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Texas A&M Welcomes New Associate Vice President For Student Affairs

A former student of the university, Vicki Dobiyanski brings 15 years of higher education administration experience to Texas A&M.
By Sondra White, Texas A&M University Division of Student Affairs November 5, 2019

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Vicki Dobiyanski will start her role as associate vice president for Student Affairs Dec. 17.

Texas A&M Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs at Texas A&M University announced today that Vicki Dobiyanski will begin work as its associate vice president on Dec. 17.

As a member of the division’s leadership team, Dobiyanski will oversee and support the Memorial Student Center, Department of Multicultural Services, Department of Student Activities and the Veteran Resource and Support Center. She also will be responsible for the advancement of the division’s diversity efforts as they relate to Texas A&M’s goals of accountability, climate and equity. She also will serve as chair of the Texas A&M Expressive Activity Committee.

“I am exceedingly pleased to welcome back Dr. Vicki Dobiyanski to Texas A&M as the Division of Student Affairs’ next associate vice president for student affairs,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Daniel J. Pugh Sr. “Dr. Dobiyanski was clearly identified as the top candidate, and we are fortunate to have her join the nation’s premiere student affairs division. She is a proven national, regional and state leader as well as at Florida State University in Tallahassee. She brings with her an outstanding portfolio of experiences and successes that will allow us to remain focused on students and their development as leaders and citizens. The entire Aggie Network should be thrilled knowing that we went out and got the absolute best professional in the nation and, unsurprisingly, she turned out to be an Aggie.”

Dobiyanski served most recently as dean of students and director of the Student Government Association at Florida State University. Before moving to Florida, Dobiyanski served at Texas A&M as a student development specialist for the Student Government Association and as house director for the Zeta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi. Early in her career, she worked as student program coordinator in the Student Activities Office at the University of Notre Dame.

She has doctoral and master’s degrees in education administration from Florida State and Texas A&M, respectively, and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in human resources management and technical writing from Texas A&M.

As a student at Texas A&M, Dobiyanski was involved in numerous Aggie traditions, including serving as chair of Traditions Council and participating in the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band and Symphonic Band, all of which led her to a career in higher education. She also is a recipient of The Association of Former Students’ Buck Weirus Spirit Award.

“This foundation inspired me to study campus traditions as a research interest and to learn about students’ involvement with campus traditions,” Dobiyanski said.

Her dissertation research focused on diverse student experiences with campus traditions and learning about traditions within sub-communities on campus that help students find a sense of belonging and place in the community.

“I am honored to return to Texas A&M University to work with Dr. Pugh, the Division of Student Affairs and partners across campus to support student development and success,” Dobiyanski said. “Texas A&M University is comprised of outstanding students, faculty, staff and former students, and I am eager to return to Aggieland and develop relationships across the Aggie community. I look forward to the opportunity to work toward the strategic goals, mission and vision by being student-centered and upholding the Aggie core values — excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service.”

The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs serves and supports 17 departments within the Division of Student Affairs that are engaged in all aspects of students’ lives and the delivery of key services and support. Dobiyanski replaces C.J. Woods, who left the division in May to join Texas A&M President Michael K. Young’s cabinet as associate vice president and chief of staff.

The vision of the Division of Student Affairs at Texas A&M University is to be a preeminent, student-centered division that inspires and prepares students for a life of learning, leadership, service and citizenship in a global society. Led by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the division’s 17 departments achieve this vision and contribute to student success by cultivating an environment of inclusivity and intellectual curiosity, promoting student health, safety and well-being, strategically leveraging resources for the future, investing in our organization and advancing our profession.

Media contact: Sondra White, Texas A&M University Division of Student Affairs, 979-845-3296,

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