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Michaelene Cronin Named Executive Director of Curtis Blake Center

Springfield, MA, February 14, 2014 --( Michaelene Cronin of West Chesterfield, N.H., has been named Executive Director of the Curtis Blake Center at American International College in Springfield, Mass. The announcement was made recently by AIC Provost Todd G. Fritch, Ph.D.

Cronin comes to AIC from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vt., where she served as the Associate Academic Dean for Undergraduate Studies.

In her new position, Cronin will oversee the Curtis Blake Day School (K-9 special education school serving students with language based learning disabilities), Tutorial Services, AIC Supportive Learning Services, (fee for service program supporting college students with learning disabilities), Diagnostic Services, and a Summer Instructional Clinic.

As Executive Director of the Curtis Blake Center, Cronin will play a pivotal role developing, solidifying and expanding Center services, as well as serving as the liaison between the Center and the College. She will be responsible for designing and implementing new initiatives in order to broaden the Center’s reach, and enhance and strengthen its current programming.

Cronin earned her B.A. in English, from the University of Michigan and her J.D., from the University of Detroit School of Law.

She has written several publications on learning disabilities, including most recently, "The Essential Six: A Practical Guide for Parents of College Students with Learning Disabilities," published by the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).

While serving as an Associate Professor and Advising Supervisor at Landmark College in Putney, VT, Cronin developed several training modules. Among these are “Best Practices for Supporting Students with Non-Verbal learning Disabilities, Asperger’s Syndrome and other Spectrum Disorders,” "Best Practices for Working with Community College Students with Learning Disabilities," and “Creating a Toolbox: Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.”

Cronin has been a member of the National Academic Advising Association, Autism Society of America, and the Asperger’s Association of New England.
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