About Us


The Division of Academic Affairs provides the leadership to support and facilitate the work of the faculty and staff in their efforts to assist the college in achieving its mission of preparing students for professional excellence in design and business through rigorous and adaptable academic programs, experiential learning, and innovative partnerships. Working in concert with other administrative units throughout the college, the division seeks to foster an environment in which collaboration and teamwork are highly valued between and among the academic schools, the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies, the offices of International Education, Online Learning and Academic Technology, Faculty Services, the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Internship Studies, Institutional Research & Effectiveness, and Academic Student Support Services.

Academic Affairs Team

Dr. Yasemin Jones, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs
[email protected] , Ext. 7-4040 

Dr. Sidney Alfonso Grimes, Jr., Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Operations
[email protected], Ext. 7-4049

Dr. Deborah Klesenski-Rispoli, Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
[email protected] , Ext. 7-4052  

Gwendolyn Ferguson-PughExecutive Director for Academic Affairs Personnel Administration
[email protected], Ext. 7-4046

Alex Nazarov, Coordinator for Student Contests & Industry-Sponsored Projects
[email protected], Ext. 7-4051

Cinthia Policard, Administrative Coordinator
[email protected], Ext. 7-4053

Linda Rivera, Executive Coordinator to the Vice President for Academic Affairs
[email protected], Ext. 7-4047

Vacant, Operations and Planning Manager 

Devon Vidal, Interim Assistant Dean for Curriculum
[email protected] , Ext. 7-4045

Johanna Wilson, Executive Coordinator for Curriculum 
[email protected], Ext. 7-4054

Grace Pasion, Clerical Assistant/Receptionist for Academic Affairs Operations 
[email protected], Ext. 7-4044