Dr. Paul Zelenski
Associate Dean of Enrollment and Student Services
B.A., State University of New York College at Geneseo 1982
M.A., Michigan State University 1995
Ph.D., Michigan State University 1985
(517) 371-5140 x2843
Dr. Paul Zelenski is Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Associate Dean for Enrollment and Student Services. With the help of a staff of more than 40 professionals and a number of students, Dean Zelenski leads all departments that provide support activity for students from the time of their application to their graduation, including admissions, financial aid, registrar, orientation, the Academic Resource Center, diversity programs, enrollment services, the disability services program, student organization advising, and graduation.
Dean Zelenski joined Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1996 as the Executive Director of the Office of Programs and Students, and became an Assistant Dean in 1998. Shortly thereafter he was promoted to be the school’s first Associate Dean of Professionalism, where he originated the school’s effort to address issues of professionalism at the law school and in the profession, and co-authored the school’s award winning Professionalism Plan.
He also worked with the Dean and faculty to establish Cooley’s Academic Resource Center, which is widely viewed as the most comprehensive academic assistance program in legal education.
In 2002 he was appointed the Associate Dean of Enrollment and Students Services, the position he currently holds.
Dean Zelenski began his career in higher education in 1982 as an Admissions Counselor at State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo, and held various positions at Michigan State University (MSU), including positions as Coordinator of Student Activities and Leadership Development, Coordinator of the Campus Alcohol and Other Drug Education Program, Judicial Affairs administrator, Campus Life Orientation administrator, and Resident Student Life Director. He also worked in the Financial Aid Office and was the University Liaison to the Greek System.
He is a past president of the Michigan Consortium for Substance Abuse Education and taught a leadership development course in the College of Education at MSU. He has presented at local, regional, and national conferences and was a former directorate body member for Commission VX – Judicial Affairs for the American College Personnel Administration.
Following receipt of a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY-Geneseo, Dr. Zelenski completed two degrees from MSU, a Master of Arts Degree in College and University Administration with a Student Affairs Emphasis, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration with an emphasis on Higher and Adult Education.