José Rodriguez named Assistant Vice President for Community and Belonging

A College Unbound alum from the Class of 2014, José has served on the college’s recruitment team since 2018, and most recently served as Director of Admissions and Recruitment. José is the first CU alum to join College Unbound’s leadership team.

In addition to his Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Change from College Unbound, José holds a Master’s Degree from Charter Oak State College.

In this newly created position on the leadership team, José will work alongside President Dr. Adam Bush, Provost and VP of Lifelong Learning Dr. Sylvia Spears, Chief Development Officer Julia Travers Rickert and VP for Student Sustainability Diana Perdomo to sustain the college’s growth and flourishing in the coming years, guided by the 2022-2027 Strategic Plan.

“José has been such a big part of the ‘heart and soul’ of CU for a long time as student, alumni, recruitment team director, and now executive,” said Dr. Adam Bush, co-founder and President of College Unbound. “In this new role, José will help us deepen our embeddedness in the communities around us, nurturing and growing the relationships we have already established, and opening us up to new opportunities and possibilities of what could be. I can’t think of a better person to lead us in these efforts, as we collectively dream about, and grow into, what a truly community-based institution of higher learning should be.”

"It has been a pleasure working with Jose in his role as Director of Admissions and Recruitment at College Unbound over my past two years at College,” said Dr. Sylvia Spears, Provost & VP for Lifelong Learning at College Unbound. “Jose brings to his work deep knowledge of CU, keen interpersonal and leadership skills, and an unwavering commitment to creating a robust community in which everyone feels seen, heard, and valued. I am excited to see Jose bring his many talents to bear in his new role as Assistant Vice President of Community and Belonging."

“This new chapter in my College Unbound journey not only amplifies my own voice in the world of higher education, but through me, the people who have faced more learning obstacles than opportunities,” said José Rodriguez. “From CU student to reframing the college admissions process as director, to now CU’s Assistant V.P. for Community and Belonging, I’m truly thankful for the community space we’ve created. I’m ready to expand our capacity at the executive level so we can help more people learn, grow, and transform their lives.”

Nearly a third of College Unbound staff are alumni. CU aspires to be a place where graduates play a substantial role in the direction of the college, providing pathways for students to not only be the recipient of a great education but to become authors themselves of higher education.