By Jacqueline Escobar
Dr. Kamal Boukerrou has taken over as the director of the HEOP program on both the LIU Post and LIU Brooklyn campuses, after the departure of William Clyde, who previously served as HEOP Director at Post. “It feels great to know that I can be of some help to the HEOP community at Post,” Boukerrou said. “It is also a good opportunity for me to get to know other administrators and students at Post, and to learn about students needs, passions, and the resources available at Post,” he added.
Boukerrou said that members of the Post campus have been welcoming to him so far. “It is not a problem to manage all the paperwork and profiles of students on both campuses,” he said.
“It is no problem at all, the Enrollment Services folks at Post have been very welcoming and cooperative, and they are helping a lot. The HEOP Brooklyn counselors have also stepped in and adopted Post students; they are contacting them via email and phone calls,” he said.
Boukerrou started his work with HEOP in 1986 and was chosen as director at LIU Brooklyn in September 2015. He will miss Clyde, who he has worked with for many years. “William is a great colleague, whom I have known for over two decades; he misses his students and often he asks me about them; we are still in touch and he is missed,” Boukerrou said. Clyde left Post on Jan. 18 to take a position as Director of Special Programs, EOP Director, at Nassau Community College.
Boukerrou will be available to advise HEOP students on both campuses, working to ensure that HEOP students succeed academically and reach their highest peak.
The Pioneer reported on Feb. 6 that no new students will be admitted into the HEOP program at Post. The Pioneer also reported that there are currently 60 students in the program.