At Bethpage, as at Yale, Nearon to promote equity, inclusion, and access

Michelle Nearon, associate dean for graduate student development and diversity at Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, has been appointed the first female chair of the board at Bethpage Federal Credit Union in Bethpage, NY.

Nearon will work closely with the Bethpage Board of Directors, which includes industry leaders and business professionals, to ensure that Bethpage maintains its position as a leading community financial institution on Long Island.

The Yale dean has held a progression of positions on the Bethpage Board since 2006. At that time, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stony Brook University, and the director of recruitment and diversification for its College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  She joined the Yale community in 2008.

“I am a steadfast proponent of higher education, and I firmly believe in the importance of promoting financial literacy,” said Nearon about her new post on the Bethpage Board. “I saw this as an extraordinary opportunity to integrate the two.” She went on to say that “Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives that are owned and operated by its members — so, there are no outside shareholders. We believe in the philosophy of ‘people helping people.’ This philosophy is what started the credit union movement, and it is what continues to guide it. This movement closely aligns with my desire as a Bethpage Board member and associate dean at Yale to promote, in both environments, a climate of equity, inclusion, and access.”

Nearon will work with the board to oversee Bethpage’s financial future and membership expansion efforts. “Bethpage has always demonstrated an unwavering record of member and employee experience, as well as a strong commitment to the community,” said Nearon. “I very much look forward to continuing to work with Bethpage to uphold these essential standards.”

Nearon received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brooklyn Polytechnic University, respectively. She received her Ph.D. from Stony Brook University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2000.