Steve Immerman


Steve Immerman grew up in Malone, New York and graduated in 1971 from Franklin Academy High School of the Malone Central School District.At Potsdam College, he majored in Psychology, was a member and officer of Delta Kappa Theta Fraternity, and held various leadership positions on the College Union Board and in the Student Government, including Vice President, and President of SGA.

After graduating from Potsdam, Steve attended State University of New York at Albany where he received MS, Ed.S degrees in Counseling, and Student Personnel in Higher Education. While at Albany, Steve also served as President of the Graduate Student Association.

After completing his graduate work at SUNY Albany, Steve worked in Student Life at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where he met his wife Darcy. During his time in Rochester he developed a groundbreaking student leadership program. Entitled “Insights on the Institute” the program provided a curriculum for leadership training and development while pairing incoming student leaders with senior campus staff, administration and faculty mentors. While in Rochester, Steve also played principal chair, French Horn in the Penfield Community Orchestra and sang with the Rochester Oratorio Society.

Steve’s career at the Institute began in 1979. He has served in a variety of student life, operations, campus planning, project management, fundrais¬ing, and other roles. In addition to the offices listed above, he has in the course of his tenure supervised Audio Visual Services; the Bursar; Campus Police; DAPER (Department of Athlet¬ics, Physical Education, and Recreation); Dining; Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups; Housing; Parking and Transportation; the Registrar; Student Finan¬cial Aid; and Student Information Services.

He has also acted as senior advisor to the senior vice president and the executive vice president and has led and served on numerous campus-wide change initiatives, task forces, capital develop¬ment initiatives, and committees working closely with stu¬dents, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and trustees.

MIT named Steve senior associate dean for student development in July of 2007. In this role, he leads strategic planning for the Division of Student Life, particularly in the area of leadership development, and supervises the Campus Activities Complex, Hobby Shop, Public Service Center, and Student Activities Office.

Steve was first elected to Board of Directors of the Potsdam College Foundation in 1999 and currently serves as its Vice President. During is tenure on the Board, he has served on the Campaign Cabinet and has chaired the Board Development committee. He currently serves as Chair of the Development Committee.

The MIT Association of Alum¬ni/ae elected Steve to honorary membership for his work with students and alumni throughout his career. At the time of his election, only 140 individuals had been so honored since honorary membership was established in 1897. He has also received an MIT Excellence Award and a Distinguished Service Award from SUNY (State University of New York) Potsdam.

Steve received the B.S. in psychology from Potsdam College, the M.S. and Ed.S. counseling and student personnel in higher education from SUNY Albany, and the Ed.D. at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. He and his wife, Darcy Lenden Immerman, have two grown children, Eric and Ted.

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