Dr. Meg Nowak was named Vice President of Student Affairs at Hartwick College in the fall of 2008. She is responsible for coordinating and managing the resources of the Student Affairs division to meet the needs of Hartwick's students. She oversees Athletics, Campus Safety, Counseling and Health Services, Health and Wellness Education, Intercultural Affairs, Residential Life and Housing, Student Conduct, Student Senate and Leadership Development, Greek Life, Campus Activities, Dewar Union, Recreation and Intramurals. The division has more than 85 employees who work to support student development and success. Prior to working for Hartwick College, Dr. Nowak served as assistant dean in the School of Business at Ithaca College, associate director of advisement and transition at SUNY Cortland, assistant dean of students at Cornell University, director of orientation and first-year programs at Framingham State College, assistant director of residential services at SUNY Cortland, career planning program coordinator at Youngstown State University, and as a residence hall director at Indiana State University.
With more than 25 years of experience in higher education administration, Dr. Nowak is active in several professional associations, including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the American College Personnel Association, the National Orientation Directors Association, the Association of Student Conduct Administrators, and the National Academic Advising Association. She is a member of Nu Sigma Chi, Tau Sigma, and Sigma Iota Epsilon. She serves on the Bugbee Children's Center Board. Her presentations and research focus on the development of mid-level student affairs managers and the transfer-student experience.
Dr. Nowak earned her Ph.D. in higher education administration from Boston College. She holds a master's degree in student affairs administration from Indiana State University. As an undergraduate, she studied at the University at Buffalo, where she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology with concentrations in industrial and organizational behavior and human resource management, and the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she received an associate's degree in buying and merchandising. She grew up in Cazenovia, NY. Dr. Meg Nowak resides in Oneonta with her family Francis Borrego '92, Ava and Gabriel. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, ice hockey, traveling, theatre, music, and dance.