Ms. Chanelle Lester
Chanelle Lester, J.D. is currently the MBA Director at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in Ewing, NJ. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University – Douglass College where she was a member of the Division I Scarlett Knights Track & Field team. Directly after graduating from Rutgers in three years, she went on to pursue her Juris Doctor degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law. Upon completion of her law degree, she started recruiting for the Law School’s Admission Office. It was at that point she realized her love for working in higher education and promoting graduate degree programs. Shortly after finishing her role as a temporary recruiter for Temple, she secured a position at Stevens Institute of Technology as the Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions where she was able to increase the number of domestic graduate students and implement more efficient methods of reviewing files and recruiting students. She then went on to serve as the Associate Director of Graduate Admissions at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ. While there, she helped to implement a paperless environment through data imaging and paperless decision-making. In efforts to continue to promote academic excellence, she accepted a position as the Director of Graduate and International Admission at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus. After a number of years of commuting to New York, she found her way back to New Jersey at Rider University as the Director of Graduate Business and International Admissions. It was during this time she recognized her desire to pursue more fully a career that combined enrollment, recruitment, program development and program assessment at which time she accepted the position with TCNJ. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband, Larry Lester Jr. and two children. She enjoys traveling abroad with her family and is actively engaged in volunteer service work on a weekly basis.