College Careers Fund of Westchester Appoints New Executive Director

Dr. Pamela N. Minyard was appointed as the new Executive Director of the College Careers Fund of Westchester, Inc. (College Careers). She is the third person to serve as the chief executive officer in the forty-five year history of the organization.
By: Phyllis M. Shelton - PR Director
April 12, 2012 - PRLog -- White Plains, NY – Dr. Pamela N. Minyard was appointed as the new Executive Director of the College Careers Fund of Westchester, Inc. (College Careers).  She is the third person to serve as the chief executive officer in the forty-five year history of the organization, replacing Blanche Walker of White Plains who served since 1992 and, prior to her, founder Dorothy Allensworth of Mamaroneck who served since 1967.  Dr. Minyard indicated that College Careers’ focus will be to “continue the long tradition of providing higher educational opportunities for students in need, in addition to providing innovative and effective leadership and career readiness programs relevant in  today’s world.”

Board President, Peter Adams, in announcing the selection of Dr. Minyard remarked, “She is precisely the right person to assume the leadership of this historic organization, well known in Westchester for its commitment to inspiring and guiding our youth to the opportunities afforded by college.  Dr. Minyard is well-known in educational circles and has the capability of re-launching and expanding the reach of this important support service for our leaders of tomorrow.  She is the complete package. We were very lucky to find her and are excited about the future of College Careers and our students under her leadership!”  

Dr. Minyard comes to College Careers with more than 15 years of executive leadership experience.  Prior to assuming her executive director position, Dr. Minyard served as Assistant Provost at Mercy College and Director of Enrollment Outreach and Partnerships.  She also served as Founder and Executive Director of GIOLAI, which trained over 1200 girls in leadership development in Westchester and the Bronx.  She is a published author and has delivered numerous presentations and lectures nationally and internationally on effective recruitment and retention strategies for at-risk youth.  She also served as adjunct professor at a number of private and public colleges and universities.  

She is a recipient of numerous honors and awards which include the Community Leadership Award,  Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Westchester Chapter; Inspiring Woman Award, WNBA New York Liberty; and the Business Council of Westchester Rising Star “Top 40 Under 40” Award.  Dr. Minyard is a longtime resident of Westchester, an involved educator, business organizer, youth advocate and non-profit professional. She brings a strong array of skills and obvious passion to the core mission of College Careers and the students who it serves.  She is a member of the International Leadership Association and currently volunteers at the Junior League of Westchester-on-Hudson, where she serves as Community Vice President. She also serves as a board member for The Volunteer Center of United Way.

Dr. Minyard holds a BS degree in Psychology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York; an MS degree in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York;  and an Ed.D. degree in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York, where she was the recipient of both the 2012 Scholarship Award and the 2012 Leadership Award.

About College Careers Fund of Westchester
The College Careers Fund of Westchester, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit corporation founded in 1967 to make higher education opportunities a reality for educationally and economically disadvantaged teens and young adults.  This is accomplished through counseling, workshops, and financial support, which empower young people to take positive steps to improve their lives.

For more information: Phyllis Shelton, Media Contact (646) 201-6597,

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