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FSU's Dean of Students returns to Alma Mater as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

Photo of Vicki DobiyanskiFSU's Dean of Students, Dr. Vicki Dobiyanski, will leave her post this December to begin work as the new Associate Vice President (AVP) for Student Affairs at Texas A&M University.

Serving as Dean of Students since July 2015, Dr. Dobiyanski implemented a centralized reporting mechanism ( for students, faculty, staff and community to share important information regarding incidents or concerning behavior happening in the Florida State University community. She played a key role in combating food insecurity amongst FSU students by raising over $75,000 for the Food for Thought Pantry and Victim Advocate Program.

Dr. Dobiyanski obtained 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.

"Florida State University holds a special place in my heart both personally and professionally," said Dobiyanski. "As a native Texan, I planned to be at FSU for a few years. The Division of Student Affairs and the College of Education continued to provide opportunities to grow as I worked with the Student Government Association and ultimately became the Dean of Students and earn my Doctor of Education. I want to thank the FSU Family for being an important part of my life for almost ten years. Thank you!"

"This is an incredible opportunity for Vicki to return home and serve her alma mater," said Dr. Hecht. "I am grateful for her years of leadership and service to Florida State University. She has truly left her mark here. Texas A&M is lucky to have her."

Angela Lauer Chong, J.D., Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, will dually serve as Dean of Students beginning December 13th.

"I have appointed Angela Lauer Chong, J.D. to serve as the Associate Vice President/Dean of Students for the Division of Student Affairs," said Dr. Amy Hecht, VP for Student Affairs. "She will continue to oversee the Health and Wellness portfolio which includes Student Rights and Responsibilities (SRR), University Counseling Center (UCC), University Health Services (UHS), Campus Recreation, Office of Title IX, and the Department of Student Support Services."

Dr. Shelley Ducatt will serve in an Interim Senior Associate Dean of Students role that will have direct oversight of the Department of Student Support Services including the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC), Victim Advocate Program (VAP), Case Management Services (CMS), New Student and Family Programs (NSFP), Withdrawal Services, and Student Investigations. Dr. Ducatt will also assist with campus emergency and crisis response. A national search for the Senior Associate Dean of Students (Student Support Services) will be conducted in the Spring.

As a direct report to AVP/Dean of Students, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities will have increased oversight by a senior administrator. Through this oversight and the experience that Angela brings to her position, I anticipate continuous improvement and further implementation of best practices in this area.

A Celebration of Service for Dr. Dobiyanski will be announced at a later date.

For more information about the Dean of Students Department, visit