hometown: Elizabeth, New Jersey
Degree: B.A. Communication Studies | Public Relations
Alma Mater: Kean University
Hobbies/Interests: Baseball, Hockey, Reading
Recruitment Territory: Middlesex, Mercer and Somerset counties.
Contact me: (908) 737-7104, email@example.com
Kean University has always been a huge part of my life. Having grown up in such close proximity I have had the unique opportunity to see it grow into the campus that it is today. When the time came for me to choose where I would be pursuing my bachelor's degree there was no place I wanted to go to more than Kean. Now I share my personal experiences as an alumni and hope to show the next generation what Kean University can offer them. If you are looking for a place to call home and experience where a World-Class education can take you, look no further than Kean.
Name: Kristian Zimmerman, Admissions Counselor
Hometown: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Degree: B.A. in Religious Studies, M.A. in History
Alma Mater: Penn State University (B.A.), Millersville University of Pennsylvania (M.A.)
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, reading, gaming, enjoying time with my family.
Recruitment Territory: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia
Contact me: (908) 403-0315, firstname.lastname@example.org
Finding the right college for you is one of the most important decisions you will make. It has to give you not only the education and experience you need for your future career, but it is also the place where you will live, learn, work, socialize, and ultimately graduate. I believe that finding the right college for you is a good feeling you get, like falling in love. Come to campus, take a tour, talk with students and professors, and experience the campus culture for yourself. Then in a few years, as you walk across the stage at your graduation, with your friends and family cheering you on, you can smile to yourself and say, "I'm so glad I fell in love with Kean."
Name: Paul Singh, Associate Director of Transfer Admissions
Hometown: Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Degree: Associate Degree in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - General Management, Master of Art in Liberal Arts - Online Learning and Teaching
Alma Mater: Middlesex College & Thomas Edison State University
Hobbies/Interests: Weight training, handball, hiking, travel, spending time with family, going to the beach and networking.
Specialties: Pathway to Kean
Contact Me: (908) 737-7179 / email@example.com
Transfer students are unique individuals because they each have a story attached to their educational journey; from attending multiple institutions, managing their households and/or other important responsibilities. At Kean University, we value all our transfer students who are considering us to earn their credentials to achieve their goals. We know students can go anywhere but when they consider Kean University, we take that thought process seriously and pride ourselves in providing the best experience in their transition to Kean University. What I love about Kean University is the diversity, access to world-class education, faculty/staff who are dedicated to the student's journey while committing to our local communities to uplift and revive the economy.
Name: Amy Clark
Contact me: (908) 737-7100, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hometown: Sayreville, New Jersey
Degree: B.A. in Communication Disorders & Deafness
Alma Mater: Kean University
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my family and Disney.
Recruitment Territory: Middlesex College & Hudson County Community College
Transfer Credit Evaluations: The Dorothy and George Hennings College of Science, Mathematics and Technology
As an alumna, I have experienced, first-hand, the connected and comprehensive learning environment that exists at Kean University. Whether within the classroom or out on campus, Kean’s tight-knit atmosphere is apparent. You can witness student camaraderie when you walk through the halls the Miron Student Center, Nancy Thompson Library, or even along Cougar Walk. You will always see students gathering to study or socialize wherever you are on campus. Kean students are also able to learn from highly regarded professors who are experts in their field. The faculty is always willing to help and available for their students. The faculty expertise and accessibility are what sets Kean apart from other Universities. While attending Kean University to obtain my Bachelor’s degree, I learned not only the material in the classroom, but life lessons that have remained with me long after graduation. Kean University students are fortunate to have the opportunity to study on a picturesque, intimate campus while receiving a World-Class Education.
Name: Emiley Candido
Hometown: Hillside, NJ
Degrees: A.A.S. in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, B.A. Elementary Education K-5 (Academic Major: Mathematics)
Alma Mater: Berkeley College (A.A.S.), Kean University (B.A.)
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, Beach lover, Spending time with family and friends.
Recruitment Territory: Brookdale Community College & Raritan Valley Community College
Transfer Credit Evaluations: College of Education & Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
Kean University's commitment to student success and world-class education makes our institution a multi-ethnic hub of global learning and academic practice. I am proud to be a part of such a thriving, diverse campus community and aid our students, staff, and faculty in their highest pursuits.
Name: Harold H. Carias
Hometown: Elizabeth, New Jersey
Degrees: B.A. Communication
Alma Mater: Kean University
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with family and friends, attending sport events, and visiting New York City.
Recruitment Territory: County College of Morris, Sussex County Community College, Union College, and Warren County Community College.
Transfer Credit Evaluations: College of Liberal Arts
Contact Phone/Email: (908) 737-7106, email@example.com
As an alumnus and a first-generation college graduate, I am proud to be a part of a welcoming and diverse environment which Kean University offers to our multicultural students, faculty, and staff. I am honored to share my experiences as a Kean University graduate and now as a transfer counselor to all prospective students. Kean University is here to transform our diverse students into impactful global community members through engaged learning, excellence in teaching, applied and pedagogical scholarship, and service, providing leading-edge management programs in a world class, innovative, and inclusive environment throughout our regions.
Name: Pedro Lopes, Associate Director
Contact me: (908) 737-7119, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hometown: North Brunswick, New Jersey
Degree: B.S. in sociology, minor in communications
Alma Mater: Rutgers University – New Brunswick
Hobbies/Interests: Coaching soccer
The welcoming campus community, friendly student body, and the continuous and positive facility enhancements. Key advantages Kean offers to its students/graduates: Kean University offers our students an affordable education. Our small class size will create an atmosphere where our students and professors will interact with each other in a personal way — you’ll know your professors. Our location with easy and quick access to New York City will ensure our students have the world (every industry) at their fingertips. Kean’s commitment to a world-class education by continuously building state-of-the-art facilities will allow our students access to the newest technology and best educational spaces. Lastly, Kean University will give you a diverse educational community, beautiful and inviting campus, and an arena where you will grow into a global citizen.
Name: Alexis Wallace
Contact me: (908) 737-7132, email@example.com
Hometown: Bridgewater, New Jersey
Degree: B.S. Social Behavioral Sciences; Minor: Allied Health
Alma Mater: Seton Hall University
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, helping animals, painting, drawing, and enjoying good food with family and friends.
Kean University’s beautiful, inviting campus is complemented by its diverse student body and dedicated faculty and staff. It provides students with a place where they can grow not only academically, but personally, socially and culturally. Receiving a world-class education so close to NYC also provides opportunities to obtain internships and real-world experiences. More than just a school, Kean provides its students with a culturally inclusive learning environment where anything is possible and everyone is valued.
Name: Michael Villanella, Director
Hometown: Berkeley Heights, NJ
Degree: B.A. in Psychology, M.Ed. in Adult Education
Alma Mater: Monmouth University, University of Phoenix
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with family and friends. Watching sports, walking through nature, swimming, fishing,
Specialties: Helping students, organizations and companies. Whether with Online students, Graduate students or partnerships.
Name: Anisah Abdul-Baasit, Associate Director
Hometown: Irvington, NJ
Degrees: B.F.A Visual Communications-Graphic Design
Alma Mater: Kean University
Hobbies/Interests: Travel and Food
Contact Phone/Email: 908-737-3239, firstname.lastname@example.org
I have grown so much through my degree programs and experiences throughout the campus as a student, as well as a professional. I have the privilege to work on career goals of my own at the school I call home -- and without my world-class Kean education , my story might be completely different! I love Kean University because it allows students the opportunity to grow into the professional individuals of their dreams. The connections made along the way just make the experience that much stronger and can provide students with endless possibilities!
Name: Carl Wiltsee
Hometown: Wenonah, NJ
Degrees: B.A. in History, minor in Theater Arts. Certificate in Technical Filmmaking
Alma Mater: Rutgers University(New Brunswick), New York University.
Hobbies/Interests: Film, theater, podcasts, cooking, camping, spending time with family and friends.
Contact Phone/Email: 908-737-3239, email@example.com
Working at Kean University inspires me every single day. Kean is recognized by U.S. News as a top-performing school for diversity and both social mobility and innovation. Kean embraces what I’ve always considered to be the true mission of education - to open the doors of learning to all who desire it and help them find the path from who they are to who they want to become. As the KEANetwork Representative, I help achieve this goal by forming partnerships with businesses and organizations and ensuring that their members have an open door into all that Kean offers.
Name: Leigh M. LeBlanc
Hometown: Newark, NJ
Degree: B.A. Psychology
Alma Mater: Lincoln University, PA
Hobbies/Interests: Lover of music, fun adventures with my daughter and a unique eye for everything fashion!
Specialties: KEANetwork, Office of Transformational Learning and External Affairs
Kean University creates a path to making your career aspirations attainable! If your learning style brings you on campus to one of our state of the art classrooms, put your best foot forward. If you prefer Online Learning, allow me to help you get acclimated to taking courses virtually. It has truly been a joy assisting prospective cougars in their first step to all of their educational possibilities. The KEANetwork bridges working adults, to lasting careers and beyond. Bring your friend or even a colleague along for this momentous ride. My door is always open, and I'm always eager to assist! COUGARS CLIMB HIGHER!
Name: Brian McCormack
Hometown: Nutley, NJ
Degree: B.S. in Business Administration
Alma Mater: Berkeley College, NJ
Hobbies/Interests: Enjoying the company of my beautiful daughter Maddie, Golf, Hockey and my beloved NJ DEVILS
Assisting Online Students at Kean University in their educational journey, inspires me every day. Kean is one of the largest schools in this area, but through the customer service of our wonderful team, still maintains a warm family knit environment. I am proud to be part of this organization that helps change so many lives. Cougars Climb Higher!
Contact Me: (908)737-4008, firstname.lastname@example.org
Name: Christina Vazquez, Acting Associate Director, Kean Ocean Admissions
Hometown: Union, New Jersey
Degree: B.S. in theatre, M.A. in sociology/social justice
Alma Mater: Kean University
Hobbies/Interests: Yoga, Pilates/Barre, Crossfit, reading and volunteering with animal rescue groups.
Contact me: (908) 737-7110, email@example.com
The faculty at Kean are inspirational. They are all practicing professionals in their career fields. Kean is a large public institution yet maintains the intimate and personal experience of a small private school. Kean students receive a world-class education, with access to an abundance of internship opportunities and a preparedness for the real world.
Name: Richard Harrell
Hometown: Toms River, NJ
Degree: BA, Elementary Education/ English
Alma Mater: Kean University
Hobbies/Interests: Drawing, Writing, Cooking/Baking, Playing Basketball
Contact Phone/Email: (732) 535-1712, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kean University is not only a place of higher education; but is a place where students can grow personally, socially and culturally. As a proud alumnus, Kean not only yielded me my Bachelor's degree but exposed me to cultures, languages and people that I would have never met. Diversity is the cornerstone of the University. From our faculty and staff, to the academic majors and extra curricular opportunities; the university prepares its students for life beyond their degree.
Thank you for your interest in Kean. Hopefully, you’ve had some time to explore our website and have started to discover some of the many advantages Kean University has to offer.
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