I am pleased to announce that W. Houston Dougharty has been appointed to the position of Vice President for Student Affairs, effective August 1, 2014.
Mr. Dougharty has been the Vice President of Student Affairs at Grinnell College (Iowa) since 2008, where he supervised, among other areas, Academic Advising, Disability Resources, Campus Safety & Security, Residence Life and Orientation, International Student Affairs, Student Health and Counseling Services, Student Activities and Campus Centers, Religious Life, and Student Conduct. In his role at Grinnell, Mr. Dougharty also worked with his colleagues in the President’s cabinet on campus initiatives regarding compliance, risk management and assessment. During his time at Grinnell, he received the Outstanding Senior Student Affairs Officer award from NASPA Region IV-East in 2013, and the Distinguished Service to the Profession award from the Iowa Student Personnel Association in 2011.
Prior to his role at Grinnell, Mr. Dougharty served as the Dean of Students (senior student affairs officer) at Lewis & Clark College (Oregon) from 2006-2008, and in senior leadership roles in student affairs at the University of Puget Sound (1999-2006) and Iowa State University (1997-1999). At the University of California, Santa Barbara, Mr. Dougharty coordinated sexual harassment prevention education, taught in campus learning assistance, and coordinated family housing, and at Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College he coordinated Peer Advising.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Dougharty had leadership roles in the admissions offices of the University of Puget Sound and the University of Hartford. Mr. Dougharty holds a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound, a M.Ed. from Western Washington University, and an M.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Mr. Dougharty joins us with a broad range of experience in student affairs strategic planning, assessment and leadership, with expertise in sexual harassment prevention, student mental health, and transition and parent issues. For more than two decades he has held leadership roles in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and American College Personnel Association, having published book chapters, articles, and case studies and presented at numerous conferences. His unique breadth of knowledge and experience will enhance our already excellent student affairs division. Please join me in welcoming Houston Dougharty to Hofstra University.
— President Stuart Rabinowitz