Assistant to the President
Emily Saland joined Marist College in November 2009. She provides executive-level support to both President David Yellen and Executive Vice President Geoffrey L. Brackett. In this capacity, she researches, organizes, and composes a variety of College-wide strategic and operational planning documents, including Marist’s five year Strategic Plan 2011-2016: Leadership and Innovation for a Changing World, and its Planning, Assessment, and Continuous Improvement document.
Emily also works on a number of special projects at Marist, some through the College’s Raymond A. Rich Institute for Leadership Development, and many others through the community. Most recently, she has assisted President Emeritus Murray in his capacity as co-chair of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council. She regularly represents the College at both on-campus and off-campus meetings and events, helping to maintain strong ties to external stakeholders, elected officials, and other community leaders. When not at Marist, she can be found serving on the Board of Directors for the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill and on the Selection Committee for the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Hudson Valley 40 Under 40 “Shaker Awards.”
Emily received her B.A. 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.