Residence Life Staff

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What We Do

Director of Residence Life 

The Director of Residence Life is responsible for creating and managing a team of supportive Area Coordinators who in turn supervise student Peer Counselors (PCs ) to promote a positive residential experience for approximately 1,450 on-campus students. The Director coordinates all aspects of the hiring, selection, training, evaluation and program development of both professional and paraprofessional staff. The Director also contributes to the academic mission of the institution by enhancing the out-of-classroom experience for a diverse, thoughtful, and engaged student body. In addition, the Director is the liaison for the Feitler House co-op and residential Graduate Students who live in Robbins Addition, Resnick Commons and Briggs House. This position reports to the Dean of Students.

Director of Housing

The Director of Housing provides overall departmental leadership and vision in order to create and maintain safe and secure residential living for on-campus students living in over fifty uniquely designed residence hall.  This position coordinates all aspects of the housing assignment process for both returning and newly admitted students and room changes, as needed. The Director oversees the facilities management by serving as the department’s liaison to the Buildings and Grounds and Environmental Services departments to ensure aspects pertaining to a student’s physical environment are attended to in a timely manner. This position reports to the Dean of Students.

Assistant Director of Residential Education

The Assistant Director of Residential Education is responsible for managing and developing the Peer Counselor and Lead Peer Coordinator program. In this role, the Assistant Director manages recruitment and selection of PCs/LPCs, is responsible for coordinating PC/LPC training and development, and works closely with Area Coordinators who directly supervise PCs. The Assistant Director manages the daily operation of the Residence Life and Housing central office (Shea House), and directly supervises the LPC team. The Assistant Director also manages the department's website, and provides support to the Director of Residence Life, and the Director of Housing. 

Area Coordinators (ACs)

The Area Coordinators (ACs) play a significant role in maintaining a  residential community, which supports and promotes student individual growth, responsibility, and academic achievement while assisting with the day to day operations of the residence halls. There are four ACs who report to the Director of Residence Life. The ACs, in turn, supervise a staff of Peer Counselors(PCs) and assist in the development of community based programs that enhance the quality of life in the residence halls. ACs are full time professional staff who live on campus and maintain office hours to meet with students to discuss academic and non academic concerns. The ACs serve as a part of a 24 hour on-call rotation to address emergency situations working collaboratively with other campus resources and staff members.

Lead Peer Coordinators (LPCs)

Lead Peer Coordinators (LPCs) are student leadership positions who serve as mentors for our Peer Counselors. LPCs are supervised by the Assistant Director of Residential Education, and they work closely with Area Coordinators who are live-in professional staff. While LPCs do not have their own set of residents, they serve as a resource for all students in 1 of 4 residential areas. There are eight LPCs (two LPCs per supervision area), and each LPC serves as a resource and mentor for five PCs. LPCs work in the Residence Life and Housing central office (Shea House), and is available to assist with inquiries regarding on campus living. LPCs play a significant role in the PC recruitment and selection process, PC Training, and other department committees and initiatives. When you visit Shea House, you'll likely be greeted by one of our awesome LPCs. 


Shea House Staff

Darnell Pierce (he/him/his)

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Director of Residence Life
Shea House, Email:, Phone: (845) 758-7699
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Darnell is originally from Syracuse, New York and now lives in Kingston. He attended The College at Brockport where he completed his Bachelor's degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science, and his Master's degree in Athletic Administration.  Prior to working at Bard, Darnell recently worked at City College of New York, Smith College, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In his spare time, Darnell enjoys working out, playing and watching tennis, Netflix binge watching over a nice glass of white wine, and considers himself a foodie!


Nancy Smith (she/her/hers)

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Director of Housing 
Shea House, Email:

Nancy is a native of Brooklyn, New York but has strong ties to the Hudson Valley and Dutchess county having lived in this neck of the woods for most of her life. Married for 18 years, Nancy and her husband live in Poughkeepsie. Nancy earned her BA in Psychology from SUNY Purchase and then attended Springfield College earning an Ed.M concentrating in College Student Personnel. With nearly thirty years of student affairs work experience at various colleges in the Northeast, Nancy landed at Bard College over six years ago and has never looked back! Nancy enjoys cats, Feng Shui, flea marketing, classical music and travel to parts unknown. One of her most memorable trips was to Sicily to explore the beautiful island and visit the hill town where her maternal grandparents were born in the late 1800's.

Cicily Wilson (she/her/hers)

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Assistant Director of Residential Education
Shea House, Email:, Phone: (845) 758-7686

Cicily, originally from Queens, NY, has lived in Kingston with her husband and 2 children for more than 15 years. She attended Colgate University earning a Bachelor's degree in Religion. Prior to working at Bard, Cicily's career centered in non-profit management with a focus on Public Relations and Development for many organizations including the Elie Wiesel Foundation and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Cicily spends most of her time enjoying the Hudson Valley with her family, volunteering, and training for and running road races. 


Area Coordinators:
Residential Area Staff

North Campus Contact
Shea House
Phone: (845) 758-7455

Residence Halls:North & South Hoffman, McVickar, Potter, South Hall, Manor Annex, Robbins, Robbins Addition, Ward Manor

Patrick Clarkson (he/him/his)

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Assistant Director for Housing
Area Coordinator for South Campus
Satellite Office: Tewksbury 113
Phone: (845) 752- 2392

Residence Halls: Bluecher, Bourne, Leonard, Obreshkove, Rovere, Rueger, Shafer, Shelov, Steinway, Tewksbury, Wolff

Patrick studied Interior Design at Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, New York, where he completed his Bachelors of Fine Arts.  He went on to complete a Master of Education in College Student Personnel at Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, in April of 2017.  While originally from Bay Shore, New York, he and his family moved to Broad Creek, North Carolina.  In his spare time, Patrick can be found reinventing an old piece of furniture, listening to RuPaul’s podcast, or watching The Good Wife. 

Hannah Jaegers (she/her/hers)

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Area Coordinator for Central Campus
Satellite Office: Resnick G 101
Phone: (845) 752-4003

Residence Halls: McCausland, Brown, Resnick Commons A-L, Sands House

Hannah comes to Bard from North Carolina where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies and Sociology at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration at North Carolina State University. This is Hannah's third year at Bard, and her first year as the Central Campus Area Coordinator. She enjoys folk music, knitting and vinegar-based barbecue. When not in the office, you can find Hannah on campus enjoying kombucha from the Green Onion, supporting our teams and performers, or walking through the Tivoli Bays. 

Riley Page (he/him/his)

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Area Coordinator for Cruger Village
Satellite Office: Cruger Hall 117
Phone: (845) 752-4001

Residence Halls: Cruger Hall, Keen North & South, Maple House, Mulberry House, Oberholzer, Spruce House, Sycamore House, Bartlett, Hirsch, Tremblay

Riley Page is coming to Bard from Keene State College where he completed his Bachelor's of Science in Secondary Education as well as a Bachelor's of Arts in English Literature with a minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Although Riley spent the last 4 years in New Hampshire, he is originally from Newtown, Connecticut. Riley is an avid reader and you'll find him either reading, writing, or watching Netflix in his spare time. 


Contact Us

Office of Residence Life & Housing
Location: Shea House
1438 Annandale Road

Phone: 845-758-7455

Important Dates

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