Helen Castellanos named vice president of student development at Union County College in New Jersey
February 18, 2014
Union County College names Helen Castellanos Brewer VP of student development
With more than a decade of community college experience in student services, Helen Castellanos Brewer is a welcome addition to Union County College.
During the Jan. 28 Board of Trustees meeting, the college approved Brewer as the new Vice President of Student Development. She will join Union on Feb. 10 and manage the staff responsible for designing, maintaining, and improving the quality of professional support services for the college’s 12,000 students. The specific departments she will oversee are Counseling, the Educational Opportunity Fund, Financial Aid, Recruitment, and College Life, which includes athletics and student clubs.
Castellanos Brewer began her tenure in higher education 15 years ago and has worked in student affairs at both two-year and four-year colleges. Over the past decade, she has served at a community college—Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. Her most recent role was as Montgomery’s Associate Dean of Students.
President McMenamin said, “Our Student Development staff will benefit greatly from her leadership. She has extensive experience in student affairs and has first-hand knowledge about how to deliver the full range of services our students need and deserve.”
In fact, Castellanos Brewer’s experience includes student affairs leadership, implementation of student success initiatives, program management and administration, community outreach and recruitment, academic advising, career and personal counseling, judicial affairs, grant writing, program assessment, strategic planning, and leading an emergency response team to address students of concern.