Distributed June 29, 2001
For Immediate Release
News Service Contact: Mark Nickel

Margaret A. Jablonski named dean for campus life at Brown University

Margaret A. Jablonski, interim associate vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Connecticut–Storrs, has been appointed dean for campus life at Brown University.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Margaret A. Jablonski, interim associate vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Connecticut–Storrs, has been named dean for campus life at Brown University. Jablonski will begin her duties at Brown Aug. 21, 2001.

“Peggy Jablonski comes to Brown with broad experience in campus life and student affairs,” said Janina Montero, vice president for campus life and student services, to whom Jablonski will report. “During two decades of service at public and private universities, she has led or established effective programs in housing, residential living, non-academic discipline, advising, diversity, crisis response and strategic planning, among others. I am delighted to announce her appointment and am looking forward to her arrival at Brown.”

The dean for campus life (formerly the dean of student life) is responsible for strategic direction and program development in areas that largely determine the quality of student life and the campus environment. These include residential programs, crisis intervention, non-academic discipline, the Office of Student Activities, Health Services, Psychological Services and the Office of Residential Life.

Jean Joyce-Brady, who began serving as interim dean of student life in July 2000, has been named senior associate dean for student life. She will continue to direct the day-to-day operations of the Office of Student Life and will be directly involved in crisis intervention, residential counseling programs, and other initiatives.

“Jean Joyce-Brady provided strong, effective and unwavering leadership in the Office of Student Life during a challenging year at Brown,” Montero said. “The University community owes her a debt of gratitude for her service, wisdom and commitment to students, and I am very pleased that she has agreed to take on this new position in student life.”

Margaret Jablonski

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts–Amherst (B.A., 1981, with honors in history; M.Ed., 1984, in educational policy, research and administration), Jablonski earned a doctorate at Boston University (Ed.D., 1992), preparing a thesis on the leadership styles of women college presidents.

She began working in the student life area as a graduate student, involved in administration of the Greek system and family housing at the University of Massachusetts. From 1985 to 1988, she served as assistant director of housing and coordinator of the victim assistance program at Boston University. In 1988 she became assistant dean for residential services at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, moving to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994 as associate dean for undergraduate education and student affairs. At MIT she designed diversity programs for staff training and student development and contributed to the redesign of the judicial system, providing training for board members.

In 1997 Jablonski began teaching graduate-level courses in leadership theory, higher education, policy development in student affairs and women’s issues in education at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. She continued her teaching duties there even after she moved to her current position at the University of Connecticut in March 1999. Jablonski has published more than a dozen books, chapters and journal articles on student affairs and educational leadership. She has held office on the New England and national boards of directors of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and is on the editorial board of the NASPA Journal.