Vice President for Student Affairs


Dr. Maryellen Gilroy
Vice President for Student Affairs
309 Sarazen Student Union
(518) 783-2328

Educational Background

• B.A., Providence College
• M.S., Central Connecticut State University
• M.Ed., Teachers College, Columbia University
• Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University


As the senior student affairs officer for the College, Dr. Maryellen Gilroy works with students, faculty, administration and the Board of Trustees to establish programs and policies for the overall co- curricular and student life programs of the College.

Dr. Gilroy was appointed Vice President for Student Affairs in July 2000 after serving as Dean of Students and adjunct faculty member at Southern Vermont College. She earned her B.A. in art from Providence College, an M.S. in Counseling from Central Connecticut State University, a M.Ed. in Higher and Adult Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and an Ed.D. in Higher and Adult Education with a concentration in Student Personnel Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is licensed in the State of Vermont as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor.

As the Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Gilroy oversees a variety of student life programs and services including Dean of Students, Residential Life, Campus Programs and Activities, Health Services, Counseling Services, Multicultural Affairs, Sr. Thea Bowman Center for Women, Public Safety and Services for Students with Disabilities.

Dr. Gilroy was elected Chair of the Board for the Association of Student Affairs for Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASACCU) in July of 2009 and serves as a Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation evaluator (October 2012) and Board member for the AIDS Services Board, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany (2006-present) where she previously served as Vice President for President for the AIDS Services Board. She has presented seminars on various issues in student affairs and is actively involved in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and ASACCU. In 2006, Dr. Gilroy received the Administrator of Year Award by the Student Senate for her contributions to the Siena College community.

Dr. Gilroy has several publications, most recently, “Reflections on Recruitment for Mission and Catholic Identity: Lessons Learned” in the Journal of Catholic Higher Education (2010); “Recruiting for Mission: St. Anthony’s College” in Estanek, Wankel, Meyer, and Wright eds., Reading the Signs: Using Case Studies to Discuss Student Life Issues at Catholic Colleges and Universities (2008); Recruiting for Mission in Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities: a Case Study in the AFCU Journal: a Franciscan Perspective on Higher Education (2007) and was one of seventeen professionals who served as writers for the Principles of Good Practice for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities, Wye River Writers’ Group Participant, published in 2007 and its second revision in 2009.