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Meet the Team

Francy MaG

Francy Magee

Associate Provost & Dean of Students

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Francy Magee arrived in February 2016 to serve as the Assistant Provost and Dean of Students. Overseeing the Division of Student Affairs, she works to bring the various units together in a common vision of excellence that promotes student success and engagement at Clark. Francy’s professional career underscores her commitment to creating programs and services, in student affairs and with institutional partners, that engender students’ learning and leadership development in the context of their positive community participation. A practitioner-scholar whose research focuses on faculty and students’ collaboration on research projects, Francy contributes to the field of higher education through leadership roles as well as presentations and papers on student learning, professional leadership development, undergraduate research, faculty careers, and teaching.

Prior to coming to Clark, Francy served as the Dean of Campus Life at New York Institute of Technology, where she was instrumental in developing policies and procedures related to campus crisis response, including Title IX, and was part of a leadership team that revitalized and transformed student life. She also served for a year as Acting Director of NYIT’s Division II athletic program. In addition, Francy has held leadership roles at Columbia University and Middlebury College. She earned her B.A. in German and communication studies from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, an M.Ed. in counseling from the University of Virginia, and her doctorate in organization and leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. Francy has taught undergraduate classes in student success and psychology, master’s level classes in communication, and is currently on the faculty of the higher education doctoral program at New England College.

Originally from Virginia and most recently from New York City, where she spent 15 years, Francy is an avid ice hockey fan, hiker, arts patron, and tea drinker. A resident of Worcester with her family, she loves spending time with her dog, is a self-proclaimed cat whisperer, and decent wood-stacker.

Alan Acosta

Alan Acosta

Acting Senior Associate Dean of Students

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Alan Acosta (he/him/his) is the Acting Senior Associate Dean of Students. He supervises the Office of Residential Life and Housing, provides a variety of support to Clark on numerous COVID-19-related concerns, and manages student crises. Alan most recently served at Florida State University in several roles, including as an Associate Dean of Students, Assistant Director for Residence Life, and Residence Coordinator.

Alan earned his Ph.D. from Florida State, where he studied the influence of race on the leadership identity development of Latino men at a Predominantly White Institution. He received both his M.Ed. in Student Personnel in Higher Education and BA in Business Management at the University of Florida.

Alan is an active member of ACPA-College Student Educators International, where he serves on the ACPA Foundation Board, and the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA). Alan enjoys spending time with his partner Danielle, dog Stella, cats Ninja and Buster, as well as reading, writing, and watching sports and pro wrestling.

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Rebecvca Kitchell

Becca Kitchell

Associate Dean of Students

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Becca Kitchell joined Clark University in August 2020 and currently serves as the Associate Dean for Student CARE. Before coming to Clark, Becca served as the Assistant Dean of Students at the University of New Haven in West Haven, CT where her primary role was overseeing the student conduct process and case management system. Becca also worked with community service, wellness education, and family programs. Prior to working in the Dean of Students Office, Becca worked in the Office of Residential Life as the Director of Residential Education.

Becca received her Ed.D in Educational Leadership from Regis College in Weston, MA (where she also attended as an undergrad), focusing her research on first-year student resilience and grit.

Becca volunteers and works with different local organizations that address food insecurity and homelessness. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family. Originally from MA, Becca is excited to be back home.

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Danielle Morgan Acosta

Danielle Morgan Acosta

Associate Dean of Students

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Danielle Morgan Acosta (she/her/hers) returned to Clark University in July 2020 and currently serves as the Associate Dean of Students for Student Engagement. Previously, Danielle served as the Interim-Director of Student Engagement, Director of Student Governance & Advocacy at Florida State University, where she supported student government, the six largest identity-based student unions, the Allies & Safe Zones program, and the strategic vision and crafting of a vibrant and inclusive undergraduate student experience. Before moving to Florida, Danielle worked for Residence Life at Salem State University, supporting RHA, student leadership development, weekend programming, and the first-year experience.

Danielle received her Ph.D from Florida State University, where she conducted a phenomenological exploration of how undergraduate student leadership is influenced by divorce during childhood. Danielle received her M.Ed. from Salem State University. A two-time, first-generation Clark alum, Danielle received her B.A. in History with a concentration in Law & Society, and MAT as part of the 5th Year free program, completing her student-teaching at South High. Danielle has taught undergraduate courses in leadership and change, prepared dozens of trainings regarding leadership, inclusion, systemic change, student voice, and serves as faculty for the ACPA Emerging Leaders Institute.

Danielle is an active leader in ACPA, a professional association committed to racial justice, decolonization, and boldly transforming higher education, in which she will serve as President in 2021-2022. Originally from California, she is passionate about leadership, equity, the student experience, cooking, coffee, the ocean, exploring new places, eating local, and taking her dog on walks around Worcester.

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Haley Haywood

Hayley Haywood

Assistant Dean of Students

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Hayley Haywood earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology here at Clark University, and returned to our community to serve as Director of Multicultural and First-Generation Student Support in January 2016. She currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Equity and Student Success, where she coordinates enhanced support for Black students and other marginalized students and assists with the development of outreach to faculty and staff, particularly to build better understanding of all Clark students’ experiences.

Hayley is passionate about helping students become the best version of themselves, while supporting our community’s continued evolution toward equity and inclusion. Her interests include exploring new places, eating all the foods, and integrating art and social justice. Stop by and say hello!

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Lamara Burgess

Lamara J. Burgess

Director of Student Support Management

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Lamara J. Burgess joined Clark University in May of 2020 and currently serves as the Director of Student Support Management within the Dean of Students Office. Lamara’s primary role on campus is to connect and engage students to supportive resources on and off campus. In addition to serving as a liaison between students and support services, Lamara also meets with students directly to develop individualized success plans that help students become more engaged in and outside of the classroom.

Prior to coming to Clark, Lamara served as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion and Coordinator of Conflict Mediation at The College of Saint Rose, where she directed a peer mentoring program for marginalized students and allies, and held cultural events and programming for the greater campus community. She also serves as a Board Director and volunteer for Mediation Matters, a non-profit organization that helps to empower individuals and communities to manage and resolve conflicts. In addition, Lamara has held leadership positions at Siena College and served 2 years in the national AmeriCorps VISTA program. Lamara earned a B.A. in Psychology from Binghamton University as well as a Master of Science in Education from The College of Saint Rose, where she studied College Student Services Administration.

Originally from the Bronx, NY, and most recently from Albany, NY where she spent over 8 years, Lamara enjoys reading, playing word games, drinking tea, watching Netflix, and catching up with family and friends.

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