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May 27, 2015 |

Director of ACE DeLandra Hunter headshot.

John Jay College of Criminal justice

It is an honor to lead the John Jay ACE Program and guide students as they work toward completion of bachelor’s degrees. I bring nearly 15 years of leadership experience in facilitating student learning and fostering student progression and retention to John Jay College.

Prior to joining John Jay’s ACE team, I served as Director of the First-Year Advising and Retention Center at Clayton State University in Georgia where I oversaw the center’s First-year Experience and Learning Community programs for over 500 first-year students. As the center’s charter director, I developed and implemented a variety of academic advising and retention strategies to increase students’ first- to second-year retention and continued progress. Most notably, our academic advising was recognized by the National Academic Advising Association as an Outstanding Institutional Advising Program award winner.

During my tenure at University of West Georgia as the Associate Director of the EXCEL Center for Academic Success, I expanded the peer tutoring program, incorporated service learning into peer mentoring programs, and established supplemental instruction and sophomore-year programs.

Just as my undergraduate and graduate experiences at Jacksonville State University prepared me for professional success, I look forward to providing a similar experience for John Jay ACE students. I will provide learning resources and an active network of individuals and programming that engages students in the college experience, establishes a foundation for academic success, and leads to degree completion and further commitment to career and personal educational goals.