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W. Houston DoughartyW. Houston Dougharty
Vice President for Student Affairs
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Jean Peden ChristodoulouJean Peden Christodoulou, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
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Gabrielle St. LégerGabrielle St. Léger, Ed.D.
Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students
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Danielle FlemmDanielle Flemm
Administrative Assistant to the Vice President
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Mike DevlinMike Devlin
Coordinator of Information Systems
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Branka KristicBranka Kristic
Director of Parent and Family Programs
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Colin SullivanColin Sullivan
Director of Communications for Student Affairs
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Nikki Hancock-NicholsonNikki Hancock-Nicholson
Coordinator for Student Success and Student Affairs Operations
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W. Houston Dougharty, Vice President for Student Affairs

W. Houston Dougharty

W. Houston Dougharty is vice president for student affairs at Hofstra University. He holds degrees from the University of Puget Sound (WA), Western Washington University, and the University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB). Before coming to Hofstra in 2014, he was a college admissions director for a dozen years, associate dean of students at Iowa State University, associate dean and acting dean at his undergraduate alma mater (Puget Sound), dean of students at Lewis & Clark College (OR), and vice president of Grinnell College (IA). While at Grinnell, he received the Outstanding Senior Student Affairs Officer award from NASPA Region IV-East in 2013 and the Distinguished Service to the Profession award from the Iowa Student Personnel Association in 2011. In 2018 he was named a Pillar of the Profession by NASPA – Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education, which is one of the highest honors NASPA bestows.

Over the past 36 years he has led and worked in the following areas of college student affairs: counseling & health services; substance abuse prevention; suicide and self-harming behaviors prevention; admissions; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally (lgbtq+) student services; women's center; student legal services; off-campus and commuter student programs; multicultural affairs; service learning; student activities, leadership, unions, and centers; assessment and retention; residence life; religious and spiritual life; learning skills; career services; orientation; judicial affairs; campus safety and crisis management; academic advising; international students; parent and family services; career development; outdoor programs; student advocacy and prevention awareness; peer mentorship; and financial aid..

Houston is very active regionally and nationally in NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) and nationally in ACPA (College Student Educators International). Currently he is the Professional Standards Chair for NASPA Region II. He is a frequently invited speaker at conferences and at schools and colleges and has taught at both UCSB and Drake University (IA). He has been cited in numerous publications (e.g., New York Times, Chronicle of Higher education, Seattle Times, USA Today, NASPA Leadership Exchange) and is published in a number of books, including: Linking Theory to Practice: Case Studies with College Students (2000, 2012), The Advocate College Guide (2006), Maybe I Should . . . : Case Studies on Ethics for Student Affairs Professionals (2009), and Executive Transitions in Student Affairs (2014).

He lives near Hofstra with his family – Kimberly and their teenage son, Fen. Their daughter, Allie, is a graduate of Earlham College (IN). Houston is a native of Santa Fe, NM, is a proud Seattle Seahawk season ticket holder, and sees as much theatre in the city as he can (often with Hofstra students)!

Jean Peden Christodoulou, Ed.D., Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

Jean Peden Christodoulou I joined the Hofstra community in May of 2014 and am thrilled to be a member of the Student Affairs team. I spent twenty years at Stony Brook university, beginning my career in residence life and then working for over a decade in academic affairs as the Assistant Dean and Director of the Undergraduate Colleges. I have spent my entire professional career helping students create connections among what they learn in all areas of their college experience. As the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, I work closely with my colleagues in the Career Center, The Center for Academic Excellence, the Center for University Advising, International Student Affairs and Student Access Serves to create a support system that helps students define and achieve their goals.

I earned my bachelor's degree in Biology and a master's degree specializing in substance abuse education at Stony Brook University. However, soon after beginning work in student affairs, my passion for working in higher education became clear. I earned my doctorate here at Hofstra University. My family and I live nearby and you're likely to see us strolling around our beautiful campus. I'm an avid reader and news junkie, often spending spare time with my nose in a book. I'm not an artist but feel like I'm home in any museum. I also decorate a mean cupcake

Danielle Flemm, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President

Danielle FlemmI started working with the Division of Student Affairs at Hofstra University in January, 2013. Prior to joining the Division of Student Affairs at Hofstra, I was an executive administrative assistant to the CFO of glaceau vitaminwater®, a subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company. I was there for 10 years. Prior to glaceau, I worked for two companies in Manhattan, LEXIS NEXIS and Putnam Lovell, an investment banking firm, totaling 5 years between the two.

As an administrative assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs, I interact with students via email, by phone or in person. Whenever a student wants to see the VP, they most likely will be scheduling a time through me. As I am the “calendar juggler goddess!” Also, either through pop-ins or scheduled appointments, I am the greeter for the VP’s office.

I started my college career down the block at Nassau Community College, where I earned my associate’s degree. I have a bachelor’s degree from S.U.N.Y. at Geneseo in elementary and special education with a minor in psychology. I also attended Gallaudet University in Washington, DC for one year of a two-year master’s in social work program but decided to enter the workforce. I later went back to NCC to get a certificate in Paralegal Studies. I’m also a Public Notary.

I live in East Northport with my husband Mike, our beautiful, energetic sons Ryan and Mason, and our beagle/greyhound mixed rescue, Jake.

Mike Devlin, Coordinator of Information Systems

Mike DevlinMr. Devlin has over 20 years of Information Technology and Management experience. Starting with United Parcel Service in the 90’s, Mr. Devlin made the leap from a purely Management position to a regional Information Services position. After earning certificates from Hofstra University’s College for Continuing Education, Mr. Devlin transitioned to an Information Technology consulting position with A. James de Bruin & Sons where he honed his skills as a database applications developer. From those experiences, Mr. Devlin earned his current position as the Coordinator of Information Systems for the Division of Student Affairs at Hofstra University.

M.S., Hofstra University, Information Technology; Certificate in Database Design, Hofstra University Continuing Education; Certificate in Computer Science, Hofstra University Continuing Education; B.B.A., Hofstra University, Management; A.S., Nassau Community College, Management Coordinator of Information Systems, Hofstra University; Microsoft Office Specialist (Microsoft Access 2003 Certified) Adjunct Professor of Information Technology, Zarb School of Business Hofstra University. Lecturer of Information Technology, Continuing Education, Hofstra University

Branka Kristic,

Branka KristicI am honored to have been serving Hofstra students and their families since 2007. Before coming to Hofstra's Division of Student Affairs, I was the assistant director of academic affairs and special programs at Columbia University. I am convinced that families are our essential partners as we guide students in their academic and personal growth.

I welcome calls and emails from family members of Hofstra students. No question is too small or unimportant. We also welcome Hofstra students' input and involvement in the programming for the family events, such as sibling's day, parent orientation and family weekend. Just email me at parents[at] or call 516-463-7055.

For My Master of Arts degree is in instructional technology and media from Teachers College, Columbia University, I researched how technology may help (or not help) learning. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Queens College. At Hofstra, I continue to be engaged in the Phi Beta Kappa Society and feel blessed to be learning daily from our exceptional student and faculty scholars.

The international and first-generation students hold a special place in my heart, since I was one, too. I invite any student or family member to come by my office for a cup of tea or coffee or just to chat. We will probably talk about Jones Beach, my favorite place in the world, and I will show you my shell collection. Another reason to come: on my walls, you will see some magnificent archival prints from Hofstra's history.

Gabrielle St. Léger, Ed.D.
Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students

Gabrielle St. LégerI am thrilled to be at Hofstra University serving as Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students. I am a graduate of Uniondale High School, and went on to earn my BA in English, an MA in Secondary Education/Language Arts and a doctorate in Educational Leadership Studies/Higher Education Administration – all from West Virginia University.

My work has been guided by my desire to forge multidisciplinary partnerships, both on and off-campus, that create leadership opportunities and support student success and social mobility. There is so much smart talent and enthusiasm toward creating an amazing student experience for all students at Hofstra, it is contagious. I always look to collaborate across the campus to meet students’ needs and provide a safe, diverse, and inclusive college experience.”

Colin Sullivan, Director of Communications for Student Affairs

Colin SullivanColin joined Hofstra in 2012 as Assistant Director of Public Relations. Since then he has grown into the role of Director of Communications for Student Affairs. Colin received his Bachelor’s degree in Public Relation in 2009 from Hofstra University and was a member of the inaugural class for Hofstra’s Public Relation Masters Program in May of 2015. Colin has tons of Hofstra PRIDE, being double alum and now an administrator at the University.

Before Hofstra, Colin worked at a Strategic Marketing firm in Brooklyn, and most recently worked in development and marketing for a daycare agency the operates throughout Long Island and Queens. Colin brings his passion and energy with him to his role at Hofstra and is eager to assist students in becoming more aware and engaged members of the Hofstra community.

Outside of work Colin enjoys spending time with his family, taking dance classes, attending theater performances, and traveling.

Nikki Hancock-Nicholson, Coordinator for Student Success and Student Affairs Operations

Nikki Hancock-NicholsonMy name is Nikki Hancock-Nicholson and I am very excited to be a member of the Student Affairs team. I come to Hofstra by way of CUNY, I've worked in Higher Education since 2004 and have held several positions in Academic Affairs. I am very fortunate to have spent my professional career helping students meet their personal and academic goals. As the Coordinator for Student Success and Student Affairs Operations I will continue to ensure that the students' academic achievements are met by working closely with my Student Success Collaborative team. I earned a bachelor's degree in Government and a master's degree in Public Administration specializing in management and operations at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. My family and I live in Suffolk County. I'm a TV junkie and love all things Game of Thrones. "Winter is Coming"