Dean of Student Engagement
Dr. Rowe was recently appointed Dean of Student Engagement and Associate Professor of History and Peace Studies at Gordon College. Prior to this, he spent the past ten years on the faculty of St Augustine College of South Africa in Johannesburg, culminating in the role of Academic Dean (and sometime Interim President).
He is an historian of Atlantic cultural history whose teaching and research interests include identity formation and how communities use the past to form their identities and how this fuels intergroup conflict. He also has more than twenty years consulting with communities about cross-racial and cross-ethnic reconciliation and pastoral counseling for reconciling communities in the US and South Africa. His international experiences in higher education have convinced Dr. Rowe that this is a strategic point in world history, and that communities the world over are in need of leaders who are lively in imagination, protective of the dignity of persons, relentless in pursuit of the common good and attentive in spirit.
He is married to Sheila Wise Rowe, a professional therapist. They have two children in college. He is an ardent follower of the Arsenal Football Club, has a soft spot for both Star Trek and Star Wars, fishing, reading, and poetry.
Director of Multicultural Initiatives
Dr. Mutamba serves as Director of Multicultural Initiatives where she oversees the Clarendon Scholars Program and develops programs for the holistic care of a diverse, multicultural student body. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis from North Carolina State University. Prior to joining Gordon College, Dr. Mutamba conducted some of her doctoral research at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Post-Secondary Education where she worked to strengthen institutional capacity and performance; and advance innovation designed to facilitate best practices for access, retention, and completion of students—specifically students of color, lower-income students, and first-generation students. Dr. Mutamba has a B.S. from High Point University and an M.S. from North Carolina A&T State University. She is married to Dr. Thomas Zengeya and together they mentor college students because they believe graduating from college is one of the most transformative things that can happen to a young person.
Yicaury Melo Jimenez
Multicultural Student Service Coordinator
Yicaury Melo graduated from Gordon with a BA in Communications Arts. As a Clarendon Scholar, she was an active member of the Gordon community by serving in multiple leadership roles in student clubs and ministries, including ALANA and World Focus. Upon graduation, she returned to her home city of Lawrence, MA and worked with various community engagement organizations. Yicaury’s passion is to provide learning and enrichment opportunities to inner city youth. She worked with the YWCA to cultivate middle school girls into strong confident young ladies through career exploration, nurturing a strong self-esteem and the arts. She returned to Gordon in the fall of 2013 as the Multicultural Admissions Counselor and then joined Student Life as the Multicultural Student Service Coordinator in the fall of 2014. Since then, she has worked to develop and implement the Multicultural Initiatives Office Ambassadors program and foster a welcoming and inviting multicultural community at Gordon.