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 the following areas: Athletics, Campus Safety, Counseling and Health Services, Health and Wellness Education, Challenge Education, Residential Life and Housing, Student Conduct, Summer Programs, Student Senate and Leadership Development, Greek Life, Campus Activities, Dewar Union, Recreation and Intramurals, and Social Issues—LQBTQ support, interfaith and spirituality, and diversity. 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 the State University of New York at 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 residence hall director at Indiana Sate University.
With more than 20 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 advisory board for AcademyOne and 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 doctorate in higher education administration from Boston College in 2004; her dissertation was titled "Understanding the transfer student experience from the student voice." 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 and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, ice hockey, traveling, theatre, music, and dance.