With the full approval of the Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS) Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2019, Dr. Charles Hammond will become Vice President for Church Relations and Dean of the Chapel and Mrs. Wanda Velez will become Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students.
Charles joined the staff of Nyack College and ATS in 2005 as assistant to the 11th president and was appointed New York City campus Dean of Students in 2009. In addition to his Nyack role, for nearly three decades, he has served as an associate pastor at The Brooklyn Tabernacle.
Vice President Hammond’s new role will include cultivating service, communication and collaboration between Nyack College and key ministry partners, senior and youth pastors in New York City; ministry to students, staff and faculty through programs, worship experiences, personal interaction, crisis-intervention and individual and/or group counseling; regular interaction with local pastors and with Christian professionals working on campus; and representing the College at church services, conferences and special events.
Wanda joined the staff of Nyack College in 2001 and served as the director of alumni relations until 2005. In 2003, while still managing her alumni relations role, she joined the Office of Student Development as the resident director for Simpson Hall, the women’s dormitory. In 2004, she was appointed director of resident life.
In 2010, Wanda was named Dean of Students on the Rockland County residential campus. An ordained minister since 2011, she has gained the trust and confidence of students, which continues to result in transformational impact on the lives of both student and staff leaders.
Vice President Velez, the first Latina in this executive post, is an alumna of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), Women’s Advanced Leadership Institute (WALI) and the Multi-Ethnic Leadership Development Institute (M-ELDI) and serves on the CCCU Commission for Chief Student Development Officers. She is a co-leader in the rite of passage program at Nyack called “Woman” and has been a beloved mentor since the program began nine years ago. In addition, she is a sought after conference speaker and panelist for higher education and ministry events.
Prayers for God’s favor, grace and wisdom are lifted for these two faithful servant leaders!