Meet William Madden

wilWilliam Madden, academic adviser in Counseling for the past five years, says he feels honored to work with students and fortunate to have had truly professional and considerate colleagues. Madden works with students in the Transfer Center and in SSRS (Student Success and Retention Services).

“My position has allowed me to reach out and connect with students who need dedicated support and guidance through the academic process. More often than not, the students I’ve crossed paths with have had incredible stories that I’m inspired by,” he says. “I have also had the opportunity to recruit and guest lecture for the SSRS Summer Bridge program. I’ve been a mentor in the Puente program for the last couple of years. I’ve also had an incredible experience as a co-creator and co-coordinator for the Sankofa Scholars program.”

Reading instructor Ulysses Pichon, who nominated Madden for this award, says he goes well beyond his duties as an academic adviser at De Anza. “He spends much of his own time to recruit students from the high schools and test them to prepare for enrollment into and success at De Anza College,” Pichon says. “Programs are short-staffed, and William Madden can always be counted on to fill in, reach out and contribute in any way needed. He is an inspiration to all of his colleagues.”

Madden says he works hard to help the students advance toward their goals. “In my opinion, student success can’t be gauged by their grades or what school they transfer to, but rather by the effort they put forward to obtain their objective,” he says. “I hope to collaborate with more professionals on campus and the community to expose students to positive and insightful perspectives.”

Madden’s personal motivation comes from his wife, English instructor Lydia Hearn Madden, and daughter Selah. “They’ve changed my lens toward people, family and life itself. I’m grateful to have them both in my life.” Madden recently earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from the University of San Francisco, and is working toward licensure. He has a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University in criminology with a double minor in communications and economics.

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