Tulane School of Professional Advancement Mississippi Coast Campus Announces New Hires

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Tulane School of Professional Advancement welcomes Vanessa Rodriguez, J.D., M.A. and Ian August to the staff at the Mississippi Coast campus.

I hope to further nurture and develop relationships with campus and community partners on both the Mississippi Coast and in New Orleans to remove barriers to identified paths of success for Tulane School of Professional Advancement students,” said Vanessa Rodriguez, Assistant Dean.

The Tulane School of Professional Advancement announces the addition of Vanessa Rodriguez, J.D., M.A. as assistant dean for student support and success and Ian August as admissions coordinator.

Ms. Rodriguez joins the School of Professional Advancement leadership team after serving as director of student conduct at Tulane University since 2015. During her tenure as director, Ms. Rodriguez led the investigation and resolution of all student conduct concerns and spearheaded the revision of the Code of Student Conduct in 2017. Before her service for the University, she worked as a psychotherapist in New York City, providing individual and group counseling through a variety of non-profit organizations. In her work, she specialized in counseling clients who were HIV+, undocumented, LGBTQ+, homeless or victims of trauma. After six years of practice, Ms. Rodriguez then returned home to the South and enrolled in Tulane Law School. There she was named a member of Tulane 34 and proceeded to work as a mediator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New Orleans Community-Police Mediation Program before becoming the chief law clerk for Judge Pro Tempore Lynn Luker in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court. Ms. Rodriguez is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Panama City, Panama.

“I hope to further nurture and develop relationships with campus and community partners on both the Mississippi Coast and in New Orleans to remove barriers to identified paths of success for Tulane School of Professional Advancement students,” said Rodriguez.

Mr. August joins Tulane School of Professional Advancement as admissions coordinator for the Mississippi Coast campus. Previously a senior admissions associate at Virginia College, Mr. August hails from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, born at Keesler Air Force Base and raised in Biloxi. Mr. August played football collegiately at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Ga., before transferring to William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Miss., where he received his B.S. in Business Management. He began his career as a marketing assistant for the Gulf Coast Exploreum and Science Center in Mobile, Ala. Ian later worked in various areas of business, including logistics, sales, marketing and contract negotiations among others. He has spent the last three-and-a-half years pursuing his passion for helping others through education. When he is not working, Mr. August enjoys spending time mentoring young athletes, reading books and trying new restaurants. He continues to reside on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

“I'm excited to be blessed with the opportunity to work with an institution of the caliber of Tulane in their quest to positively impact the Mississippi Coast through education,” said August. “I hope to continue to grow Tulane as an asset in the Mississippi Coastal Community through education, service and dedication.”

Students at Tulane School of Professional Advancement pursue bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and certificates in a variety of industries. The program offers flexible schedules and industry-relevant classes to accommodate working adults.

For more information about the Tulane School of Professional Advancement Mississippi Coast Campus, please visit sopa.tulane.edu or contact the office directly at (228) 388-5769. The Mississippi Coast campus is located at Edgewater Village, 2650 Beach Blvd., Suite 44, Biloxi, Miss. 39531.

The School of Professional Advancement offers high-quality, innovative degree and certificate programs in the humanities and in applied fields that are directly relevant to the needs and interests of working adults. The faculty, most of whom are working professionals, ensure programs stay cutting edge and relevant, helping graduates to maximize the value of their degrees. The School of Professional Advancement currently offers 26 undergraduate programs of study and four master’s degree programs at its three campuses and online. For more information, visit sopa.tulane.edu.

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