Juan Veruete has been appointed as Smeal’s inaugural assistant dean for undergraduate affairs.

In this new role, Veruete will serve as a member of the undergraduate education admissions leadership team and support Felisa Higgins, associate dean for undergraduate education, in ensuring an exceptional experience among the college’s many undergraduate students. Specific responsibilities include leading the college’s student persistence and success initiatives; acting as a formal liaison between UGE and Smeal’s academic departments; overseeing scholarships and student wellness programming; and supporting Higgins in addressing academic, personal, and professional issues among students.

— Andy Elder