The Office of the Dean of the College is pleased to announce the promotions of Jason Klugman and QuinnShauna Felder-Snipes, effective July 1, 2017. Jason Klugman is now dedicated full time to his role as director of the Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP), reporting to Dean of the College Jill Dolan. QuinnShauna Felder-Snipes is now the assistant director for college counseling and scholar development. The promotions coincide with PUPP’s move into a new collaborative organizational space with programs for first generation and low-income students operated by the Office of the Dean of the College.
“I am delighted to welcome both Jason and QuinnShauna to their new roles,” said Dolan. “They are both strongly committed to Princeton’s goals of access and inclusion; these organizational changes in the College will allow them to further advance PUPP’s very important mission to provide rigorous academic and cultural experiences to high-achieving local high school students.”
As director of PUPP, Klugman will shift his full attention to leading Princeton’s premier college preparation initiative, working to refine and expand the program’s ability to meet the broad needs of the PUPP scholars.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity focus in on my work with the PUPP community of scholars, our families, school partners, and alumni, and to continue to collaborate with peers across campus who are working on college preparation initiatives,” said Klugman.
Klugman joined the Princeton’s Program in Teacher Preparation in 2004 as a program associate and as the leader of PUPP. During his time at Princeton, he has been responsible for a range of activities to support Princeton students and alumni who have sought New Jersey licensure as secondary teachers. He taught TPP 401, the Seminar in Education, and supervised student teachers in the subject areas of social studies, English, and math. He will continue to occasionally teach “Ethnography of Schools and Schooling” in the Department of Anthropology.
As assistant director for college counseling and scholar development, Felder-Snipes will continue to guide PUPP scholars through the college admissions process, working closely with PUPP families to help them navigate both admission and financial aid. Additionally, Felder-Snipes manages the entire college preparation sequence during the PUPP Summer Institute, supervising faculty who deliver courses on personal development, taking the ACT, and college admissions.
“I am excited to continue the great work we are privileged to do alongside our scholars and their families,” Felder-Snipes said. “I look forward to working collaboratively with our colleagues in our new shared space to provide the best opportunities for PUPP scholars and Princeton’s first generation/low-income students.”
Felder-Snipes joined the PUPP staff as Counselor in 2010 and has guided the last seven PUPP cohorts through the college admissions process. A graduate of, and former admissions officer at the College of Charleston, Felder-Snipes recently completed an Educational Specialist degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The College of New Jersey. She is recognized as a compassionate and inspirational college access professional and plays a critical role in the academic and emotional development of each scholar.
“QuinnShauna has been an extraordinary member of the PUPP team,” Klugman said. “Her thorough knowledge of college admissions, coupled with her ethic of care and her deep commitment to serving PUPP families has been critical to our success.”
PUPP was founded in 2001 by Miguel Centeno, the Musgrave Professor of Sociology, and John Webb, former director of Princeton’s Program in Teacher Preparation. The program partners with five local school districts. Selected students apply for admission in 9th grade. PUPP scholars participate in three years of comprehensive college preparation programming, including three consecutive six-and-a-half week summer institutes and year-round academic and cultural enrichment.
Over PUPP’s years of operating, close to 400 local students have participated as scholars. More than 70 percent of PUPP alumni attend or have graduated from selective or highly selective colleges and universities. PUPP alumni have gone on to earn college degrees at rates far exceeding their low-income peers.
All members of the graduating class of 2017 will matriculate this fall at some of the best colleges in the U.S., including the University of Richmond, Bates, Gettysburg, Trinity, Muhlenberg, Yale, Bryn Mawr, and the University of Pennsylvania. Three PUPP scholars from the class of 2017 will enroll at Princeton, joining 20 PUPP alumni who attend or have graduated from Princeton over the past decade.
More information about PUPP is available at http://pupp.princeton.edu.