January 31, 2019

Mount Olive resident Devon Vialva appointed to newly-created post

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J., Jan. 31, 2019—Centenary University recently appointed Devon Vialva of Mount Olive as its assistant dean of diversity. The newly-created position illustrates the University’s commitment to support an increasingly diverse student population, with an ultimate goal of enhancing the success of all students.

“This new position advances goals outlined in Centenary’s strategic plan to foster a campus culture that is characterized by mutual respect and inclusive dialogue through a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion,” said Kerry Mullins, vice president for student life and dean of students. “When students feel welcomed and valued, it enhances their connection with the University community.”

In his new role, Vialva will advance co-curricular programming that supports diversity on campus and promotes acceptance and understanding of different cultural backgrounds. He will also partner with faculty members to incorporate cultural competency into Centenary’s curriculum, enhancing the ability of graduates to navigate within today’s global marketplace.

Vialva earned an undergraduate degree from Centenary in 1997, and a master’s in public administration from the University in 2008. He also serves as director of Centenary’s Educational Opportunity Program. Vialva, who grew up in Newark, N.J., noted that his experiences often resonate with Centenary students of similar backgrounds: “It’s hard for me to say that I’m a role model for students. But I am an example of someone who comes from the inner city, and who benefited from the advantages of education. Today, I tell students, ‘You don’t have to lose who you are or where you came from. The goal is to make sure that everybody has the opportunity to be themselves.’”

ABOUT CENTENARY UNIVERSITY

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix provides an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world. The University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township. The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs at two locations, Parsippany and Edison, as well as online and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.