Hancock College Hires New Dean of Student Services | Education

Hancock College has appointed Genevieve Siwabessy as its new Associate Superintendent and Vice President of Student Services to oversee financial aid, admissions and more.

Siwabessy, who recently served as dean of student success and support programs at Cuesta College, was one of four finalists for the job before Hancock’s board officially hired her on June 14. .

“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Siwabessy to our Hancock family,” said Kevin Walthers, superintendent and chairman. “She brings a wealth of experience in higher education and has a genuine passion for student-focused inclusion, equity and success.”

Including her role at Cuesta, Siwabessy has over 18 years of experience in higher education across California.

Some of her other recent positions include Dean of Student Services at Woodland Community College and several roles at the Los Rios Community College District, which serves the greater Sacramento area. She holds a degree in history from UC Davis, a master’s degree in higher education leadership from CSU Sacramento, and a doctorate in education from UC Davis and Sonoma State University.

“I am thrilled to have been selected to join Bulldog Nation as the next Associate Superintendent and Vice President of Student Services,” she said. “I look forward to building on Hancock’s reputation for providing students with a high-quality student experience alongside engaged colleagues who actively support the college’s mission and the transformative nature of education.”

In her role as Vice President of Student Services, Siwabessy will focus on student success by providing leadership, management and oversight of the college’s student services division, which includes admissions and records, financial aid, counseling and other important services.

According to Hancock staff, Siwabessy will use its experience and proven track record of collaboration, innovation and positive relationship building to develop student-centered, equity-focused programs.

Under his stewardship will be spaces like the recently expanded Veterans Success Center, which was designed and built with grants after outgrowing its original campus space. In addition to providing workspace, the center provides access to campus resources such as tutoring, health services, and registration assistance.

“A lot of veterans come from a very structured, tight unit lifestyle to become individuals as students and that can be difficult. It’s one of our goals to help model this cohort for them,” said Stephanie Crosby, director of the Learning Assistance Program, Student Health Services and Veteran Success Center, at the inauguration ceremony in May.

The newest program under the Student Services banner will be Californians for All College Corps. Hancock will be one of 48 of 400 California colleges to offer students $10,000 in exchange for 450 hours of community service throughout the academic year. The first program of its kind was created at the initiative of Governor Gavin Newsom.

“For our students, debt becomes a huge barrier for them, so our students can’t take as many classes as they normally would or can’t graduate on time and sometimes have to work,” said Walthers at a College Corps recruiting event. in May. “The College Corps will help students graduate on time without going into debt and continuing their education.”

Siwabessy will begin her role overseeing these programs and more on July 5.