Meet The Staff

Clarence L' McNeil 

Clarence L. McNeil

Assistant Vice President

Mr. McNeill (or “Clay”) is the Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Director of the Office of Conflict Resolution & Civic Responsibility. Mr. McNeill joined the University at Albany as an E.O.P student in 1990. He earned his B.A in Africana Studies in 1995, Master’s in Education Administration & Policy Studies in 1997 and his Certificate of Advanced Study in the same discipline. Mr. McNeill has held a variety positions in the Department of Residential Life (from Resident Assistant to Assistant Director) and has been in position to focus on student development in each of those roles. He chairs the University’s CUBIT Team, and is currently the President of the SUNY-Wide Judicial Administrator group.

In 2005 when he was named Director of Conflict Resolution & Civic Responsibility, Mr. McNeill quickly began working on a more progressive method of student discipline and case resolution. With the support of his Associate Director and Assistant Director, Secretary and Graduate Assistant, Conflict Resolution & Civic Responsibility is responsible for educating the UA community and implementing a community conscious campus student conduct program.

  • Sally A. D'Alessandro 

    Sally A. D'Alessandro

    Associate Director

    Ms. D’Alessandro holds three degrees from the University at Albany: a B.A. in English in 1987, an M.A. in History in 1991 and an M.S.W. in 1998. As a graduate student, she served as the Outreach Coordinator for the award-winning, on-campus peer counseling and education program, Middle Earth. Upon her graduation in 1998, she joined the staff of the Department of Residential Life (Residence Director to Assistant Director), working and living with Students on Indian, State, and Colonial Quads. In 2005, she left Residential Life to work in the Office of Conflict Resolution & Civic Responsibility. Ms. D’Alessandro enjoys the opportunity to continue to work closely with her colleagues in Residential Life as the Office’s liaison to State and Colonial Quads and University Apartments.

    Ms. D’Alessandro is particularly interested in the restorative justice approach to student discipline. As a volunteer for the Albany County Community Accountability Board, she learned to put this philosophy into practice and adapt it to campus community in the form of the University Community Accountability Board.

  • Nancy M. Lauricella 

    Nancy M. Lauricella

    Associate Director

    Ms. Lauricella joined the University at Albany in 2004. Prior to her position with the Office of Conflict Resolution and Civic Responsibility, she was the Coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Affairs for the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership at the University and also worked for several years in the public relations field.

    As the Associate Director for Conflict Resolution, Ms. Lauricella’s primary responsibilities focus on resolving off campus conduct issues. She represents the unit on several University and Divisional committees including Student Success’ “Assessment Council” and “Strategic Planning Advisory Committee”. She has presented to numerous University and community entities on topics related to conflict resolution, effective communication techniques for organizations, restorative justice and has presented at national conferences on assessment topics. She is a mentor for the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program. Ms. Lauricella received her B.A. degree in Rhetoric & Communication from the University at Albany in 1998 and M.S. degree in Public Relations from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 1999.

  • Karen Murdock 

    Karen Murdock


    Ms. Murdock graduated from the Sage Junior College of Albany in 1978 and began her career at the University at Albany in 1979 with the Department of Residential Life. She was promoted to the Education Opportunity Program (EOP)/Academic Support Services from where she worked from 1986 to 2007 and served as secretary for the Director of EOP/Associate VP for Academic Affairs. From there, Ms. Murdock worked for the East Asian Studies Department until 2008, when she transferred to the Office. Ms. Murdock continues to enjoy working with college students as she has throughout her long career at the University at Albany.