Lee Svete named new director of The van Vlissingen Center for Career and Professional Development

Posted by Leah Prater
Emory & Henry received a gracious gift of $5 million, through annual installments, from The van Vlissingen Student Foundation to create The van Vlissingen Center for Career and Professional Development which will support the College’s new strategic initiatives, “Pivot Toward the Future” 2020-23.

“I look forward to transforming the college to career experience for students at Emory & Henry College and build The van Vlissingen Center for Career & Professional Development to become a world-class program and one of the finest Centers for Career Readiness in the nation today,” says Svete.

Svete brings over 30 years of experience of providing career consulting and recruiting strategy services to both colleges and employers. Most recently, Svete served as the Associate Vice President for Professional and Career Development at Wake Forest University, NC. Prior to this appointment at Wake Forest, Svete spent 18 years as the Associate Vice President and Executive Director at the University of Notre Dame, IN, leading The Career Center to build a $20M new facility.

“We are pleased to have Lee joining us in the van Vlissingen Center not only because of the significant experience that he brings, but also because of the enthusiasm and commitment that he displays in his approach to the opportunities that the center will provide for our students,” says Dr. Michael Puglisi, Provost of Emory & Henry College. 

With Svete’s appointment, three additional professionals will be recruited and hired to help lead in the vision of Emory & Henry College to build a “world class” Career Center.

  • Lee Svete
    HO/WFU
I look forward to transforming the college to career experience for students at Emory & Henry College and build The van Vlissingen Center for Career & Professional Development to become a world-class program and one of the finest Centers for Career Readiness in the nation today.
- Lee Svete

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