Dowling College Restructures Office of Student Affairs
In an effort to create a more complete assessment of student learning and outcomes, Dowling College has unveiled a student support mechanism within the Office of Student Affairs with the announcement of a new position, Dean of Academic Support Services.
Huntington resident Reverend Dr. Kevin D. Jordan has been named Dean of Academic Support Services at Dowling College. In this newly created position, Dr. Jordan will be addressing one of the college's priorities, the strengthening of several programs that foster the development of skills and knowledge necessary for students to be successful in college. He also will design and implement methods to assess the skills of individual students, provide remediation when necessary, and ensure the effectiveness of the programs.
"In response to a national concern voiced by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education regarding the preparedness of students, the Office of Student Affairs at Dowling has decided to create a new position that will deal specifically with student outcomes and success. In this position, Dr. Jordan will analyze statistics and address remediation and retention," said Dr. David Ring, Vice President for Student Affairs.
Also as part of the restructuring, Dowling College has named Ronnie MacDonald, a resident of East Patchogue, NY, Dean of Student Services for Dowling College. In this position, Ms. MacDonald will oversee Student Services and Residence Life. In addition to this position, MacDonald holds the position of Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.
Dr. Jordan, who recently marked 20 years of service to Dowling, is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and holds degrees from Princeton University and Union Theological Seminary in the areas of psychology, practical theology and African American studies. Additionally, he holds a doctorate in Education Administration, Leadership, and Technology from Dowling College.
Dr. Jordan also serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Human Development and Learning and College Orientation and teaches college orientation and research methodology. Dr. Jordan is Chair of the Advisory Board for the Center for Minority Teacher Training and Development at Dowling as well as a Chairperson of the Suffolk County African American Advisory Board. He serves on the Suffolk County Intergenerational Commission and works closely with the ERASE Racism Organization of Long Island. Dr. Jordan is also President and CEO of KDJM, an international ministry that promotes Christian growth and community.
Ms. MacDonald, who has worked in various roles at Dowling since graduating in 1980 with a B.A. in Music Education was also recently named President of the Long Island Council of Student Personnel Administrators (LICSPA). Ms. MacDonald has long been active in LICSPA, which represents 19 colleges and universities on Long Island. Ms. MacDonald has worked at Dowling for 19 years and earned her M.S.Ed. in Secondary Education in January 2004.
About Dowling College
Dowling College is an independent, coeducational college that serves more than 6,500 students at
its historic Rudolph Campus on the banks of the Connetquot River in Oakdale, NY, and the 105-acre
Brookhaven Campus in eastern Long Island and a business center located near the Nassau-Suffolk
border in Melville. Dowling offers Bachelor′s, Master′s, and Doctoral degrees in several
disciplines through its four schools: Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Education.