LIU Names Dr. Jackie Nealon as Chief of Staff and Vice President of Enrollment, Campus Life and Communications
Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
Long Island University,
Brookville, N.Y. – Long Island University, one of the largest, private, multi-campus institutions of higher education in the United States, has appointed Dr. Jacquelyn Nealon as chief of staff and vice president of enrollment, campus life and communications. A member of LIU’s senior management team, Dr. Nealon reports to the president of Long Island University, Dr. Kimberly R. Cline.
An accomplished educational leader, Dr. Nealon will oversee the areas of admissions, enrollment, recruitment, financial services, academic and career planning, advertising, public relations, marketing, student success, retention, registration, residence life, nontraditional and adult student programs, and student life.
Dr. Nealon will be an integral part of the administration of LIU’s distinguished campuses and programs. LIU educates more than 24,500 students on six campuses throughout the New York metropolitan area. Its flagship campuses include LIU Post on the north shore of Long Island, in Brookville, N.Y.; LIU Brooklyn, in the heart of downtown, Brooklyn N.Y.; and LIU Global, which offers study abroad programs on four continents. LIU also has regional campuses in Rockland and Westchester Counties, N.Y., and two campuses located at Suffolk County Community College, the largest community college in New York state. Those campuses, LIU Riverhead and LIU Brentwood, are recognized for their landmark public-private partnership programs. Combined, LIU offers nearly 500 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and certificate programs.
Dr. Nealon served as vice president for enrollment, communications and marketing at NYIT from 2000 to 2013. During that time, she oversaw a strategic vision that led to strong gains in enrollment; expanded academic and community offerings; significant advances in financial aid; diversification of a student body across three metropolitan campuses; and the establishment of several institutes focused on entrepreneurship, engineering, and international education, among other achievements.
In addition, Dr. Nealon was instrumental in increasing the size and quality of the incoming classes at the NYIT’s two New York-based and six global campuses; implementing a strategic scholarship leveraging program; serving as the founding chairperson of the Enrollment Management Committee; and creating the Student Solutions Center unit. She also spearheaded the production of award-winning print and digital marketing materials and led the creation of a 21st-century website that fused traditional content with social media. She served as an adjunct associate professor of communications at NYIT for more than a decade.
Dr. Nealon has a well-rounded view of all areas of college life. A sought-after lecturer, she specializes in college affordability, financial aid, admissions and enrollment management. She has authored popular blogs for parents of college-age students struggling with empty-nest syndrome and the challenge of finding a university that matches the career trajectories and comfort level of students. In August, she was featured on TV and social media commenting on new legislation introduced by Congressman Steve Israel to provide tax credits on college tuition for middle-class families in New York.
“LIU is among the nation’s premier private universities and I am honored to serve in this key leadership position,” Dr. Nealon said. “I am excited about making an LIU education an unforgettable experience for our students and providing them with access to a quality education that develops their academic and professional talents.”
She added that LIU’s commitment to excellence is evident through its 11 nationally renowned schools of study, including the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Palmer School of Library and Information Science, and Harriett Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing, and more than 190,000 alumni who include the world's leading CEOs, academicians, artists, medical doctors and scientists.
“I look forward to working with the students, faculty, deans, president, board of trustees, and university leaders at a time of challenge, yet significant opportunity in higher education,” she added.
“Dr. Nealon has excellent skills, expertise and broad experience to serve in this role,” said President Cline. “I am confident in her ability to lead enrollment, campus life and communication and branding efforts at this important time for the University as we seize upon the national emphasis on the value and impact of private higher education.”
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Nealon, 45, earned a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania; a master’s degree in strategic leadership and communication from Seton Hall University; and a bachelor’s degree in English from Adelphi University. She resides in Wantagh, N.Y. with her three children, Matthew, Ryan and Jessie. Her appointment was effective July 1.
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