Manhattan College Names Marisa Sarlo-Passafiume Director for Center of Academic Success

Marisa Sarlo-Passafiume has been named the director for Manhattan College’s new Center of Academic Success.

Marisa Sarlo-Passafiume has been named the director for Manhattan College’s new Center of Academic Success. She will play a key role in helping to launch the new Center, which focuses on helping students to improve academic performance and success, leading to better retention and graduation rates.

“Marisa brings valuable experience, directly related to the work of our new Center,” said William Clyde, Ph.D., executive vice president and provost at Manhattan College. “It is clear that she is committed to our Lasallian Catholic mission and will serve our students with creativity and determination. We are thrilled to have her joining our team.”

Sarlo-Passafiume, a resident of Shrub Oak, N.Y., most recently served as director of the Manhattanville College mentor program within the Center for Academic Success, and assisted in developing and implementing the College’s first peer mentoring program. In addition, she was also the assistant director of the Manhattanville advancement program, collaborating with faculty and staff to provide support services to historically underrepresented students during their first year experience.

Before coming to Manhattanville, Sarlo-Passafiume was the director of talent search and upward bound at the City University of New York Research Foundation, at Lehman College’s Center for School College Collaboratives. She supervised a variety of enrichment programs including the TRiO programs, which contained 650 students, teachers, counselors, tutors and office workers and was designed to help monitor students’ academic progress and college readiness.

After graduating from the Brooklyn College in 2002 with a B.A. in elementary education and child psychology, Sarlo-Passafiume began her career in education as a fifth grade teacher at P.S. 161. She went on to receive her master’s in counselor education in 2008 and is currently pursuing a second master’s in educational leadership.

The Center of Academic Success will provide tutoring services, workshops on everything from time management to test taking to study skills, and other resources. In addition, the Center will also work with the academic advisors and student life to ensure the College is offering individualized services, which meets each student’s needs.    

“It is with great excitement that I accept the challenge and welcome the opportunity to implement at Manhattan College an effective program to ensure the success of all students,” said Sarlo-Passafiume. “I look forward to collaborating with the entire community in this effort.”