Student Affairs
Administrative Staff

Kathy Woughter, Vice President for Student AffairsVice President of Student Affairs : Kathy Woughter
One Saxon Drive, Alfred NY 14802

Originally from Niagara Falls, NY, Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and secondary education from Geneseo and a master’s in counselor education from Alfred University. She’s worked in student affairs for her entire professional career, including jobs as a residence hall director, swim coach, career counselor, and Director of AU's Career Development Center. She's also on the Jones Memorial Hospital Board and serves on the regional advisory board for NASPA, the National Association of College Student Personnel Administrators. Kathy is very active in outdoor recreation, and on most days would rather be outside biking, jogging, hiking, skiing or kayaking than doing anything indoors. She has been at the University since 1996.

Contact Kathy if

  • You need a friendly starting point to have a question answered, and you don’t know where else to begin
  • You have a concern with any student affairs department that you wish to discuss
  • You want an internship or grad assistantship in the Student Affairs office
  • You have a great idea and want to talk about the opportunities and barriers, or if you want to figure out how to get your voice and ideas heard by others on campus

Why it’s great to be the VP of Student Affairs
“I get to contribute to big decisions that improve the lives of students so that they can get the best possible education at Alfred University. A typical day might include a meeting with a student who has an idea that she needs to figure out how to fund, lunch with an intern, a Student Senate meeting, and a brainstorming session on what a new residence hall might look like. My main job on campus is to advocate for students on a broad scale, and that makes for a pretty satisfying day. “


Dean of Student : Norm PollardNorm Pollard, Dean of Students
One Saxon Drive, Alfred NY 14802

I am a native of Syracuse, but I’ve lived in a lot of different places and was working as a counseling psychologist at a state school in Virginia before relocating to Alfred in 1991. When our children were about ready to start kindergarten, we looked for a small college town to raise our kids. We couldn't find a smaller one than Alfred! So far it’s been a great decision. Prior to becoming the Dean of Student in 2006, I was the director of the Counseling and Wellness Center.

Working hard to pay for my kid's college!

Travel, good food, great books and conversations

Favorite music
Jazz - John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis

Favorite TV Shows
Top Chef, Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, and Ice Road Truckers

Favorite movies
Dr. Strangelove, 12 Angry Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Schindler's List, Shawshank Redemption, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A mighty Wind, Spinal Tap, and ironically - Animal House

Favorite books
Anything by Stephen White, Joseph Heller, Dan Brown, Arthur Miller, Norman Mailer, Maya Angelou, John Irving, Carlos Castaneda, John Grisham, and Michael Crichton

Favorite quotes
"If at first you don't succeed, call it version 1.0."


Valerie DaciwValerie Daciw, Executive Assistant to the Vice President
One Saxon Drive, Alfred NY 14802

Valerie was born and raised in Allegany County, and lives in Angelica NY. She graduated from SUNY Alfred with an A.A.S in Marketing and was a Resident Assistant during her time in college. She has worked in the travel & tourism industry doing sales and marketing, as well as office management and assistant duties. Valerie enjoys spending time with her family, sports events, travel and being around people. As Administrative Assistant to the VP for Student Affairs, Valerie assists the Vice President in all facets of efficiently managing the student affairs division. She also helps with the off campus living program.

Favorite Quote: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
Charles Darwin


Amanda Charles , Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students
One Saxon Drive, Alfred NY 14802

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, I attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia and lived on Long Island before moving to the Alfred area in 1992.

As the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students and Judicial Secretary, I am responsible for maintaining student judicial records; supporting staff and students in their understanding of the judicial processes; assisting with updating the Student Policy & Procedure Handbook; and acting as liaison to faculty and staff for student outreach notifications, and other general office duties.