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New dean at Cornell aims to ‘transform student experience’

Vijay Pendakur, who took over as the new Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students earlier this month, said he wanted to become a high school history teacher when he was in college.

“I grew up in a community where some of the smartest people I knew never got a shot at higher education,” Pendakur said. “In college, I thought about being a high school history teacher so that I could work with younger folks and empower them to succeed.”

Instead, he stumbled into student affairs through a series of chance encounters and decided to pursue a career in higher education because it fit strongly with his passions and strengths, according to Pendakur.

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