By Kay Gordon
By Kay Gordon
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY-The university has welcomed a lot of new administration this school year, including Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Marcus Chanay.
Chanay started his career in higher education in 2001 at Jackson State University as a specialist in program development. In 2004, he became the dean of the Division of Student Life. In 2008, Chanay served as the vice president for Student Life and as an assistant professor of higher education. He held that position until 2014. Chanay then moved to Hawkins, Texas for his most recent position as vice president for Student Affairs at Jarvis Christian College.
The roles that Chanay has held in leadership also align with Lincoln’s vision to serve as a university believing in diversity and embracing the learning environment. He has led initiatives that cater to a diverse student body, which includes the Jackson State University Veteran’s Center, which helped veteran students, active military students, and their families.
As a college student, Chanay never thought that he would end up working in higher education. He attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), where he was originally a pre-med major before switching to broadcast journalism.
“The following semester I was put into an Intro to Mass Communications class,” said Chanay during a recent interview. That’s when he developed a love for journalism. While attending UAPB, Chanay learned to do commercials, work the switchboard, and many other things.
At UAPB, Chanay put together four professional sports shows and worked on his portfolio, which led to an internship and work at ESPN. Although he gained a lot of experience at the sports network, it led him down a different career path.
“During that time I realized broadcasting wasn’t something that I wanted to do,” Chanay said, “It’s a dog-eat-dog world.”
He began taking education courses as a backup plan while also doing radio and play-by-play recaps of the football team. He eventually started teaching at a local high school. What Chanay appreciated most about his time at UAPB was the hands-on experience and the options the school offered for journalism students.
“We had a mass communication club, a weekly newspaper, and yearbook. Students could be involved with one, if not all three,” said Chanay.
Chanay has a B.A. in Mass Communications with minors in education and business, a Master’s in Education Administration, and a Ph.D. in Urban Education.
Chanay officially started his position at Lincoln University on July 1, 2018.