Lenny S. Chan is the Housefellow for Doherty Apartments and an Associate Director for Residential Education. He also serves as one of the College Liaisons for the College of Engineering.
Lenny earned his bachelor’s in psychology and master’s in college student personnel, both from Slippery Rock University.
How did you come to join CMU?
After earning my master’s degree while working full time, I was looking forward to a new adventure. I began my career at Carnegie Mellon working with Greek Life, specifically with the fraternities and special events (Greek Sing and Greek Council). After three years, I transitioned into a housefellow role in the Oakland community. For seven years, I was the Housefellow for Fairfax Apartments as well as other housing communities in Oakland. I have also been Housefellow for Morewood Gardens and worked with the student conduct process for many years. This is my first year working with Doherty Apartments.
What are you looking forward to for the Doherty community in the year ahead?
I am looking forward to spending time with and learning more about the residents of Doherty. The relationships I get to have with students is one of the best parts of being a Housefellow. Each year is different and I am excited about the opportunities the Doherty community will offer.
Share one of your most prized CMU memories.
This is challenging since I have so many. I would have to say every commencement day. There is something so special about being on campus that day. Regardless of the weather or anything else that is going on in life, commencement makes you feel good about Carnegie Mellon and the work that is done by students, staff, and faculty throughout the year. It’s great to see students and their families so happy and excited.
What is an important life lesson you have learned from a student or students?
Be passionate about something. Whether it is a professional or personal interest, find at least one thing and go all in.
Outside of work, what are your hobbies/interests? What are you passionate about?
I enjoy reading nonfiction and learning about local history. I look for ways to engage in the Pittsburgh community. Pittsburgh is a great city and has so much to offer, and I try to take advantage of those things as much as possible. My wife, Jennifer, and I enjoy eating at local restaurants, supporting local businesses, and attending events in the Cultural District. We also have two rescue dogs, Finn and Riley, who are a big part of our family.
All-time favorite book: When Pride Still Mattered by David Maraniss
If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Always a tough question since there are so many choices. I would love to have dinner with John F. Kennedy. It would be great to talk about his life, what he could have accomplished, and what he thinks about the state of things today.
You get to eat a meal where fat, calories, sodium, and cholesterol get completely wiped off the books. What would be your food of choice for this very special (and sadly impossible) meal?
Pizza, all of the pizza.
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