Kevin Shollenberger Appointed Dean of Student Affairs

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Dean Navratil and I are very pleased to confirm that we have appointed Kevin Shollenberger as Dean of Student Affairs. Kevin has served as Associate Dean for nine years in the College/SEAS office of Student Affairs and he is widely respected by students and staff alike.

Kevin has been working in the field of Student Affairs for almost 20 years. Before coming to Columbia, he served as the Director of Leadership Development at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) with an adjunct faculty appointment in the College of Education teaching leadership studies. Prior to UHM, he held a variety of positions in the Student Affairs department at AmericanUniversity. Kevin currently serves on the international board of the National Coalition Building Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to training community leaders in the art of conflict resolution and building inclusive multicultural communities. He has been an active member in a number of national student affairs associations and has been a frequent speaker at colleges and universities across the country.

At Columbia, Kevin has enhanced a number of programs and services that support our vibrant undergraduate student community. He has played a key role in the organization of our current Offices of Multicultural Affairs, Judicial Affairs and Community Standards, and Student Group Advising. He has also enhanced our Office of Residential Programs, significantly increasing opportunities for students to learn from interaction with each other and with faculty and alumni in the residence halls. He also led the Office of Student Development and Activities in enhancing student group advising and creating a comprehensive leadership development program. In this academic year he has already taken responsibility for one of the most successful Orientation programs in recent memory, and we are confident he will continue to contribute to the upgrading of all our student programs. In appointing Kevin for two years, we ensure that he will be able not only to maintain the current Student Affairs operation but also to extend its current programs and resources to the benefit of both students and staff.

Vice President Nick Dirks has also appointed Kevin to a Student Affairs role in the Arts and Sciences where, as Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Student Life, he will help co-ordinate the services provided to the undergraduate community. For the day to day Student Affairs operations of the College and SEAS he will continue to report directly to the deans of the two schools.

It is anticipated that Kevin will serve as Dean and Associate VP for approximately two years, during the transition of the Deans of both SEAS and the College. When appointed, the new Deans for the schools will initiate a search for the position.


Austin E. Quigley
Dean of ColumbiaCollege

Gerald Navratil
Dean of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

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