Erica Kryst, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Cornell Career Services
Erica was a first-generation college student and grew up in rural Pennsylvania. For almost 15 years she has worked as a higher education professional, beginning her career in Multicultural Student Services and Residence Life. For the past 10 years, she has worked in Career Services, first at The Pennsylvania State University where she served as a career counselor, and then for the past 5 years in the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development at Binghamton University. There she served as Senior Associate Director for Career Experiences and Education and guided career center initiatives that support equity and inclusion, oversaw career consulting services and a credit-bearing internship program. Erica has also taught numerous courses focused on professional development, internships, and career exploration. Erica earned a B.A. in Musical Theatre and Communications from Susquehanna University, an M.S.Ed. in College Student Personnel from Bucknell University, and a PhD in Educational Theory and Policy with a minor in Comparative and International Education from The Pennsylvania State University. Her dissertation focused on the higher education experiences and post-graduation plans of college students from rural communities. Previous research has also explored post-secondary opportunities for rural youth, as well as the relationship between rural schools and communities.
Erica loves working with college students and helping them connect to the opportunities and networks that will help them feel confident and achieve their goals. She is constantly seeking new and innovative ideas to support students’ career and professional growth and works to ensure equity is at the forefront of career education and opportunities for college students.
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