Graduates from our program pursue careers in a broad spectrum of areas within higher education. Some of our graduates teach and conduct research in higher education as faculty members. Others serve as academic and student affairs administrators for a wide variety of post-secondary institutions. Several of our graduates also work with institutions and governmental bodies to develop higher education policy to solve some of the complex problems higher education faces today.

The list below highlights some of our EdD, PhD, and MA graduates – their backgrounds and current positions.

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Doctoral Alumni

EdD Alumni

Shawn O'Riley

Shawn O'RileyShawn O'Riley is the dean of University College at Adelphi University and has spent the last several years of his career working with non-traditional students in higher education. Prior to his current position at Adelphi, Shawn was associate director of continuing education at Hunter College, and educational programs director for the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens.

Shadia Sachedina

Shadia SachedinaShadia Sachedina has spent the majority of her career working as an administrator in Student Affairs. She currently serves as the director of student life at Baruch College, overseeing the development of an enriched co-curricular college experience. Prior to her current position, Shadia was the associate director of residence life at the School of Visual Arts. She serves as an adjunct instructor at New York University.


PhD Alumni

Daniel Choi

Daniel ChoiDaniel Choi is the assistant dean of student affairs at the NYU-Poly School of Engineering and teaches as an adjunct professor within NYU’s graduate program in Higher Education and Student Affairs. He formerly worked as a residence hall director within NYU's Department of Residential Life and Housing Services and served as a living learning coordinator for Semester-at-Sea. Daniel's dissertation was focused on the racialized experiences of Asian American and Pacific Islander students and campus climate. 

Michael W. Klein

Michael W. KleinMichael W. Klein is the executive director of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities. Michael has published articles on college finance, higher education policy, intellectual property ownership, entrepreneurship, collective bargaining, and the first amendment. Michael was a 2003 fellow of the Higher Education Law Roundtable at the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance, University of Houston Law Center, and was a 2010-2011 Associate of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.

John Michael Lee, Jr.

John Michael Lee JrJohn Michael Lee, Jr is the vice president for the Office of Access and Success at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. He is responsible for implementing a national agenda to improve readiness, access and outcomes for students and help transform member institutions through the use of quality research, effective advocacy and policy, outcome-based convenings, and complex initiatives to transform universities. John is the author of the book American Higher Education without Public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (2011).

Anthony Palatta

Anthony PalattaAnthony Palatta is the senior director for educational program development at the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) in Washington, DC. He performed clinical dentistry both in private practice and in a community hospital setting before joining his dental alma mater, NYUCD, in 1992 as a clinical assistant professor. He instituted the Office for Student Retention at NYUCD in 1999 where he served as the director. In 2006, Dr. Palatta was named the NYUCD assistant dean for student affairs. In addition to his administrative duties, Dr. Palatta co-wrote and taught cultural awareness programming for dental students.

Loni Bordoloi Pazich

Loni BordoloiLoni M. Bordoloi is the program officer of the Teagle Foundation in New York City. She previously was a research associate at the University of Southern California's Center for Urban Education and at the National Commission for Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) housed at the University of California Los Angeles. She was a 2014 Fulbright Fellow at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil. She serves as an adjunct instructor in NYU Steinhardt's graduate program on Higher Education and Student Affairs.

Christopher Pondish

Christopher Pondish

Christopher Pondish is a senior program director with Io Consulting. Before joining Io, Chris was the campus solutions architect for the City University of New York PeopleSoft implementation, vice president for International Community Development at the Higher Education User Group, and since 1998 has taught in the MSEd program at the Baruch College School of Public Affairs. He has spent over 20 years doing institutional research and assessment work at institutions ranging from small privates to large public systems.

Jason A. Presley

Jason A. PresleyJason A. Presley serves as the chief financial officer, executive director of administration, and lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Prior to UPenn, Jason worked in state level higher education policy research as the director of research and analysis at the Colorado Department of Higher Education and served as associate budget director in the Office of Management and Budget at Columbia University.

Chera D. Reid

Chera D. ReidChera D. Reid serves as a program officer for the Kresge Foundation’s Education Program, where her grantmaking activity promotes access and success in higher education for low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students. Before joining Kresge in 2013, Chera worked in program development at MDRC, a national nonpartisan education and social policy research organization working to improve programs and policies that affect the poor. She previously held leadership positions at New York Needs You and the Phillips Academy Institute for Recruitment of Teachers.

Christine Janssen-Selvadurai

Christine Janssen-Selvadurai

Christine is currently a full-time lecturer and the director of the Entrepreneurship Program in the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University. Between 2006 and 2010 she was an adjunct professor at the Mountbatten Institute in New York City. In addition to teaching, she recently developed and launched a brand new entrepreneurship program (Fall 2011), is the adviser of the student-run Entrepreneurship Society, and is the co-founder and co-director of the Fordham Foundry, a new business incubator. Christine also founded Denken Research and Consulting in 2007, a boutique consulting firm in New York City.

Heidi Whitford

Heidi WhitfordHeidi Whitford is faculty in the Higher Education Administration specialization of the Leadership and Education PhD program at Barry University. Prior to joining Barry University faculty, she taught at LaGuardia Community College and at New York University. She was a program officer for the Fulbright International Exchange Program at the Institute of International Education  and later served as a consultant for international higher education research projects at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy at New York University.

Master's Alumni

MA, Higher Education


MA, Workplace Education

Donna Flagg

Donna Flagg

Donna Flagg (Certificate of Advanced Study in Business Education, 2000) spent over 15 years in business before founding The Krysalis Group. Her management career began in sales at CHANEL which led to positions at Barneys New York, Donna Karan and Philosophy Cosmetics. Donna is the author of Surviving Dreaded Conversations and a blogger for both Psychology Today and The Huffington Post.

Wolf Levenson

Wolf Levenson

Wolf Levenson is director of sales training and management development for Tiffany and Co., Northern America. When he joined the NYU Steinhardt Business Education master's program in 2003, he was the senior learning specialist in the Global Education department at Tiffany and Co., specializing in product education and strategic selling skills training. He previously worked as the senior manager of learning, development, and internal communication for Cartier North America.