Jeffrey S. Putman

2020 Pillar of the Profession

Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Whereas, he is a steward of the student affairs profession affirming his passion and commitment by sharing his knowledge and supporting initiatives; and

Whereas, he currently serves as vice president for academic and student affairs at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University inBrooklyn, New York; and

Whereas, he previously served as vice president for student affairs and dean of students and assistant dean for student affairs at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, assistant dean for student affairs and ombudsperson and assistant to the vice president for student affairs at Purchase College, State University of New York; and

Whereas, he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Purchase College, State University of New York, and a master’s degree in higher education administration and a doctorate in higher and postsecondary education administration from Teachers College, Columbia University; and

Whereas, his professional activities and affiliations include serving as a board member and historian of the NASPA Region II Advisory Board, senior student affairs officers liaison for the NASPA Information Technology Knowledge Community, member of the NASPA Region II Conference Planning Committee, president of the Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers of the State University of New York, and member of the State University of New York's Food Insecurity Task Force; and

Whereas, a sampling of his professional accolades include numerous publications and presentations, the NASPA Region II Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean, the College Student Personnel Association of New York State Outstanding Contribution to the Student Personnel Profession Award, NASPA Region II Mid-Level Student Affairs Professional Award, Purchase Student Government Association Award for Staff Excellence, and the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service; and

Whereas, his community service includes serving with the City of New York, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment as the City of New York Instagram Photo Ambassador, NYC&Co: Social Media Ambassador for the City of New York #SeeYourCity Campaign, president, corporate secretary, and treasurer of the Purchase College Alumni Association Inc. Board of Directors, and president of the Teachers College, Columbia University Alumni Council and Alumni Association; and

Whereas, his breadth of experience is rooted in a deep commitment to the students he continues to serve as well as to the student affairs profession; and

Therefore, in recognition of the high regard in which he is held by his colleagues across the Association, the NASPA Foundation Board of Directors recognizes Jeffrey S. Putman as a Pillar of the Profession on this 30th day of March 2020.

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