By John Cerretani
Current Director of Student Experience Sean Heffron has been appointed the position of Executive Director of Student Success at Sacred Heart University.
This is a newly created position due to the fast-growing student population of the university.
In moving to his new role, Heffron will be tasked with providing opportunities for the campus population to grow.
“I am honored to be given this opportunity,” said Heffron. “With the growing population on campus, the university is incorporating new resources along with old ones to help the student population be successful. We have some brilliant and dedicated people in each of our colleges and programs, and I am excited to work with all of them to learn the best ways to keep our students engaged.”
The creation of this role is in effort to assist students both inside and out of the classroom, as well as improve student retention rates.
“Sean has done an excellent job in his current role as the Director of Student Experience at the Welch College of Business, and he will bring the same energy and creativity to this new position,” said Dr. Rupendra Paliwal, University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
However, not all students on campus agree that the position is necessary.
“This position sounds unnecessary to me because every professor is there to help students succeed,” said junior Ethan Lonardelli. “There are plenty of resources available for students that this position is not needed.”
The position will consist of overseeing and developing student success initiatives in each of the colleges, as well as working closely with both Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. The position will also include incorporating the Jandridevits Learning Center (JLC) and their services.
“Under Sean’s leadership, the Student Success Center will be proactive in providing a comprehensive array of programs, resources, and services that advance academic success, skill development and a successful transition in and out of the university setting,” said Paliwal.
Being given this new position will expand Heffron’s area of opportunity to create experiences that will not only help students achieve their goals, but will help them as they enter the working world after graduation.
“This is a great new idea that Sacred Heart definitely needs and will be beneficial for the future,” said sophomore Nicole Sambuco. “This is a role that will help with the student population in cases that go beyond academics, as well as in the classroom.”