Ricardo Ganaishlal appointed director of residence life
Salem State University announced today the appointment of Ricardo Ganaishlal, most recently director of residence life at New Jersey’s Drew University, to the same position on its campus. Ganaishlal was hired after a nationwide search and assumes his duties June 27.
The university’s rapidly expanding residence life program, which includes the recently constructed, state-of-the-art Atlantic and Marsh halls (2004 and 2010, respectively), is a consistent award winner at the regional and national levels for both its programming and staff, and looks forward to the leadership and expertise Mr. Ganaishlal brings to the position. His extensive experience with staff recruitment, selection and training, oversight of departmental budget management, organizational management, and university judicial systems will be particularly important in his new role.
His innovative and creative programming initiatives at Drew, which helped undergraduate students make the transition from living at home to developing more independence and acquiring leadership, team building and other skills, is also expected to be critical as Salem State continues to work toward its goal of housing 50 percent of its student population on campus.
“I feel strongly,’ said Ganaishlal, “that we need to immerse ourselves in students’ lives, understand their thought processes and learn to appreciate their varying differences with respect to their emotions and intellectual, social and developmental needs. I look forward to forging strong relationships with students on campus, especially those needing guidance, and providing them with educational moments that will steer them toward alternate forms of interaction in the Salem State community.”
Ricardo Ganaishlal holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from State University of New York at Oswego in Spanish and elementary education, respectively.