Veronica Owles has been named the new dean of students at Kendall Campus.
Owles, who served as the associate and assistant director for campus life and orientation at Florida International University for the last 10 years, said her focus will remain the same at MDC: the students.
“I am very excited about [Owles] joining us,” said Kendall Campus President Lourdes Oroza. “She brings fresh ideas and has a strong background in student affairs.”
Owles will be taking over for Sol Gonzalez, who served as interim dean of students for the last year and a half.
Gonzalez will return to her previous position as director of the New Student Center at Kendall Campus.
“I am happy to return to my previous position,” Gonzalez said. “I find it very rewarding to serve the students and the college and I feel that as long as I provide for the students, I will return to the New Student Center gladly.”
Owles holds a doctorate degree in higher education administration from FIU; a master’s degree in higher education counseling and development from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Longwood University, both in Virginia.
She also teaches a gay and lesbian across society class at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus.
She has been teaching the course since the spring semester of 2008.
Owles, said she feels the transition to MDC will be a smooth one.
“The Kendall Campus has a similar student population to FIU’s,” Owles said.