Rebekah Paré (she/her) joined WashU in 2022 as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Career Development and Education, responsible for creating a new unified career center for the university that elevates career development on campus and supports all students in their pursuit of rewarding careers and satisfying lives. She oversees the career education enterprise at WashU, including the Weston Career Center and the WashU University Career Center.
Prior to arriving at WashU, Paré was the founding Associate Dean and Executive Director of SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she led a nationally recognized career initiative. At Wisconsin, she transformed liberal arts career preparation, with a focus on engaging students early and often in the undergraduate experience, increasing student participation in career services six-fold (with a particular focus on first generation and low income students along with students of color), involving hundreds of employers in career development programs for students, connecting thousands of alumni to students for mentorship and professional opportunities, integrating career development into the academic experience in partnership with faculty, and elevating the liberal arts college’s appeal, contributing to increased enrollments and improved career outcomes. Her work supporting students in the humanities was recognized by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. As a thought leader in career development, Paré has coached dozens of institutions in developing and executing career initiatives and her work has been highlighted in multiple books.
Paré’s work in career development was inspired by her previous roles as Undergraduate Academic Advisor and Program Coordinator and Assistant Dean for Academic Progress at Wisconsin, where she directly advised and mentored students on their academic and career plans and helped them navigate policy issues.
Paré received her BA in Piano Performance and German from the University of New Hampshire and MAs in both Musicology and German Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also completed her doctoral work in both fields. Fun fact: Paré was the pianist of a 19-piece, all-female 1940’s era swing band in Madison, WI, called Ladies Must Swing.