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UI Hires Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life

June 07, 2017

The University of Idaho and Division of Student Affairs is pleased to announce that Shawn Dowiak has accepted the position as Assistant Dean of Students and director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, effective July 3.

"Shawn brings a great deal of skill and knowledge to the campus in regards to fraternity and sorority life,” said Blaine Eckles, dean of students. “He will further grow our efforts to strengthen fraternity and sorority life, a tradition of student leadership and engagement at the university, which is over 100 years old.”

Dowiak has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and literature, a master’s degree in teaching, and a doctorate in educational leadership, specializing in higher education administration.

"It is a humbling experience to be invited to work with such a distinguished and historical sorority and fraternity community, and I am excited to join the Vandal family,” Dowiak said.

Dowiak has worked in higher education for several years, most recently at East Tennessee State University as the director of Fraternity & Sorority Life, and as the executive director and chief operating officer of the Tau Delta Phi Fraternity, where he was responsible for budgeting, staffing, educational programming and new chapter development. In addition to his work in Greek life, Shawn has also taught at the undergraduate level as an adjunct professor at the County College of Morris, Bergen Community College and Ramapo College of New Jersey.

“The university is fortunate to have an individual committed to the growth and success of students, with such a strong academic and developmental background,” Eckles said.

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