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 as the Vice President for Student Affairs 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. 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.
Eleanor JB Daugherty 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, Wellness and Prevention 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), Columbia University (M.Ed.) and Columbia University (Ed.D). Elly’s academic interests include diversity and inclusion among underrepresented college students and is reflected in her 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 Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs for Administration. He coordinates the central budget process for the Division, directs the University Student Fee process for the General University Fee and Student Activity Funds, oversees the Division capital project prioritization processes, the Division technology oversight committee as well as supervises the Division’s IT Department, the One Card ID Office, the Student Union, and the staff responsible for the program functions within the Office of the Vice President (Human Resources, Assessment and Strategic Planning, Alumni Relations, and Foundation account management). 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,
Executive Director of Student Activities
Joseph Briody serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Executive Director of Student Activities for the Division of Student Affairs. Joe oversees a comprehensive portfolio of student engagement programs and services that include major campus events, student/student organization leadership development, trustee organization support (e.g. student government, media orgs, etc.), community outreach programs, the University’s Spirit programs, fraternity/sorority development, and business support services. He earned his doctorate in Higher Education Administration, a Master of Arts in Education, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting all at the University of Connecticut. Joe has been an adjunct instructor for 20 years at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and has extensive knowledge of Student Activities program development, assessment, finance, and organizational leadership. Joe is dedicated to working with students and student leaders and enjoys supporting, challenging, and inspiring students.
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. She completed her doctoral coursework in Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut and is an affiliate faculty member of the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at the Neag School of Education. 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.
Director of Student Affairs Human Resources & Foundation Relations
Stacey Murdock provides leadership and support related to personnel functions for the Division of Student Affairs as well as directs divisional alumni relations, parent engagement, development and stewardship efforts. In addition, she is the Division of Student Affairs liaison to the Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program. 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.
Cathy Downs supports 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 Division of Student Affairs and the Office of the Vice President. Cathy also serves as the contact person for the Student Activity and Service Fee Advisory Committee and the Board of Trustees Student Life Committee. Cathy has worked in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs since 1998 and has served at the University since 1994.
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, NY.
Ginger White provides administrative and program services to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. She serves as a resource to students, staff and others on matters related to administrative procedures and matters relating to the Division of Student Affairs. Ginger also provides support for development-related efforts, including the Students First Fund Golf Tournament and stewardship. She previously worked in the Tolland School system for 14 years.