Enhancing the Student Experience
"Given Dean Valentini’s background and concentration in the classroom, admittedly, at first blush, I was skeptical about his ability to succeed in this administrative role. Quickly, I learned that not only did he encourage others, but he also approached his own work with ‘a Beginner's Mind,’ and was willing to put in an exorbitant amount of time to understand all aspects of the student experience. Throughout much of his deanship, we have communicated round-the-clock, shared ideas and brainstormed which areas were in most need of revitalization or change. He has advocated tirelessly and listened earnestly. It has been an honor to be part of his senior staff, and I will carry with me his compassion, curiosity and commitment to enhance the Columbia College student experience."
Dean of Undergraduate Student Life