HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Former Ivy League administrator Heemanshu M.
Bhagat has been appointed vice president for student affairs at Woodbury
Bhagat, who took office in early October, returned to school
administration after completing his doctorate in higher education from
the University of Toledo in Ohio, school officials said. He will oversee
all aspects of student life at the university including career services,
student activities, health services, new student orientation and campus
“Heemanshu’s extensive experience in all aspects of student affairs
will be an important asset in building upon Woodbury’s tradition of
making the student experience a success,” said Woodbury University
President Kenneth R. Nielsen.
Bhagat has more than 15 years experience in student affairs, serving
most recently as vice president and dean for student affairs at Adrian
College in Adrian, Mich. He also held posts at Kent State University in
Ohio and Cornell University in New York.
The new vice president said he preferred working at smaller
universities and turned down a position at UC Berkeley in order to take
over student affairs at Woodbury University.
“Smaller schools offer administrators the opportunity to interact with
students more frequently. At bigger schools, contact with students
becomes constricted and it takes a while for policy to pass the many
committees,” said Bhagat.