Lassonde School welcomes its first assistant dean for students

Amy Gaukel has joined the Lassonde School as its first Assistant Dean, Students.

Gaukel joins Lassonde following a successful track record of establishing a support program designed to promote successful student transitions, excellent services, student leadership and advocacy across multiple campuses at Toronto’s Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology. Previously, Gaukel worked at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia as part of the residence life team to create a number of residential and positive communities at the university.

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“Amy will be focused on achieving the Lassonde School’s commitment to put students first,” says Lassonde School Dean Janusz Kozinski. “Amy is a proven leader and innovator in student services. She has an extensive background in developing exceptional student-focused services designed to engage, support, advise and empower students.”

“Students are the number one priority at Lassonde. The creation of a brand new professional school is a unique opportunity to put students in the driver’s seat, putting their needs at the centre of every decision,” said Gaukel.

“I’m thrilled to be here and look forward to working with all parts of York University to build a new School of which we can all be proud,” she added. 

Gaukel recently completed a Master of Education specializing in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Calgary. 

The Lassonde School of Engineering will focus on empowering creative minds to become Renaissance Engineers with skills in entrepreneurship, social responsibility and problem solving – through a revolutionized classroom environment, multidisciplinary curriculum and integrated learning delivered in partnership with industry. The Lassonde School of Engineering will welcome students and Faculty later this year, with a new building opening on the Keele campus in 2015.