A Baltimore, Maryland native, Howland has more than 20 years’ experience in higher education. Most recently, she served as vice president for student affairs and dean of students at State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego. In that position, she chaired the Campus Student Life Covid-19 Planning Group, preparing the campus for reopening, supervising baseline testing for all students during move-in, and serving on Oswego Forward Reopening Working Group to draft the reopening plan.
Beginning in 2014, Howland provided leadership in a number of positions for student affairs and enrollment management at SUNY Oswego, including Financial Aid, Admissions, Campus Life, Career Services, Student Involvement, Residence Life, Student Conduct, Auxiliary Services, Intramural/Recreational Sports, Athletics, Community Service/Service Learning, New Student Orientation, and over 200 student clubs and organizations.
She served as a member of the president’s cabinet, planned and developed policy, and created constituency-building affiliations with other cabinet members to create a campus culture that promoted student success, provided a safe and welcoming campus environment for a diverse student body, and fostered a sense of community among the students.
Previously, she held similar positions at Rhode Island School of Design, SUNY College of Technology at Alfred, University of Maryland College Park, University of Iowa, Loras College, and Southeast Missouri State University.
Howland earned her bachelor’s degree from Frostburg State University, her master’s degree from Southeast Missouri State University, and her PhD from University of Iowa.