Emmanuel “Sonny” Ago, Ed.D., was recently appointed Manhattan College’s first assistant vice president for student life at Manhattan College.
Emmanuel “Sonny” Ago, Ed.D., was recently appointed Manhattan College’s first assistant vice president for student life at the College.
Ago, a resident of New York City, will play a key role in implementing a seamless learning environment between academic affairs and student life. His new responsibilities include: enhancing and developing multicultural student programs; working with and supporting students of color, commuters and veterans; and overseeing the planning of orientation. He will also lead the development of The Arches, the College’s new learning and living program, which assists first-year students in their academic and social transition to college life.
As an experienced professional in higher education with 15 years, Ago most recently served as dean for multicultural affairs at Barnard College for six years. In this role, he directed the development, implementation and sustainability of all diversity initiatives. During his time at Barnard, Ago also supervised the trustee committee on diversity to promote and improve representation within the faculty and student body.
“The experience Sonny brings to Manhattan in multicultural affairs will enable us to do great work with students in this area and to build on a strength we have in our student body, our diversity,” said Richard Satterlee, Ph.D., vice president for student life at Manhattan College.
After graduating from Amherst College with a bachelor’s in anthropology in 1992, Ago went on to receive his master’s in sociology from New York University in 1994. He also received a doctorate in education in 2002 from the University of Pennsylvania.
“I am extremely excited to join Manhattan College, and my hope for this position is to further create opportunities for students to become invested in shaping an inclusive and engaged campus community,” said Ago. “I look forward to contributing to the unique Manhattan College tradition.”