Tina Rajmaira has arrived at Westminster College ready to challenge students to grow into global leaders as she assumes the leadership role of Vice President and Dean of Student Life herself.
"I am looking forward to meeting each Westminster student as he and she arrives to campus," says Rajmaira. "In my first year as the new Dean of Students, my goal is to enhance the fantastic programs and services that are already offered at Westminster and spend time listening to the students. I hope as we start this new chapter of our lives together, we will both challenge and support each other."
Rajmaira arrives in Fulton from the University of California, Berkeley, where she served in a variety of roles over a 15 year period, including Director of Greek Life, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Center for Student Leadership.
In her previous position, she managed a staff of 15 as well as 30 student paraprofessionals and dozens of student volunteers in an office which offered wide-ranging, co-curricular activities for 30,000 students and over 900 student groups. She created and managed a $250,000 leadership scholarship program designed for transfer students and helped establish goals and program objectives as well as evaluating progress for all aspects of student life.
She holds a Master of Education degree in educational leadership from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences from the University of California, Irvine. She is a member of Delta Gamma and in her first professional position worked as a collegiate development consultant to the organization at its executive offices in Columbus, OH.
"I attended college at UC Irvine with the hopes of becoming a physician," Rajmaira explains. "Although I ended up not applying to medical school, I realized that what I gained from my undergraduate experience was invaluable leadership skills. That realization was my motivation to pursue a career in higher education so that I could help other young men and women maximize their leadership potential the way that others had done for me."
Rajmaira believes students should push the boundaries of their comfort zone by getting involved in something new and befriending someone different from themselves. She advises new college students to help ease the adjustment of college life by setting small goals, practicing healthy habits and balancing the academic life with other pursuits.
"Our students are attending Westminster because we believe they have what it takes to succeed at Westminster and be a positive, contributing member of our campus community," says Rajmaira. "During their time at Westminster we will prepare them to grow into global leaders ready to take on whatever life holds in store for them."
Rajmaira is joined in Fulton by her husband Neal and infant son Hanson.
"We are pleased to welcome Tina and her family to our Westminster community," says Westminster President Dr. George B. Forsythe. "Her extensive background in establishing and administering student life, Greek life and leadership programs makes her an ideal choice to be our new Dean of Student Life and I look forward to the energy and enthusiasm she will bring to Westminster."