Dr. Richard Gatteau
Vice President and Dean of Students
Dr. Richard Gatteau is starting his 26th year working in the higher education field. He serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, and is the Faculty Director of the Higher Education Administration program.
Dr. Gatteau earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Bucknell University and his master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Vermont. He completed his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration at Fordham University. His doctoral dissertation research focused on female presidential leadership at selective higher education institutions.
Dr. Gatteau's career includes working in residential life and academic advising capacities. He worked as a Hall Director at the University of Vermont and as Assistant Director and Director of Residential Life at Iona College before transitioning to academic advising. Dr. Gatteau was the Senior Dean of Columbia University's sophomore advising center before coming to Stony Brook University in 2002 as Director of Academic and Pre-Professional Advising. In 2011, he became the Assistant Provosts, and in 2014 became the Associate Provost for Academic Success in the Division of Undergraduate Education.
As the Associate Provost, he was responsible for supporting the University's retention and graduation efforts, and worked closely with new student orientation, academic advising, tutoring, and other offices that support students' academic success. As part of the Higher Education Administration master's program, Dr. Gatteau teaches Foundations of Higher Education Administration, Advising and Counseling in Higher Education, and Project Seminar.
Dr. Gatteau has been instrumental in implementing programs and services that help students achieve their academic goals. He was featured in an interview in the Stony Brook Magazine about the University’s commitment to helping students succeed in the classroom and beyond the classroom, “For students to be successful, they need to know and feel that people care about them. They also need to receive guidance that supports all dimensions of their wellness — academic, social, physical, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational and intellectual. Stony Brook goes far beyond many campuses by placing a lot of value on building community and creating a strong sense of place.”