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Mary Raymond, New Director of CDO, Receives Fulbright Scholarship

Mary Raymond, Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Pomona College Career Development Office

Mary Raymond, the new associate dean of students and director of Pomona College’s Career Development Office, has received one of only 25 Fulbright Scholarships to attend the International Education Administrators Program on global issues in career development, in Germany. The seminar takes place the last two weeks of October in Berlin, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Nürnberg, Strausbourg and Mainz.

The program’s focus is on the areas of international activities of universities, career services, fundraising and network building. It is designed to give participants an overview of the higher education structures in Germany and Europe, and current issues that are being discussed, such as the “Bologna reforms” and the “excellence initiatives.”

For Raymond, who has almost 30 years of professional experience in higher education, the seminar offers an opportunity to view higher education through a different lens as she helps students find work in the global economy, whether they have studied abroad or not. Germany is of particular interest to Raymond because of the vast array of opportunities available to German students to study and travel.

“I’m looking forward to obtaining a better understanding of higher education in Germany, and how this system prepares students to be productive citizens through academics and beyond the classroom,” says Raymond. “I also want to learn more about the ideals emphasized and the critical skills identified to fulfill this aim of higher education in Germany.”

Among the questions she hopes to examine during the seminar are: “Considering the early education process in Germany that tracks students for either university or a vocational trade, does our open access to higher education for all really encourage lifelong learning? What does career services need to provide or expose to our students to insure they are competitive in this global economy?”

Raymond joined the Pomona College staff on September 1, following six years as director of career services at Vassar College where she worked closely with students trying to understand what their life’s work could be and exploring possible future pathways. She also worked closely with Vassar’s Advancement team and Dean of the College to raise funds for various internship and fellowship programs, helping to raise nearly $4 million for the Vassar Career Development Office. Prior to her work at Vassar Raymond served as director of career counseling at Sarah Lawrence College and director of career services at Iona College. She is a former member of the executive board of the Liberal Arts Career Network (LACN), a consortia of 30 selective liberal arts colleges.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is the flagship international education exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase the mutual understanding between the people of the United States and of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.