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About the Staff

Jeffrey S. Putman, ED.D.

Vice President for ACADEMIC & Student Affairs

Jeffrey.Putman@downstate.edu

Dr. Putman serves as the Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs for all five of the SUNY Downstate schools and colleges. In his role, he provides overall coordination of services for students and serves as the deputy Chief Academic Officer. In addition, Dr. Putman also serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry.

Prior to coming to Downstate, Dr. Putman served from 1996–2006 in multiple roles at Purchase College, SUNY, including as Interim Dean of Students and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs & Ombudsperson.

In 2017, Dr. Putman received the Outstanding Contribution to the Student Personnel Profession Award from the College Student Personnel Association of New York State. He also was the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 2001 and the Mid-Level Student Affairs Professional Award from Region II of NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education in 2007.

Dr. Putman received his Doctor of Education in Higher & Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2011. He also holds a Master of Education and Master of Arts from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Purchase College, State University of New York. He serves in leadership roles for Region II and the Information Technology Knowledge Community of NASPA, as Past-President of the Teachers College Alumni Council, President Emeritus of the Purchase College Alumni Association, and as Vice President of the SUNY Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers.

You can follow the Division of Student Affairs on Facebook (DownstateSLS) and Twitter (@DownstateSLS). You can also follow Dr. Putman on Twitter at @DrJeffreyP.

 

 

Sophie Christoforou, M.S.Ed.

Associate Dean for Student & Curricular Affairs

Sophie.Christoforou@downstate.edu

Dean Christoforou wears many hats at our school. She considers her most important and fulfilling hat the counseling of students in academic, personal and career matters. She advises students in "life" scheduling (a.k.a. the Wedding and Family Planner!) Dean Christoforou’s favorite 3 days of the year are Graduation, Match Day and new Student Orientation.

Dean Christoforou has been in medical education since 1985. She began her career in Student Affairs at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and joined SUNY Downstate in 1994. She has served on numerous national and regional Student Affairs committees of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and has presented sessions at both the regional and national conferences. In 2002, Dean Christoforou was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for Professional Service. However, her most prized awards come directly from the students for recognition in Student Service.

 

 

Madiha Akhtar, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

madiha.akhtar@downstate.edu

Dr. Akhtar oversees the provision of services to all colleges and schools but with particular focus and responsibility for the College of Health Related Professions, the College of Nursing, the School of Graduate Studies, and the School of Public Health. In addition, she provides services to students with disabilities and international students. She also coordinates the Student Health Insurance program.

Dr. Akhtar holds a doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from University at Buffalo, SUNY. She previously served as the Director of Student Affairs at NYU College of Dentistry where she was responsible for a diverse student population. She worked with deans, chairs, and faculty to develop innovative programming that fostered a positive academic and social community and implemented student success and retention programs. She was also a member of the faculty responsible for all components of diversity and cross-cultural competence curriculum for health care providers at the graduate and post-graduate level.

 

 

Helen Poncet

Senior Student Affairs Associate

Helen.poncet@downstate.edu

 

Lynnette ORTEGA

Staff Assistant

lynnette.ortega@downstate.edu