Vice President and Dean of Students
Jeanne Ortiz began her term of office as Whittier's dean of students on March 1, 2006.
Ortiz started her career in the field of higher education in 1979 as a member of the faculty at the State University College at Buffalo. Her academic interests in urban planning and housing soon led her out of the classroom and into hands-on work with residence life staff; subsequently, she shifted her professional focus permanently to student life and development.
Her diligence and hard work in this crucial area of campus operations resulted in positions of increasing responsibility: as associate dean of students at Houghton College in New York; as dean of student life at University of The Incarnate Word, a fellow Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) located in Texas; and vice president for student development and dean of students at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, a top East Coast women's college, where she served for nearly a decade.
Throughout her career in academe, Ortiz has been dedicated to helping students to engage in leadership development, particularly with application toward service and change in the campus and larger communities. To that end, at College of Notre Dame Ortiz co-chaired the development of a certificate program in Leadership and Social Change, an academic and experiential program widely hailed by its graduates as instrumental in achieving early professional success.
Additionally, Ortiz has served on numerous education-and community-related boards and committees, notably with the governing board for the Baltimore Collegetown Network, a higher education organization which strives to partner its membership of 15 local colleges and universities together with government, business, and community leaders in order to develop and market Baltimore as a vibrant place to live and learn.
Ortiz earned her doctoral degree in educational administration, organization, and policy from State University of New York at Buffalo; her master's degree in urban planning and human environment and design from Michigan State University; and her undergraduate degree in home economics education from Mansfield State University in Pennsylvania. She has presented her research at industry conferences around the country, and she authored the chapter "Living a Life of Honor," published in the Information Age Publishers' forthcoming text, Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities: Lessons Learned and Shared - A Case Study Approach.
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