Chief of Staff & Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Emily Saland was appointed Marist’s Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Trustees in July 2017. In this capacity, she works closely with the President on a wide variety of executive and administrative duties, special projects, and strategic initiatives in order to promote the mission of the College and advance the President’s agenda. In addition to supervising the President’s Office staff, Emily also works with members of the senior administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni, elected officials, community members, and other stakeholders in order to advance cross-divisional initiatives. She is also the primary liaison to the Board of Trustees, serves as Secretary to the Board, and is a member of the President’s Cabinet.
Prior to her current position, Emily served in a number of capacities within the offices of Marist’s President and Executive Vice President, where she was responsible for researching, organizing, and composing a variety of College-wide strategic and operational planning documents. She also assisted President Emeritus Murray in his capacity as co-chair of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, researching economic development trends, advising the Council on strategy and logistics, and authoring Council reports.
Emily received her BA from Cornell University summa cum laude and with distinction in all subjects. She triple majored in English, Classical Civilization, and Comparative Hellenistic Literature, and was an active member of Phi Beta Kappa, Cornell Commitment, and the College Scholar Program. She went on to complete her MFA in Poetry at George Mason University, where she was a teaching assistant, the editor of the internationally circulated literary journal, Phoebe, a Journal of Literature and Art, and the Heritage Writing Fellow. Her professional experience before joining the Marist team includes work as a legal assistant and an international book scout.
Emily serves on a number of local committees and boards. She is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill (ERVK), immediate past co-chair of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 40 Under 40 Selection Committee, and a member of the Walkway Over the Hudson’s Board. She lives in Pleasant Valley, New York with her husband and two children: Jack and Lena.