Zelaya-Leon named assistant dean for the center for career and professional success

January 17, 2023

Zelaya-Leon named assistant dean for the center for career and professional success

Tricia Zelaya-Leon

Tricia Zelaya-Leon has joined the Center for Career and Professional Success as the assistant dean, effective January 9. She most recently served as the director of the Center for Career and Professional Development at Kalamazoo College. Zelaya-Leon has over two decades of higher education experience in the areas of graduate education, student development and assessment, and student success.

She is an active contributor to the field through her scholarship and engagement within the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and local and regional executive boards.  Most noteworthy have been her contributions to the field of career services, where she has dedicated herself to implementing intentional initiatives that prepare today's college graduates for meaningful and productive career success.

Originally from Cincinnati, she earned a BS in Spanish Education and MA in Higher Education from Ohio University. She began her professional career in housing at Ohio State, during which time she also completed a PhD in Higher Education and Student Affairs. "The Ohio State University is where I first honed my professional skillset, so it is fitting that I get to come back home and share with this community my passion for career preparation,” Zelaya-Leon said. “It is an honor to serve Arts and Sciences students and alumni in this role, and I can't wait to further our efforts toward preparing students for a lifetime of opportunity.”

As the assistant dean, she will oversee the delivery of services and staff in three core areas that include Career and Professional Advising, Employer and Alumni (as employers) Engagement, and Operations. Zelaya-Leon will also coordinate with the Ohio State career services community to maximize the offerings of the Center for Professional and Career Success. “The college is thrilled that Tricia will be stepping into this role,” said Andrew Martin, associate dean for undergraduate education. “Her energy, vision, and commitment to student success make her the ideal person to lead the center.”

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