Dr. Jeffrey Putman was appointed Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in February 2013. He provides leadership for the Division of Student Affairs & serves as Chief Student Affairs Officer for the Colleges of Medicine, Health Related Professions & Nursing, and Schools of Public Health & Graduate Studies. He also serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry.
Prior to this, Dr. Putman served as Downstate’s Assistant Dean for Student Affairs & in multiple Student Affairs roles at Purchase College, SUNY, including Interim Dean of Students, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs & Ombudsperson. In 2001, Dr. Putman was recipient of the State University of New York's Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. In 2007, he was recipient of NASPA's Mid-Level Student Affairs Professional Award from Region II.
Prior to his work in Student Affairs, Dr. Putman served as a Legislative Aide for the NYC Council and interned with CBS News – CBS This Morning and with the promotions & news departments of WPLJ-FM, New York City.
Dr. Putman earned his Doctor of Education in Higher & Postsecondary Education in 2011 from Teachers College, Columbia University. His dissertation, sponsored by Dr. Sharon A. McDade, focused on the Student Affairs Pathway to the College/University Presidency. He also earned a Master of Education (1998) & Master of Arts (1997) in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University & a Bachelor of Arts (Summa Cum Laude - 1996) in Political Science from Purchase College, SUNY. In 1997, he was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in Education.
In addition, Dr. Putman is Regional Historian/member of the Region II Advisory Board and Senior Student Affairs Officer Liaison to the Information Technology Knowledge Community for NASPA; President, Teachers College Columbia University Alumni Council and the Teachers College Alumni Association; President-emeritus, Purchase College Alumni Association, Inc; and Secretary of the SUNY Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers.
In 2013, Dr. Putman was appointed an Official City of New York (@NYCgov) Instagram Photo Ambassador by the City of New York after winning the 2013 #LoveNYC Photo Contest sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment and in 2014 was appointed a #SeeYourCity Social Media Ambassador by NYC & Company, the City of New York's official marketing, tourism and partnership organization. He also holds a Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit (FCC License) from the US Federal Communications Commission with he received while serving on the staff of WCDB-Albany.