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IV. Office of the Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources

Marianne H. Begemann, Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources
Dana Kleinhans, Assistant Dean

Office: Main Building, second floor, south wing (M-S220, x 7970)
Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources website

The dean of strategic planning and academic resources is charged with the general development of long term academic planning and the supervision of academic areas of the college outside the curriculum and the academic departments and programs.

The office of the dean of strategic planning and academic resources includes the office of admissions, the office of financial aid, the department of athletics and physical education, the Vassar College libraries, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, the Wimpfheimer nursery school, and the infant toddler center. The office of the dean of strategic planning and academic resources is responsible for academic facilities and also administers the faculty housing program. 

In all issues of computing and information services involving educational policy, the dean of strategic planning and academic resources and the dean of the faculty together are jointly responsible with the chief information officer for computing and information services. On such issues, the dean of strategic planning and academic resources and the dean of the faculty have final authority.

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Admission and Financial Aid

Art D. Rodriguez, Dean of Admission and Student Financial Services
John C. Tesone, Director of Admission

Office: James and Carol Kautz Admission House (x7300)
Admission website

The dean of admission and financial aid supervises enrollment planning and coordinates the activities of the Offices of Admission and Financial Aid. The dean, along with an elected faculty member is the co-chair of the college committee on admission and financial aid, which helps formulate standards and policies governing the admission of students and the awarding of financial aid. The dean is also the chair of the Enrollment Management committee, consisting of representatives from the faculty, admissions, financial aid, and the offices of the dean of the faculty and the dean of the college.

Michael T. Albano, Director of Student Financial Services
Ann Gitto, Associate Director of Student Financial Services

Office: Main Building, first floor, south wing (M-S192, x5320)
Student Financial Services website

The director of financial aid oversees the various forms of student financial assistance. Duties include counseling prospective and current students and their parents about financial aid and awarding and processing federal, state, and institutional aid.

Financial aid is awarded on the basis of need as determined by the director through a federally approved need analysis formula and is governed by federal and state regulations for government funds and by general policy set by the College.


Athletics and Physical Education

Michelle Walsh, Director
Kaitlin Leach, Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance and /Student-Athlete Welfare

Office: AFC, second floor (x7453)
Vassar Athletics website

The goal of Vassar’s athletic program is to foster the ideal of the student-athlete, enabling each student to achieve maximum potential both as an athlete and as a scholar. Vassar’s 20-team varsity program competes in Division III of the NCAA, as well as the Eastern College Athletic Conference, the New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletics Association, and the Seven Sisters Championships. Club programs provide additional opportunities for non-varsity intercollegiate competition. There is an extensive intramural program with both competitive and recreational play that includes basketball, floor hockey, touch football, golf, racquetball, indoor soccer, softball, squash, tennis, mixed volleyball, and inner tube water polo. Faculty members are invited to participate. Questions about the use of athletic facilities should be directed to Bruce Gillman (x7454). 


Copyright Management

Thomas Porcello, Director

Office: Blodgett (x 7244)
Copyright Management website

The director of copyright management is charged with assuring that the college’s copyright policy is made known to members of the college community, and that the college is informed of changes in interpretations of copyright law, or pending legislation and of legal decisions arising from litigation that might affect the College. The director shall arbitrate differences of opinion among members of the Vassar community concerning fair use under copyright law. (The director also serves as the college’s agent to receive notification of claimed copyright infringement in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.) As needed, the director shall consult college counsel concerning questions of copyright law.


Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Timothy Thurber, The Anne Hendricks Bass Director of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center and Lecturer in Art

Office: Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center (L-202, x5235/5236)
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center website

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center houses one of the oldest college art collections in the country, containing over 17,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photographs spanning the history of art from ancient Egypt to contemporary America. Among its holdings are major works from the Hudson River School painters of the nineteenth century.


The Libraries

Andrew Ashton, Director

Office: Main Library (Lib-140, x5787)
Vassar Libraries website

The Vassar Libraries include the main library, the adjacent art library, the music library in skinner hall and the archives and special collections library, housed in the main library. The collections and services of the libraries have been developed to support teaching, learning, and research at the college. The libraries’ collections include almost one million print volumes and sizable microtext, video/dvd, and music collections; in addition, the library provides access to a multitude of electronic resources, including full text indexes, electronic journals and electronic books. Faculty members work closely with the librarians who act as liaisons to their programs and departments; together they build and shape the collections. Acquisition order forms are available on-line at:

 The director and an elected faculty member are co-chairs of the Library Committee, which oversees the policies of the library as an educational unit of the college


Wimpfheimer Nursery School and Infant Toddler Center

Julie Riess, Director

Office: Wimpfheimer Nursery School (x5630)
Wimpfheimer Nursery School website

The Wimpfheimer Nursery School is a laboratory school for the study of early childhood development and education. Children of Vassar employees and community children are enrolled. The director works closely with the education and psychological science departments, and other interested faculty to support student projects and coursework. Under nursery school staff and faculty supervision, students observe children, assist with research, and hold internships and work study positions. The school offers half-day and full-day programs for children 3 to 6, including a full-day kindergarten. Vassar employees receive a discount on tuition and priority enrollment.

Infant Toddler Center Office: South Commons (x7648)
Infant Toddler Center website

The Infant Toddler Center is a year-round early childhood facility, serving Vassar and community children ages 6 weeks through 3 years old. The center also serves as a teacher training and research facility. 


Faculty Housing

Allison O’Brien

Office: Main, second floor south 220 (x7727)
Faculty Housing website

The faculty housing office assists faculty with rental units owned by the college; and sales within the leasehold program. The faculty housing office email address is

Service requests should be directed to Service Response, (x5999), or emailed to: