Meet the Vice President

Dr. Gary Dickstein was appointed the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs at Wright State University October 1, 2016, where he is responsible for providing leadership and effective student services and programs. He oversees 15 University departments including the Asian and Native American Center, Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center, Campus Recreation, Community Standards and Student Conduct, Counseling and Wellness Services, Disability Services, Latino Affairs, LGBTQA Affairs, Pre-College Programs, Residence Life and Housing, Services, Student Activities, Student Support Services, Student Union, University Police Department, Veteran and Military Center and the Women’s Center.

Dr. Dickstein has worked in the field of higher education as an administrator for the past 29 years. Prior to his appointment as the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, he served as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. Over the course of his career, Dr. Dickstein has held numerous positions within various areas of Student Affairs including Housing and Residential Life, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, Off-Campus Housing Services, and Community Standards and Student Conduct.

Dr. Dickstein received his bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University; a Master’s of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Wright State University and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Ohio University. His dissertation research focus was in the areas of student conduct and mental health.

Dr. Dickstein has served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) as director at large, President Elect, President, and immediate past President. He also served the association as the conference chair and Secretary for the Foundation. In addition to being involved in ASCA, Dr. Dickstein is a member of several other organizations including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Order of Omega, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Alpha Lamda Delta and Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) society.

Dr. Dickstein is currently an adjunct professor in the College of Education and Human Services and teaches a class on higher education legal issues. He has also served as a faculty member for the ASCA Donald D. Gehring Conduct Administration Academy and has presented at numerous local, state, regional and national conferences.

Dr. Dickstein has been married to his partner, Shelley, for the past 28 years, and they are the proud parents of twin children, Abigail and Aaron.  Dr. Dickstein enjoys volunteering, coaching and officiating ice hockey as well as playing golf.