Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Richard Gatteau has been selected as a member of the ACPA Diamond Honoree Class of 2021.
The Diamond Award is given by the ACPA Foundation, which aims to recognize college student educators working in student affairs and student services. Established in 1994, the ACPA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and has been committed in supporting excellence in leaders shaping their college communities and providing research and scholarship opportunities in their programs.
Educators are nominated and championed by their fellow peers to be a part of the Diamond Honoree Class. The program is supported by donations made in the nominee’s name. The funds that are raised are then used to support the ACPA Foundation in their mission to advocate for student development and success.
Having been a part of Stony Brook University for nearly two decades, Rick Gatteau has striven to bring excellence to higher education for students and staff. He has helped to develop the “Finish in Four” model, an academic advising model that helped to bring Stony Brook University’s four-year graduation rate to its highest level to date. Gatteau has also helped to bring the Office of Student Life and Department of Student Community Development onto campus. This establishment has helped deepen engagement for diverse communities including commuter students, international students, as well as student-parents.
A champion of supporting student success, Gatteau has been committed to improving the quality of education for Stony Brook University. He has served as the Faculty Director of the Higher Education Administration program and currently teaches master courses in the program.