Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Sharon A. Jones said Hillyard will transition the First Year and Pre-Major Program, which she has been leading since 2016, to the new student success initiative.
“This allows us to center on the academic life cycle of our students, to ensure resources are aligned and that a vision for student success is consistent and aspirational, and that we continue to improve the effectiveness of our programs,” Jones said. “Cinnamon is focused on the type of data-driven decision making that will allow us to make concrete steps. She also consistently demonstrates that she is an empathetic leader with a deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”
Hillyard said she hopes to take her experience and the collaborations she has established on campus and make real change.
“I’m excited to use those lessons to tackle our long-standing retention goals, propel our graduate programs, and ensure more students achieve their graduation and career goals,” Hillyard said. “This role will be able to rally our collective commitment, identify measurable goals and act.”
The associate vice chancellor for student success is a member of the leadership team on academic strategy and policy and reports to Jones. Hillyard was selected from three finalists put forward by a search committee.