Dean of Students Mamta Accapadi has been named vice president of student services at Rollins College in Florida. She will begin her new job in August.
“OSU is such a special community. Over the past four years, I have cherished serving our community in ways that make our campus a more caring and welcoming place for students,” Accapadi said. “To be a part of the student affairs collective, and the broader Beaver Nation has been a gift. I only hope I can take what I have learned here at OSU and serve others in the same way.”
Accapadi came to Oregon State University in March 2009 from a position at University of Texas, Austin. The Texas native arrived with her husband Jos, who also took a position at OSU, and their then 9-month-old daughter, Saaya.
During her stay at OSU, Accapadi became engaged with students on many levels. Her freshman introductory course on Harry Potter, “Finding Your Patronus” drew national media attention for its unique take on teaching students how to deal with a range of professorial personalities.
Accapadi also led an interfaith and service initiative on campus that focused on interreligious communication and domestic poverty, as part of President Obama’s “Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge” in 2011.
In fall 2011, Accapadi, her husband and daughter participated in the Semester at Sea program. She was named Dean of Students for the trip, and traveled around the world aboard ship with 500 undergraduate and graduate students, spending 110 days visiting 10 different countries. Her meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu was one of the highlights of the trip. You can read about her journey here: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/accapadisatsea/
Vice Provost for Student Affairs Larry Roper has worked closely with Accapadi during her time at OSU.
“It’s a great recognition to her to have the opportunity to be come a vice president for student services,” Roper said. “She’ll perform marvelously.”
~ Theresa Hogue