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.
John R. Saddlemire, Ed.D. has been the Vice President for Student Affairs since May 2004. He has over twenty five years of experience in a variety of college and university settings. Prior to his present position, he served at Heidelberg College in Tiffin Ohio as Vice President for Student Affairs for six years. Previous professional experience has been in the functional areas of Student Activities, Residence Life and Service Learning at Indiana University, the University of Hartford, Penn State University and Elizabethtown College. He also serves as a faculty member and director of the Higher Education in Student Affairs Master Program in the NEAG School of Education.
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
David Clokey 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 Student Services and Advocacy, the Office of Community Standards, and the program functions within the Office of the Vice President. 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, Student Affairs
Cynthia F. Jones, Ed.D. plays a significant role in coordinating the Division's human resources activities and provides direct support for the Department of Career Services and Student Health Services. Additional duties include teaching in the Higher Education program and providing central office leadership for coordination of the Division of Student Affairs Annual Report and other projects as needed. Cynthia holds a doctorate in higher education leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She earned Masters Degrees in Public Administration and Counseling as well as a Liberal Arts Bachelor's Degree from San Diego State University.
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs &
Executive Director of Residential Life
Steve Kremer oversees the auxiliary services areas of Students Affairs, specifically Residential Life, Dining Services and the Student Union. In this capacity he works to ensure that these areas are serving students and working collaboratively whenever possible to enhance the out of class living/community experience. Prior to joining the UConn community in 2008, he served as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at The Ohio State University. Steve earned an M.A. in College Student Personnel, a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and holds a Master's in Theology from St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana.
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. The Department of Student Activities plans and implements major events, recognizes and supports student organizations and advisors, executes leadership development training, plans community outreach programs, and also oversees Club Sports and Husky Pride programs, as well as the newly developed Student Affairs support services for veterans. She also supervises the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life 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 of the Center of Students with Disabilities
Donna Korbel has been the director of the Center for Students with Disabilities at UConn since 1993 and also supervises the Department of Wellness & Prevention Services. She received her M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Springfield College and is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology at the NEAG School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Donna is a member of the Higher Education Student Affairs faculty and 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 Student Affairs &
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 coordinates alumni relations, development and stewardship initiatives in her role as Division of Student Affairs Alumni Relations Coordinator. She assists with the Husky Box, Alumni Weekend, Students First Fund Golf Tournament, development projects and individual Student Affairs department’s alumni outreach efforts. Stacey is completing her studies in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Masters’ program at the NEAG School of Education at UConn. She is a graduate of Cornell University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.
Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs
Cathy Downs works closely with the Vice President and Assistant Vice President 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 13 years and has served at the University for over 17 years.
Janice Canniff provides administrative services to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. She works closely with the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & Director of Career Services and the Special Assistant to the 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, Director of Senior Transition & Engagement Programs, and the Alumni Relations Coordinator. She is also responsible for the coordination of events for alumni and donor relation efforts. Jennifer is a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.
Shana Clarke is a graduate assistant in the office of the Vice President of Student Affairs. She coordinates Huskies Away From Home, a program geared towards serving UConn's out-of-state and international first year and transfer students. Additionally, Shana assists with HESA interview days, aids alumni efforts, and with a team of other student affairs professionals, she organizes and instructs the course, Introduction to Student Affairs: Preparation and Practice. Prior to attending UConn, Shana graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College and worked as an Admission Counselor at The College of Saint Benedict & Saint John's University in MN. Shana is committed to inclusion, support, and student success.
Sarah Lane is the graduate assistant for the Senior Transition and Engagement Program in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. In addition to assisting with the administration of the Senior Year Experience class, Sarah is responsible for organizing senior events, such as Countdown to Commencement and Senior Week, managing informational outreach, and coordinating with other student affairs departments at UConn. In her role with the STEP program, Sarah works to create meaningful programs to assist seniors in their transition to post-college life. Prior to pursuing a MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs at UConn, Sarah worked as a Certified Public Accountant in Oregon.