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Dean Michael Salmon

Dean Michael Salmon

Michael G. Salmon, M.Sc. has been appointed by Marymount Manhattan College President Kerry Walk to the role of Assistant Vice President/Dean of Academic Excellence and Senior Advisor to the President.

Michael was born and raised in Jamaica. He was the first in his family to attend college.

When he enrolled at The UWI Mona, he met world-renowned economist, Dr. George Beckford, a leading scholar of plantation economics, who became his mentor and inspired him to reach higher, even offering Salmon, at this point a young man of great promise, his first teaching position with the University. The positive impact of Dr. Beckford’s mentorship changed Salmon’s life.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from University of the West Indies, he became a graduate student at New York University, where he was supported in his studies and ambitions by mentors and leaders in the field.

In 1993, a fortunate turn of events brought Salmon to MMC as an Economics instructor. He continues to teach one course each semester to this day. At MMC, it didn’t take very long for Prof. Salmon to make the transition to Dean Salmon, an advisor who became the leader of the Office of Academic Advisement for nearly two decades. He worked tirelessly and enthusiastically to build Academic Advisement into the trusted and caring office it is today.

In recent years, MMC’s Center for Academic Support and Tutoring (CAST) and Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) were added to his portfolio of his responsibilities. HEOP has a special place in his heart.

Dean Salmon has naturally been a force behind the development of many other programs that support students’ success, including the Peer Leaders Program, the First Generation Program, and the new LINK Program, a holistic advising program for first-year students.

He was deeply involved in developing MMC’s 2018 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategic Plan. “Especially in recent years, I think the College has doubled down on our commitment to social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion,” he says. “We’ve committed ourselves more to supporting these students.”

An award-winning higher education leader on the national stage, Dean Salmon will now be using the lessons and experience garnered over a lifetime to reach an even wider circle of MMC students, alumni, families, and friends in his new role.



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