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Renee McNamara

Staff Spotlight: Renee McNamara

Renee McNamara joined the ESF in January as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. While her day-to-day tasks vary, the common thread is helping ensure student success. Renee joins us from the University of North Texas, where she has spent the last 15 years serving as an academic counselor, mentor, and in several leadership roles in student affairs. She holds a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and a bachelor’s degree in development and family studies.

How has she embraced the ESF community so far? Read on to find out.

Q: What would you like ESF students to know about you?
A: My door is open to all students who need assistance or support! It can be intimidating to reach out for help, but I assure any student that they will have an open and receptive audience in me. I have worked directly with students throughout my professional career, and I have seen students navigate some tough life challenges. In those cases, it is so important to ask for help when you need it.

Q: What are your responsibilities as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs?
A: No typical “Day in the Life” emerges for me. I serve as the primary contact for student crisis support, and work directly with students who may need assistance. I collaborate with staff and faculty to support student success, enhance the student experience, and develop programming across campus. I also help provide oversight to the Office of Student Success & Engagement, Community Standards, and the college’s grant-funded sexual assault prevention work.

Q: What is your favorite season?
A: I am very much looking forward to experiencing my first Syracuse fall. I have spent a good chunk of my life living in Texas, so the idea of beautiful leaves and picking apples is something I’m so excited to experience.

Q: What have you liked so far about working at ESF?
A: The students, staff and faculty are among the most passionate people I have encountered in my professional career. Their deep care for the environment and community inspires me to come in every day and do my very best.

Q: What has been your favorite Trailhead Café order so far?
A: Hands down a double chocolate chip muffin with a chai tea latte!

Welcome to ESF, Renee!