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March 12, 2010

Dr. Jeffrey L. Philpott appointed Vice President for Student Affairs

David A. Heath, O.D., Ed.M, President of the SUNY College of Optometry, announced the appointment of Dr. Jeffrey L. Philpott as the College's new Vice President for Student Affairs, effective July 1, 2010. According to Dr. Heath, Dr. Philpott was highly recommended as the best candidate for the position, not only by the Search Committee, but also by the students, staff and faculty. Dr. Philpott brings a wealth of experience in student affairs and a demonstrated history of leadership, strategic planning and assessment to the College.

Most recently, Dr. Philpott served Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment at Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) in Honolulu, Hawaii where he was responsible for maintaining enrollment as well as the development and implementation of student development programs and services. HPU is a multi-campus institution with 8300 students from over 100 countries. During his tenure at HPU, he worked to enrich the lives of the students from recruitment and admission through matriculation and graduation. Dr. Philpott led the University's first strategic enrollment management initiative designed to increase student enrollment and heighten the prestige of the academic programs. In addition, he enhanced HPU's co-curricular programming, built strong collaborative ties with universities in Asia and Northern Europe, and increased the number of international students matriculating to Hawaii Pacific. Prior to his position at HPU, Dr. Philpott served as Dean of Student Affairs at Earl Warren College of the University of California, San Diego where he was responsible for the administration and management of Student Affairs; strategic planning; assessment and evaluation; and budget management.

Dr. Philpott received his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University in Ohio; an M.A. in English from Idaho State University in Pocatello and a B.A. in Psychology from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.