In his role as Senior Associate Dean of the College for Professional Development, Dean Pittman plans and implements curricula for administrators and support staff relating to inclusion and equity, inclusive leadership, and strategizes to create learning community opportunities to enhance skills and capacities for supporting students.
His work in higher education spans several decades in student life and higher education administration. His career at Vassar College began in 1990 where he was responsible for developing student diversity initiatives and served as dean over a student life division that included International Student Services, ALANA Student Services, LGBTQ and Gender Resources, Religious and Spiritual Life, and First Year Programs. He is the founding Director of the ALANA Center and developed Vassar’s Bias Response Team, which has become a model for colleges across the country. As an educator, he has taught courses in race relations and Sociology; at Vassar, he has co-taught the first credit bearing Intergroup Dialogue course (Education Department, 2018) and coordinated the College’s first co-curricular Intergroup Dialogue Program (Mixing it Up) from 2004-2007. In collaboration with students, faculty, administrators and staff, Dean Pittman chaired a campus life resource group responsible for planning Vassar’s annual All College Day for 18 years, a campus-wide initiative to promote campus dialogue and engagement across constituent groups. He has chaired and served on numerous campus diversity committees, including the Taskforce on Student of Color Quality of Life, Committee on Inclusion and Equity (CIE), the Diversity Structures Tasksforce, and the Engaged Pluralism Coordinating Committee. Dean Pittman is a founding member and past chair of the Consortium on High Achievement and Success (CHAS), a consortia of diversity leaders at liberal arts colleges. He also served on Vassar’s 2009 and 2019 Self-Study for Middle States Accreditation. In 2019 he was named a Peer Evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
As a facilitator and trainer, he has led numerous workshops, seminars, campus dialogues, Conversational Dinners, first-year student engagement and diversity programs, diversity trainings, and campus community projects that promote awareness, personal growth, and institutional change.
Dean Pittman has a doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in Multicultural Education from SUNY New Paltz, an A.B. in Sociology from Vassar College, and an Associate’s Degree from Dutchess Community College.
He was raised in Poughkeepsie, is a past President of the Poughkeepsie City School Board and lives in the city with his family.