Boston College has named Dr. Melinda Stoops as the new Associate Vice President (AVP) for Student Affairs. Dr. Stoops will come to BC from her previous position at Framingham State University, where she was Associate VP of Student Affairs and Dean of Students.
The position of AVP is responsible for overseeing and programming five major departments within Student Affairs, including The Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center, University Counseling Services, Graduate Student Life, University Health Services, and the Women’s Center.
Dr. Stoops holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Smith College and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana State University. She also has a background in mental health, having previously been the Program Director of the Mental Health Residential Division at Riverside Community Care as well as a Unit Coordinator at Massachusetts Correctional Institution, a medium-security women’s prison in Framingham, MA.
"We are thrilled to have Dr. Stoops join our staff,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Barb Jones. “Her experience and her dedication to students make her a great fit for this position and for BC."
Dr. Stoops said, “I'm really excited to join such a strong department and have the opportunity to work with a fabulous group of student affairs professionals. I'm also excited to be working with Barb Jones and benefitting from her professional knowledge and skills.”
When asked about her fit for the AVP position, Dr. Stoops said she has worked directly with many of the offices that fall under the jurisdiction of the AVP (Counseling, Health, and AHANA). She points to her “ability to establish strong working relationships” as one of her greatest skills, and she looks forward to using that strength in order “to enhance collaborations both within the Division and with other campus areas.”
Moreover, as per the job description, the AVP “serves as the University’s Title IX Coordinator for students, responsible for campus-wide education, prevention, and response efforts regarding sexual assault and sexual misconduct.” Dr. Stoops is Title IX certified and serves as the Title IX Coordinator for students in her current position, which is increasingly valuable amidst today’s conversations about sexual assault on campus.
Moving forward, Dr. Stoops said, “I've been really impressed with what I've seen so far in the Division. I'm planning to spend my transition time getting to learn more about the areas for which I will be responsible, and their needs, so that I can identify the ways I can be of greatest assistance.”
Her position will become effective on June 19.