The Office of the Dean of Students fosters connections between and celebrates the integration of academic and experiential learning in partnership with students, staff, and faculty, to support students’ exploration of, connection to, and creation of their Middlebury experience within our vibrant and aspiring inclusive community.

We do this by implementing the following:

  • Providing a safe, healthy, residential environment in which students study, live, and grow.
  • Supporting students’ abilities to act with integrity, responsibility, and respect.
  • Providing leadership development, mentoring, and support for student initiated and led organizations and events.
  • Connecting new students and families to Middlebury and the surrounding communities through orientation programming.
  • Fostering skill building and inviting reflection on health and wellness at the individual and community levels.

Fall 2021 Welcome Message from Smita Ruzicka

Hello, my name is Smita Ruzicka, and I am your new vice president for student affairs.

I wanted to take this opportunity to say hello and tell you a little bit about myself, and welcome you to our new academic year. As your new vice president for student affairs, I work with an amazing and dedicated group of staff who are here to serve you. At the end of the day, I see my job as very simple, to ensure that every single student here feels like they belong, that they feel seen and heard. And so, I hope and wish to work with you every day to partner with you and to ensure that you feel like you belong here.

I hope to be a vice president who is out and about, meeting lots and lots of students, so you’ll see me around campus, whether it’s for student events, whether it’s in your dining halls, whether it’s just walking around in one of our wonderful quads. So please come say hello to me. You can also follow me on Instagram at Dean Smita Ruzicka.

I hope that you have a fabulous semester and a wonderful start of the year. And remember, if you need anything, we’re here to serve you. Have a great rest of your week.

Smita Ruzicka

Vice President for Student Affairs

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Derek Doucet

Dean of Students

Michelle Davis

Operations Manager, Student Affairs Division

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