To: The Rensselaer Community
From: Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Professor of Engineering Sciences
Re: Travis Apgar Appointed Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Life
I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Mr. Travis Apgar as assistant vice president and dean of students for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Mr. Apgar will begin employment with the Institute on January 15, 2017. The Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students will provide leadership for Student Living and Learning, the Rensselaer Union, Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Judicial Affairs.
Mr. Apgar served Cornell University as the Robert G. Engel senior associate dean of students for over ten years, and most recently as the senior associate director of Campus & Community Engagement for Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living. He expanded student involvement in the Greek system at Cornell and led the areas of Off-Campus Living and Cooperative Living for undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, Mr. Apgar led the creation of the annual BEAR Walk (Being Engaged and Responsible) in 2014 to proactively build positive relationships between Cornell students, Collegetown residents, City of Ithaca officials, and the university. Prior to his roles at Cornell University, Mr. Apgar served as Associate Dean of Students as well as Assistant Dean of Students at Rensselaer.
Mr. Apgar possesses over twenty years’ experience in higher education and has constructed a variety of student services focused roles at top-tier universities. He is recognized as an outstanding higher education senior student life administrator with a broad range of experiences including affinity programming, student conduct, residential communities, student involvement, leadership development, first-year student engagement, and student crisis management.
Mr. Apgar has considerable experience developing vision, comprehensive strategies, and implementing the objectives necessary to attain desired outcomes as it relates to student community and organizational culture change. He has significant experience leading, managing, and supervising an assortment of departments and staff. He is particularly interested in organizational productivity and professional development to identify ways to best serve students, their parents, and invested alumni. Mr. Apgar is considered an authority on hazing prevention, served as a representative to the National Hazing Prevention Consortium, and regularly contributes content to the resources section of HazingPrevention.org
Mr. Apgar earned two advanced degrees – a Master of Science in Educational Administration and Policy Studies, and a Master of Educational Psychology and Statistics – both awarded by the State University of New York at Albany. Additionally, Mr. Apgar holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany.