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.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students
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,
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 the Spirit~Pride~Tradition programs. She also supervises the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and teaches in the Higher Education and Student Affairs master’s program. She loves supporting students who are engaged in creative activities and research. Her own research interests include the experiences of student leaders based on identity, student leader stress and perfectionism, and inclusive and culturally responsive leadership. 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. She also earned a Master’s Certificate in Restorative Practices and a Certificate of Student Affairs Law and Policy.
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.
Assistant to the Vice President for Assessment and Strategic Planning
Daniel Doerr currently leads divisional planning and assessment efforts for the Division of Student Affairs. In this role he develops, implements and manages strategic planning and assessment processes and infrastructures, and supports the planning and assessment efforts of units and departments within the division. His past roles include working with senior transition programs, alumni and development, residence life and study abroad. His professional interests lie in the areas of organizational improvement, performance and effectiveness. 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. He also holds professional certification in both Balanced Scorecard and Key Performance Indicator development and deployment.
Assistant to the Vice President for Administrative Services
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.