There are a plethora of degrees, scholarly articles, self-improvement books, trainings, workshops, and conferences available to leaders today. With all this educational material, there is certainly knowledge to be gained through formalized study, yet, these pursuits often fail to capture the nuances and challenges of day-to-day leadership. Join our guests as they share practical lessons, strategies, and tips they’ve learned on the job.

  • How do you stand out in the profession?
  • What is the difference between managing and leading?
  • How can you be a top-performer while maintaining work-life balance?
  • How do you improve self-awareness?
  • What is the key to transitioning from specialist to generalist to cross functional teams?
  • How can you manage both down and up the organization?

On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Tony Doody speaks with Dr. Ann Marie Klotz, Dean for Campus Life on the Manhattan campus of the New York Institute of Technology, Dr. David E. Jones, Director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at Rutgers University, Dr. Cory Owen, Assistant Dean of International Advisement and Diversity Initiatives at the Juilliard School, and Dr. Matthew Brown,  Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Contracts at Arizona State University.

Please contribute to the conversation by emailing questions before the show to or by tweeting live during the show using the #higheredlive hashtag. We’ll do our best to infuse questions from viewers (with attribution) into the live conversation.


Episode Host

Tony Doody

Tony Doody

Tony Doody has over 25 years of practical experience and oversight in senior leadership positions within the Higher Education industry in the areas of Facilities Management, New Student Orientation, Recreation, Parent and Family Programs, Leadership and Training, Marketing and Communications, Adult Learning, and Major Events and Programs. He currently serves as the Director of Student Centers at the University of Delaware. Over the last six years, Tony has presented at over thirty universities and national conferences on topics of innovation, digital leadership, technology, and unconventional leadership. He received the Diamond Honoree Award from the ACPA Foundation, the highest honor of the American College Personnel Association, recognizing transformative contributions to the field (2017) and earned NASPA's 2017 Technology Emerging Practice Award. In addition, Tony has worked over 20 years as a consultant in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development, presentation skills, risk-taking, innovation, social media, conflict resolution, and team cohesiveness. Past clients include J&J, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Vistakon, Navigant, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, United Way, Merrill Lynch, Tumi International, and Aventis Pharmaceuticals.


Ann Marie Klotz

Dr. Ann Marie Klotz is the Dean for Campus Life on the Manhattan campus of the New York Institute of Technology.  Previously, she spent 14 years working in Housing and Residence Life at Oregon State University, DePaul University, Ball State University and Albion College.  She earned her B.A. from Grand Valley State University (Political Science) and M.A.’s from Michigan State University (Student Affairs) and DePaul University (Women and Gender Studies) respectively.  She earned her doctorate from DePaul University where she studied the career trajectory and leadership styles of ten female university presidents. 

She has served in multiple regional and national roles for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), most notably with the Women in Student Affairs Knowledge Community. She is the recent recipient of the NASPA Region II Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean. Personal and research interests include women’s career development, professional staff recruitment, developing on-line communities, personal branding, and first generation college students.  She can usually be found running in Central Park or running in high heels to work in NYC.  Learn more at


David E. Jones

Dr. David E. Jones is the director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Prior to joining Rutgers, his career in student affairs includes serving in various leadership roles in residence life, student conduct and multicultural affairs at the City University of New York, University of Massachusetts Lowell, New York University and University of South Florida. David’s work centers on diversity, social justice and inclusion, with an interest on the intersection of identity and leadership in higher education. He is a regular presenter at student affairs conferences and frequently delivers workshops and keynotes across the country on college and university campuses. Dr. Jones has been recognized for his student affairs work including the NASPA Region II Mid-Level Professional Award, NASPA Region I Network for Educational Equity & Ethnic Diversity Award, Social Justice Educator Award for American College Personnel Association’s Social Justice Educators Commission and the NASPA African American Knowledge Community Mid-Level Professional Award. David holds a doctorate of education in organizational leadership and communication from Northeastern University, a master of education in college student affairs from the University of South Florida and a bachelor of science in communications from Eastern Connecticut State University. Learn more at


Cory Owen

Dr. Cory Owen is the Assistant Dean of International Advisement and Diversity Initiatives at the Juilliard School.  In her role, she provides oversight of international student, faculty, staff and visitor needs as well as comprehensive diversity trainings for the campus.  Prior to Juilliard, she spent over a decade working in various roles at Texas A&M University, the University of Texas Medical Branch, Rice University, and The New School.  She earned her BA from Texas AM University and MA from the University of Houston Clear Lake.  She received her doctorate from the University of Houston where she studied the impact of model minority myth on Asian American college students.


Matthew Brown

Dr. Matthew Brown currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Contracts at Arizona State University.  He oversees facility management and capital planning for student services and manages the campus dining contract.  Prior to this, he served as Director of Housing and Residential Life at Oklahoma State University.  He has also held positions at Kansas State University, the University of Arizona and Northern Kentucky University.  Mathew have served on a number of committees in ACUHO-I and has been active in both NASPA and NACUBO.  He holds a BS in Political Science from Pittsburg State University, a MS in Counseling and Student Development from Oklahoma State and earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Indiana State University.