New Dean of One-Day Programs Appointed
LONGMEADOW, Mass.—Gina Joseph-Collins, EdD, has recently been appointed Dean of One Day Programs at Bay Path College. In this capacity, she will oversee Bay Path’s One-Day-a-Week Saturday College programs for adult women. The One-Day programs are offered at all three Bay Path campuses—Longmeadow, Burlington, and Central Massachusetts (Sturbridge/Charlton, MA).
“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Gina Joseph-Collins to Bay Path College as the new Dean of One Day Programs. She has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, notably working with adult learners,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs William L. Sipple. “Bay Path’s One-Day programs serve a growing population of adult women seeking an undergraduate degree, and she is committed to providing quality higher education opportunities to all women.”
Bay Path’s One-Day-A-Week Saturday College is one of the most successful adult degree programs in the Northeast. The One-Day-A-Week Saturday College has resonated with adult women from all ages and backgrounds, allowing them to balance work and life, while earning a college degree in 1 to 3 ½ years. By obtaining a college degree, graduates of the program have been able to transform their careers, personal and family lives, and, most importantly, gain a level of confidence and self-worth that provides a foundation for growth, resiliency, and accomplishment.
“I am thrilled to lead Bay Path’s innovative program for adult women, and to play a role in their undergraduate education as they continue to pursue their personal and professional goals,” said Dr. Joseph-Collins. “I’m inspired by the students’ dedication, experiences and passions. I’m looking forward to joining with the students, faculty, college and community to ensure their success.”
An invited conference speaker on such topics as effective decision-making strategies for adult learners, teachers as activists, leadership, curriculum development and community engagement, Joseph-Collins served as Director of College & University Partnerships at YMCA of the USA in Chicago before joining Bay Path. As director, she created and managed strategic partnerships with colleges and universities on a regional and national level by securing agreements with colleges and local YMCAs for new academic program offerings aimed at preparing college students for nonprofit leadership, among other responsibilities.
Prior to the YMCA of the USA, Joseph-Collins served as associate professor, associate dean of curriculum and instruction, acting dean, and project director of The Management Institute during her 11-year tenure at the School of Human Services at Springfield College. There, she served on a leadership team, which expanded undergraduate and graduate degree completion programs for adult learners from 600 students on three campuses to more than 1,700 students on 11 campuses. She worked with faculty to design and implement a range of courses focused on leadership, organizations, and community development. In addition to her career in education, Joseph-Collins has more than 15 years of experience in community organization and business management.
Joseph-Collins remains committed to public service, and she has served as a member of the National Association of Colleges & Employers, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Council for Standards in Human Services Education, American Association for University Professors (AAUP), and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, among others. She has also received several awards from organizations such as the Springfield Infant Mortality & Teenage Pregnancy Coalition, Greater Springfield Business Development Corporation, Urban League of Springfield, and Negro Business and Professional Women’s Association/Elm City Club.