Upland, Indiana—Taylor University alumna Maribel Magallanes has been named Taylor University’s Interim Director of Student Leadership and Cultural Programs. In her new role, Magallanes will serve as one of two directors in the Office of Intercultural Programs (OIP) and will work with the OIP’s eight cultural student organizations. She will also provide leadership and vision for Taylor’s Act Six and Cultural Diversity Scholarship Programs.
Magallanes is a 2013 alumna of Taylor and last month graduated from Taylor’s Master of Arts in Higher Education (MAHE) program. According to Rev. Greg Dyson, Taylor’s Vice President for Intercultural Leadership, Magallanes brings extensive experience in cultural programming, strategic leadership, and cross-cultural organizational planning to this role. He added that she specializes in assisting with first-generation college students.
“Maribel is one of the hardest working and most intentional students we have had in MAHE,” said Dr. Timothy Herrmann, MAHE Director, Graduate Chair, and Professor of Higher Education. Herrmann worked with Magallanes as a MAHE student. “She excelled in MAHE and was a challenging, joyful, and healing presence to both her fellow students and her faculty. One faculty member said recently that few students have sacrificed more to be part of MAHE or brought more to the program.
“We are thrilled that she will be providing leadership in this important area and thrilled that Taylor will have the blessing of having her here,” he added.
Magallanes and her husband Diego (who has enrolled at Taylor for the fall) are parents to three children.
She began her role on June 8.