Scholars' Mentorship Program

Meet the Staff

Mark Rumnit ’93, Director of the Scholars' Mentorship Program

Mark Rumnit is a proud SUNY New Paltz alumnus and has been a valued employee at the College since 2008, when he took a position as an academic advisor with the Educational Opportunity Program. He transitioned to Academic Advising in 2012, and over the years has served hundreds of students, assisting with academic challenges like course selection and fulfillment of major requirements and also helping them acclimate to college life through counseling at various stages of their undergraduate careers.

In 2012 Rumnit expanded his role to include working as an instructor in the Scholars' Mentorship Program. He brings a familiarity with the program, its mission and its day-to-day operation to his new position as director. 

Since the SMP’s founding in 1988 it has grown to involve more than 50 faculty and staff mentors working with more than 200 student protégés each academic year. Students gain access to unique courses and leadership opportunities in offices and organizations across campus. The SMP is a major factor in attracting high-achieving general admission students of color to SUNY New Paltz, and plays an instrumental role in student success in and out of the classroom.

Rumnit holds a master’s degree in liberal studies & education from SUNY Stony Brook and a bachelor’s degree in history from SUNY New Paltz.

Mark D. Rumnit
Director - Scholars' Mentorship Program
State University of New York at New Paltz
Student Union Building 035
1 Hawk Dr.
New Paltz, New York 12561-2443

Phone: (845) 257-2762


MRP Task Force

Rita Celariste
Associate Director of Educational Opportunity Program  
Office: Student Union Building 019

Mark Colvson
Dean of Library
Office: STL M48

Lisa Jones
Dean of Undergraduate Admission
Office: HAC 204

Dr. Gweneth Lloyd, Director of Peer Mentor Programs
Office: Student Health & Counseling Center 201

Rendesia Scott
Office: School of Business, VH 312

The Scholars' Mentorship Program reports to:

David L Eaton, Vice President of Enrollment
Office: HAB 905B
Phone: (845) 257-3210