Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
The Office of the Vice President provides leadership for the Division of Student Affairs and serves as the centralized communication point for internal and external constituents.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Michael Gilbert joined UConn in the fall of 2013 from the University of Delaware where he served as the Vice President for Student Life since July 2007. His prior academic experience includes serving as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at the Pennsylvania State University. He has held administrative positions at the University of Massachusetts, Northeastern University, North Carolina State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Gilbert is a member of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). He earned his BA degree at the University of Vermont, a MEd degree at Michigan State University, and a doctorate in education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students
Eleanor JB Daugherty Elly joined the Division of Student Affairs at UConn in August of 2014 to assume the role of Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. In her role, Elly has direct oversight over the Dean of Students Office, Student Health Services, Counseling and Mental Health Services, Community Standards, Off-Campus Student Services, and Residential Life. Prior to coming to UConn, Elly was the Assistant Vice President for Student Life and the Associate Dean of the College for Student Life and Alumni Affairs at the University of Chicago. Elly has also held administrative roles at Columbia University and the University of Michigan. Elly is a graduate of the University of Chicago (BA) and Columbia University (MEd). Elly’s academic interests include diversity and inclusion among underrepresented college students and is reflected in her recently completed doctoral thesis, Access Now: Exploring the Perceptions and Experiences of College Access Among Today’s Youth.
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
David Clokey serves as the Interim Director of the Dean of Students Office. He coordinates the central budget process for the Division, directs the University Student Fee process for General University and Activity Funds, provides central leadership for the implementation and on-going management of the Division's technology resource plan as well as supervises the Division's IT Department, (including the One Card ID Office), the Office of Community Standards, and the Student Union and the program functions within the Office of the Vice President. He also co-teaches the Practicum Course for the Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program. David earned his Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Vermont and his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Management from Indiana State University. He has worked professionally at the University of Vermont and the University of Maryland prior to his arrival at UConn in August 2002.
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs,
Director of Student Activities
Christine M. Wilson, Ph.D. oversees operations that support many of the extracurricular activities of students. She serves as the Director of Student Activities, the department that plans and implements major events, provides training for student organizations and advisors, executes leadership development training, plans community outreach programs, and oversees Club Sports and the Spirit~Pride~Tradition programs. She also supervises the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, the five Cultural Centers, and teaches in the Higher Education and Student Affairs master’s program. Christine earned a doctorate in Education from the University of Rhode Island, as well as a Master’s Degree in College Student Personnel and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Indiana State University.
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs &
Director for the Center for Students with Disabilities
Donna M. Korbel has been Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs since 2011 the Director of the Center for Students with Disabilities at the University of Connecticut since 1993. Ms. Korbel received her M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Springfield College and has more than thirty five years of experience in the disability services field. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, a licensed clinical social worker and a certified expert witness. Currently, she in pursuing her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut and is a member of the Higher Education and Student Affairs Faculty at the Neag School of Education where she teaches Multicultural Competence. Her research interests include the transition of postsecondary students with disabilities to college, Universal Design for Instruction and its benefits for the postsecondary education of individuals with disabilities as well as the professional development of college student personnel.
Assistant to the Vice President for Planning and Assessment &
Director of Senior Transition and Engagement Programs
Daniel Doerr directs Senior Transition and Engagement Programs and provides oversight for several programmatic initiatives of the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, especially as they relate to alumni development, fundraising and stewardship. He also provides leadership for division-wide strategic planning and the coordination of assessment reporting. Daniel earned an M.A. in Education with a concentration in higher education and student affairs from the University of Connecticut and his Bachelor's degree in history from Southern Connecticut State University.
Alumni Relations Coordinator
Stacey Murdock directs divisional alumni relations, development and stewardship efforts in her role as the Division of Student Affairs Alumni Relations Coordinator. She also coordinates senior transition events, such as the Senior Kick Off and Countdown to Commencement, social media and marketing initiatives and the Students First Funds Golf Tournament. In addition, she works with the Senior Year Experience course as a facilitator coach. Prior to this, she coordinated the UConn Careers for the Common Good program run by the Center for Career Development and the Office of Community Outreach. Stacey earned her Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the NEAG School of Education at UConn and her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Cornell University.
Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs for Division Initiatives
Maureen Armstrong serves as the liaison to academic partners regarding Student Affairs’ role in the support and management of residential living/learning partnerships, coordinates the Senior Year Experience (SYE) class, and is responsible for the development and marketing of professional development opportunities/internships for staff within the Division of Student Affairs. Prior to this she held positions in Residential Life and Admissions at the University of Connecticut, Keene State College and Westfield State University. Maureen is a graduate of University of Maine where she received a Masters of Education and Westfield State College where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She has completed the HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) Program as well as the NASPA Region I Mid-Level Institute.
Cathy Downs works closely with the Vice President and Assistant Vice Presidents for Student Affairs in support of division-wide initiatives. She manages the day to day operations of the office and coordinates a variety of committees and events on behalf of the Office of the Vice President. Cathy also serves as the contact person for the Student Activity and Service Fee Advisory Committee and the Student Life Committee of the Board of Trustees. Cathy has worked in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for 15 years and has served at the University for over 19 years.
Janice Canniff provides administrative services to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and works closely with the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. She also organizes and coordinates various events that represent Student Affairs and is responsible for reports that are generated by the office. She serves as the Division resource for employee search procedures and personnel. Janice received her AAS Degree from Broome Community College, Binghamton, New York.
Jennifer Brodie serves as the primary contact for calls and visitors to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. She works closely with the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Assistant to the Vice President for Planning and Assessment & Director of Senior Transition and Engagement Programs, and the Alumni Relations Coordinator. She is also responsible for the coordination of events for alumni, donor relation efforts, and the Students First Funds Golf Tournament. Jennifer is a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.
Natalie Hershberger is the graduate assistant in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and a student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Master’s program here at UConn. Natalie works closely with Senior Transition and Engagement Program (STEP) initiatives, including the Senior Year Experience course, Senior Kickoff, and Countdown-to-Commencement. Among other duties, she assists with Senior News, the Senior Scoop contest, and UConn Senior social media. Natalie also provides support for HESA interview days and aids alumni efforts. Prior to attending UConn, Natalie served as a Residence Director and coordinated a first-year transitional program at Juniata College. Natalie is also a graduate of Juniata College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication.