Advisory Board

Tracy Arámbula Ballysingh, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESA)
University of Vermont

Dr. Tracy Arámbula Ballysingh (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration at the University of Vermont. Her scholarship has been published in the Harvard Educational Review, Professional School Counseling, College Student Affairs Journal, Journal of School Leadership, The School Community Journal, School Psychology Review, Improving Schools, International Journal of Research & Method in Education, Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, and New Directions for Institutional Research. She teaches an Honors College Seminar on (In)equality in P-16 American Education, and masters-level courses in Higher Education Organization and Administration, Social Justice and Inclusion in Higher Education, and Higher Education Law. Dr. Ballysingh was named a 2019 Faculty Fellow with the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. She is also engaged with the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the American Educational Research Association and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Higher Education and the Journal of the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition. Dr. Ballysingh is the recipient of the NASPA Region I Outstanding Contribution to Literature and/or Research Award, the UVM CESS John Dewey Educator’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the NASPA Latinx/a/o Knowledge Community Outstanding Faculty Award.


Karl Brevitz, J.D. Consultant
Institutions of Higher Education

Karl F. Brevitz provides consulting services to institutions of higher education. From June 1999 – August 2013 he served as Director of Legal Resources for NACUA in Washington, DC where he managed the legal resources and programming of the Association and served as a staff liaison to the Annual Program, Legal Education and Web Page Legal Resources Committees, as well as to the Journal of College and University Law and NACUANOTES Editorial Boards. He serves on the Advisory Board for the annual University of Vermont Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference. Prior to joining NACUA he served for 12 years as Director of Education at the Institute of Continuing Legal Education at the University of Michigan Law School, and for six years as college attorney for Ferris State College, a public institution in Michigan. He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Adrian College and J.D. magna cum laude from Wayne State University Law School. Since 2017 he has also served as co-leader of the Research and Intellectual Property planning group for the NACUA Annual Program Committee. He organized and moderated a session on “Foreign Academic Influence and Espionage and University Research and Intellectual Property” at the 2019 NACUA Annual Conference.



Charles Carletta, J.D. Chief Operating Officer
College of Saint Rose

Charles F. Carletta, Sr. has been admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Military Appeals and all local federal and New York State courts.

Upon graduation from law school in 1969, he served as a Deputy Staff Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force.  In addition to criminal prosecution and defense litigation, he became a primary civil rights officer for the Air Force and participated in the formulation of the United States Armed Forces’ first inter-active training program on civil rights.

After military service, Mr. Carletta joined a law firm in the Capital Region of New York where he practiced law for twenty-seven years, both as a litigator and a practitioner specializing in the laws regarding banking, commercial real estate, hospitals, news media, and higher education.

During this time, he served as outside general counsel to several private and public, two and four-year institutions of higher education. He also published a chapter in a book on legal issues in higher education as well as over fifty papers or articles regarding education law and practice. He currently serves on two national professional boards centered on the interrelationship of law and higher education including as a founding director for the University of Vermont’s annual conference on Legal Issues in Higher Education.  He enjoys presenting regularly as an adjunct professor or guest lecturer at various colleges.

In 2000, Mr. Carletta became the first Secretary of the Institute and General Counsel for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a position he maintained for sixteen years. During this time, he served for several years as one of twelve nationally chosen attorneys to advise the General Counsel of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Upon retirement from RPI, Mr. Carletta assumed the role of Senior Associate Counsel at the Albany Medical Center. During leaves of absence from that position, he has served as the Vice-President and Chief of Staff at Siena College and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at The College of Saint Rose.

During his career, Mr. Carletta has served as a trustee on two hospital boards and the board of a medical college.  He has also served as a director on the boards of two captive insurance companies as well as several not-for-profit or charitable organizations.

Mr. Carletta is the proud father of four children and grandfather of four grandchildren.



dsc_4108Eva Chatterjee-Sutton, M.A. Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students
Washington & Jefferson College

Eva Chatterjee-Sutton joined W&J as the Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students in July of 2013.  Dean Eva earned her BS in Sociology and Political Science at Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS) and her MA in College Student Development with a minor in Organizational Change & Development at the University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA).  Upon completion of her graduate work, Dean Eva assumed a position at the University of Maryland – Baltimore County (UMBC) where she held several positions within the Office of Residence Life.  In the summer of 1997, Dean Eva joined Bennington College, first as the Associate Director of Student Life and later transitioned to the Dean of Students at Bennington, a role she held for 7 years.

In her tenure at Bennington College, Dean Eva’s commitment to creating a student experience with a strong foundation in student development theory, a deep commitment to community development, and a dedication to creating support structures to provide students the opportunity to realize their full potential was realized.  Dean Eva grew the student affairs operation from  having a limited focus to an operation that  encompassed a broad range of supports and services for students.  In addition to the work at Bennington, Dean Eva grew the connection of Bennington College to the neighboring communities through partnerships and programs with community agencies and her own commitment to education and community development.

In 2006, Dean Eva was elected to the School Board of North Bennington, VT and served in that capacity until 2011 when she transitioned to leading the Board of Directors of The Village School of North Bennington.  The Village School of North Bennington is only the second school in the nation to transition from a public school or an independent school.  The process of this change was led by Dean Eva with support from a committee of citizens form the North Bennington community.  This work, 5 years in duration, encompassed a highly political and community based process which received state and national attention both during and at is successful conclusion.

Now at W&J, Dean Eva has continued her commitment to creating a holistic and robust student experience.  To date this has been marked in part by creating a team in the Division of Student Life whose work resonates with the values of student and community development.  She is working to create connections and collaborations across the campus to assist in this effort.  Dean Eva serves as a member of President John Knapp’s cabinet and leads a division of over 80 dedicated staff members who are deeply committed to the mission of W&J.  In addition, Dean Eva serves on several non-profit boards.  She resides in Washington, PA with her husband, two daughters and several rescued animals.


Megan C. Farrell, J.D., MBA Advisor and Consultant on Title IX Compliance

Megan C. Farrell is an advisor and consultant to educational institution clients with a focus on Title IX compliance.  Ms. Farrell’s approach focuses on providing practical, reasoned advice to universities, colleges, and schools who are implementing change and bringing her legal, business, and education expertise to unique challenges.

Ms. Farrell’s background includes working as Title IX Coordinator at Palo Alto Unified School District and Notre Dame of Maryland University.  She has also served as in-house counsel, faculty member, and graduate program director.  Aside from these in-house positions, Ms. Farrell also has provided risk and litigation management counseling to institutions, developed internal policies and procedures for education clients, and designed customized training programs for schools across the country.

Ms. Farrell holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Loyola University, a Juris Doctor from Widener University, and a Masters of Business degree from University of Maryland.  She also holds certificates in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University and Mentor Coaching through the Coach Training Alliance, an International Coach Federation (ICF) program.


Patricia Fechter Gates, Ph.D., CAE  Deputy Executive Director
ACPA – College Student Educators International

Tricia joined the ACPA International Office staff in April 2013 as the Senior Director, Professional Development, Research, and Scholarship and currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director. Tricia leads the professional development, marketing, and technology teams and oversees the strategy, creation, and execution of programs and products to drive the Association’s innovative efforts.

Prior to working at ACPA, Tricia served as the Director of Events & Programs at Synergos, an Association Management Company. She has previous work experience with the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values, Rockhurst University, and the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Tricia earned a bachelor’s in secondary education from Saint Louis University, a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from the University of South Carolina, and an MBA from Rockhurst University. She holds a Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University. She also holds the Certified Association Executive credential from the American Society of Association Executives. Tricia lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her partner Kevin and their two young children.


Seth Gilbertson, J.D. Associate Counsel
State University of New York, Upstate Medical University

Seth F. Gilbertson is an Associate Counsel for the State University of New York’s Office of University Counsel. In addition to his general responsibilities as labor and student affairs counsel for SUNY’s six Western New York campuses (“Westcam”), Mr. Gilbertson specializes in records management, applied learning, and international programs issues for SUNY on a system-wide basis. Before joining SUNY, Mr. Gilbertson was an appellate court attorney at the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department. In a previous life, he was the Mountain Manager of Apple Mountain Resort in Freeland, Michigan. He earned his B.A. from Saginaw Valley State University and his J.D. from Albany Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Albany Law Review. He is active in both the New York State Bar Association and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.


DSC_4127Cheri Jack, M.S. Associate Dean of Students
Collin College Preston Ridge Campus

Cheri Jack is the Associate Dean of Students and Title IX Investigator for Collin College, which is a multi-campus community college district serving more than 59,000 students. Her role is to advocate for student success, support the teaching and learning environment, address discipline issues, investigate Title IX complaints, and serve as a member of the Strategies of Behavioral Intervention (SOBI) team.

Cheri currently serves as a board member for the University of Vermont Legal Issues in Higher Education conference. She has worked in higher education for more than thirty years at both community colleges and four-year institutions. Her background includes professional experience in the areas of discipline, Title IX Investigation, advocacy, academic advising, student life, counseling, student unions, career services, housing, and leadership. In addition, she has taught as an adjunct faculty member for ten years, and conducts faculty and staff training and development seminars.

She has presented at regional and national conferences including: the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO), the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA), the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the Texas Higher Education Law Conference, and the University of Vermont Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference. Cheri earned a M.S in Counselor Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she has a B.S. with a double major in psychology and communication from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.


Adam Jussel, J.D. Dean of Students
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Adam serves as the Dean of Students for University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Before UWM, Adam was the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Conduct/Community Standards at Washington State University. He previously represented WSU as an assistant attorney general, and has a certification in higher education law and policy from NASPA Adam served as a faculty member for the Foundations Track at the 2018 Gehring Academy, and has been fortunate to speak at a number of conferences about how to better serve students, including the National Conference on Law and Higher Education, University of Vermont Legal Issues Conference, the Higher Education Alcohol Other Drug & Wellness Summit, and the National Conference on Campus Sexual Assault and Violence. Adam was also a member of NASPA’s Culture of Respect CORE Constructs Advisory Board, advising NASPA on creating best practices regarding sex and gender based violence. Adam received his juris doctorate from Seattle University and his Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems from California Lutheran University. He is a member of the Washington bar, and soon to be Wisconsin.


DSC_4167Nicholas F. Laino, M.S. Senior Vice President for Administration & Finance
Herkimer College

Nicholas F. Laino is currently serving as the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance at Herkimer County Community College in Herkimer, NY. He served as Interim President for twelve months in 2014-2015 and as Officer in Charge for four months in 2014 and six months in 2008. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Central New York Regional Transportation Authority in Syracuse, NY and Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee.  He also serves as a Community Director for the Bank of Cooperstown in Cooperstown, NY, and an Advisory Board Member of HNP Capital in Pittsford/Rochester, NY and as an Adjunct Lecturer at Utica College of Syracuse University, SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome, Cazenovia College and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Herkimer County Community College.  Mr. Laino also served as a Former Treasurer for the Utica City School District and Former Councilman for the City of Utica – elected at age 23.

Mr. Laino received a Master of Science in Business Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business and Public Management from SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome and an Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration from SUNY College of Technology at Delhi.

Mr. Laino’s Professional Affiliations include President for the New York State Community College Business Officers Association where he formerly served as the Vice President and Chairman of the Education Committee, Evaluator for Middle States Commission on Higher Education, former Member of the SUNY Shared Services Steering Committee, and former Member of the SUNY Strategic Planning “Group of 200.”


Tamla Lewis, J.D., M.Ed. Associate General Counsel
The Pennsylvania State University

Tamla J. Lewis is Associate General Counsel at The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining the Office of General Counsel, Tamla served for three years as Associate Dean for Administration, Compliance and Special Initiatives for the University of Arkansas School of Law. Prior to her Law School tenure, Tamla served for ten years as an Associate General Counsel with the Office of General Counsel for the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where she was lead attorney on matters involving Title IX, Student Affairs, and campus safety, including Clery compliance. She conducted extensive trainings on student conduct and student records, contract compliance, and sexual assault awareness and prevention.

Tamla received a J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law and an M.Ed. in Workforce Development Education from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, with a B.A. in English. During law school, Tamla served for two years as a Law Clerk in the University of Arkansas General Counsel’s office. Immediately after law school, she practiced as an Associate with the Rogers, Arkansas office of Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, where her practice focused on civil litigation, including employment and business litigation. Prior to law school, Tamla was employed as a paralegal by the Jefferson County, Arkansas, Public Defender’s Office and the Cross, Kearney & McKissic law firm in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.


dsc_4062Steven J. McDonald, J.D. General Counsel
Rhode Island School of Design

Steven J. McDonald has served as general counsel of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) since 2002. In that role, he is the college’s primary legal counsel and manages its legal affairs, providing legal services to trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, student leaders, and affiliated entities in connection with their activities on behalf of the institution.

For the decade before he came to RISD, Steve served as associate legal counsel at The Ohio State University. He began his legal career at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, where among other things he successfully represented CompuServe in Cubby v. CompuServe, the first online libel case. He also taught at Ohio State’s College of Law and at Capital University Law School.

An active participant in the higher education legal community, Steve is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), the editor of the NACUA publication The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: A Legal Compendium, one of the developers of its NACUANOTES legal information service, and a regular leader or member of its committees.

Steve also presents and writes frequently on issues of higher education law. He has spoken at ACE, AGB, CUPA-HR, EDUCAUSE, IAPP, ICPL, NACUA, NACUBO, NASAD, NASPA, NERCOMP, URMIA, and United Educators programs, among others, as well as at the Stetson, University of Vermont, and Valencia higher education legal issues conferences. In addition, his articles have appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, and other publications. He served on the legal advisory boards for the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries and the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts. At RISD, he often lectures on intellectual property law and artistic freedom.

In 2007, NACUA named Steve a Fellow in recognition of his “extensive scholarship in higher education law over an extended period of time.” In 2016, NACUA granted him its Distinguished Service Award for “extraordinary service both to NACUA and to institutions of higher learning over an extended period of time.”

Steve received his AB in political science from Duke University and his JD from the Yale Law School. In State, ex rel. Thomas v. The Ohio State University, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that he really is a lawyer.


DSC_4157Thomas Mercurio, J.D. Student Conduct Appeals Officer
University of Vermont

Thomas Mercurio served in the General Counsel’s Office at the University of Vermont for twenty-eight years before retiring in early 2017. He now serves part-time as an appeal officer in the Division of Student Affairs at UVM. Before coming to UVM, Tom was a law clerk with the New Hampshire Supreme Court and an instructor at Vermont Law School. He was also a staff attorney with Vermont Legal Aid and legal counsel for the Vermont Department of Education. He has taught classes in education law, higher education law, and special education law. Tom has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a law degree from Boston College.



Jeffrey Nolan, J.D. Senior Counsel
Holland & Knight

Mr. Nolan is an education and labor and employment attorney with more than 25 years of experience representing clients in federal and state courts, as well as before federal and state administrative agencies.

Mr. Nolan advises, educates and helps clients to manage potential conflicts, enhance the safety of individuals and environments, and successfully navigate the maze of legal obligations faced by institutions of higher education and employers. Mr. Nolan works with clients throughout the United States regarding situations that implicate Title IX, the Clery Act, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other laws that apply in the higher education context. In addition, he conducts systemwide compliance assessments and investigations, and helps clients develop appropriate policies and training programs. Mr. Nolan also advises employers on employment law compliance and helps them create effective employment policies, and he advises and trains campus personnel and employers on investigations, threat assessment and workplace violence prevention. He also conducts investigations for colleges, universities, employers and schools regarding reported sexual harassment and sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and other sensitive campus and workplace matters.

Mr. Nolan has bar admissions in Massachusetts, New York, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. He earned his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Vermont.


Kimberly Novak, Founder and CEO, Director
Novak Talks, Health & Safety for Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity

Kimberly Novak, Kim is the CEO of NovakTalks, a higher education consulting firm that specializes in facilitating the development of strategic prevention, intervention, and accountability initiatives. A foundational characteristic of her team’s our work is the involvement of students in the governance of their organizations.  Additionally, she. serves on Pi Kappa Alpha’s Staff as the Director for Health & Safety. In this role she provides training and support specific to health and safety for chapter leadership, collegiate members, volunteers, and staff.

Kim is recognized as a thought-leader in Student Organization Conduct having worked in student conduct administration for over 25 years. She is frequently called up to educate campus professionals and international fraternity staffs on the design as well as implementation of organization conduct systems. In 2007 Kim lead the development of the Interdisciplinary Institute for Hazing Prevention, the first educational experience designed to apply the principles and framework for prevention to the issue of hazing. The Institute is now in its 15th year and continues to be the leading hazing prevention program in higher education.

Prior to embarking on her consulting career, Kim served as the Director for Student and Campus Community Development at Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix campus. Her primary responsibilities involved the oversight and development of administration and supervision of a team that led Student Conduct Programs, High Risk Behavior Education, Student Affairs Risk Management, Student Advocacy Services, Crisis Intervention and Response as well as Campus Safety for the urban campus.  She was also the Assistant Director for Student Affairs Risk Management at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus where she led the design and implementation of a comprehensive and proactive risk management model for The Division of Student Affairs. Prior to joining the ASU community, Kim worked for eight years at Texas A&M University where she served as a student conduct administrator and as the  Program Coordinator for Risk Management and Organizational Development and led the implementation of the University’s internationally recognized proactive risk management plan for student organizations.

Kim approaches her work with college students with the heart of an advocate and is committed to the advancement of communities of care on college campuses across the country.


Jennifer L. Papillo, LL.M., J.D.  Associate General Counsel
University of Vermont

Jennifer L. Papillo joined the University of Vermont Office of the General Counsel in August 2010 in the position of Assistant General Counsel, and was promoted to Associate General Counsel in July 2015.  She represents, advises, and educates her institutional clients to proactively identify and manage legal risk, enhance the safety, security, and well-being of individuals and the campus community, and successfully navigate the maze of legal obligations faced by educational institutions.

Jennifer is a frequent speaker and author on issues related to student conduct, distressed and disruptive students, admissions practices, the First Amendment, Title IX, the Clery Act, FERPA, and the ADA.  She has spoken at national and regional conferences of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), and the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA), as well as at the University of Vermont higher education legal issues conference.  Jennifer is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), a member of the UVM Legal Issues Board of Directors, and a contributor to the SUNY Title IX Joint Guidance Initiative.

Before coming to UVM, Jennifer served as a tax law clerk for the American Cancer Society, Inc.’s Office of Corporation Counsel in Washington, DC, and a research assistant to Peter F. Lake in the writing of Beyond Discipline: Managing the Modern Higher Education Environment (Hierophant Enterprises, Inc., 2009).  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Elon University, a Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law, as well as a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, with a focus on tax exempt organizations.


DSC_4090Joshua W. B. Richards, J.D., B.A. Partner
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Josh Richards is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, where he is the ViceChair of the firm’s Higher Education Practice. Josh helps colleges and universities address legal issues through counseling, litigation, appeals and strategic responses to government enforcement. Josh provides mission-driven advice to his clients on a wide range of matters involving employment disputes, student conduct, faculty relations, Title IX and the Clery Act, disability issues, board governance, financial exigency, data security, accreditation, minors on campus, and civil tort claims, including student death and abuse matters. Josh received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. from Middlebury College. Josh serves as a member of NACUA’s Board of Directors and on the Advisory Board for the Legal Issues in Higher Education conference.


Scott Schneider, J.D. Partner
Husch Blackwell LLP

Scott advises companies and educational institutions nationwide on a variety of complex legal issues with a focus on particularly sensitive matters.

He is a prominent litigator as well as a sought-after advisor on Title IX, labor and employment law issues, and various risk management concerns. He has led numerous investigations of serial sex abuse allegations, allegations of misconduct involving senior leadership and other acts of institutional misconduct, as well as high-profile program reviews of institutional response.

Over the last decade, Scott has provided training nationally to thousands of personnel on a variety of issues, including Title IX; labor and employment law; faculty hiring, promotion and tenure processes; and Greek Life risk management. Scott regularly presents to national organizations, including the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the National Association of Independent Schools and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

Scott is an award-winning professor at Tulane University and also serves on the faculty for the State University of New York’s Student Conduct Institute. In addition, Scott has been retained by the National Center for Campus Public Safety to serve as a faculty member for its Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication training program for campus officials.


Dr. William Stackman, Ph.D. Vice President for Student Affairs
University of Missouri-Columbia

Dr. Bill Stackman is currently the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He previously served for seven years as the Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Notre Dame University.  Dr. Stackman has been working in student affairs for 38 years and has held leadership positions at a number of institutions, including Director of Student Activities at Texas A&M University, Dean of Student Affairs at Rhodes College, Associate and Acting Dean of Students at Oberlin College, Director of Student Activities/Mayer Campus Center at Tufts University, Associate Director of the Illini Union and Program Director at the University of Illinois, and Associate Director of Student Activities at Temple University.

Dr. Stackman earned his doctorate at Boston University in Leadership, Administration, and Policy Studies. He also holds a master’s degree from West Virginia University in Higher Education Administration, a master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Parks and Recreation Administration, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky in Parks and Recreation. He is currently completing a master’s degree from the University of Missouri in Positive Psychology with an emphasis in Positive Coaching.


Denzil J. Suite, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Life 
University of Washington

Dr. Denzil Suite, Vice President for Student Life, joined the University of Washington in July 2013. In that capacity, he provides leadership and direction for strategic planning, assessment, and staff development for a comprehensive division of student programs and services. He leads a team of approximately 1,000 professionals in creating and maintaining a healthy campus environment through services, programs, and innovative learning experiences beyond the classroom, and through a highly collaborative relationship with other senior UW leaders.

Prior to joining UW, he served as Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at the University of Southern California where he had oversight responsibilities for over 20 departments in the division. He also served and as an Associate Professor for Clinical Education at the USC Rossier School of Education. He taught master’s level courses on Student Development, the History of Higher Education, and on Intervention Strategies.

Suite earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in Education from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in Policy and Organization from the University of Southern California. His research for his doctorate centered on factors affecting student success in college. He is especially interested in how students from differing backgrounds are affected by the college environment. He chose this topic because of his long-standing commitment to college students and their success.

Dr. Suite has worked professionally in student affairs for over 20 years and has held positions of responsibility at UC Berkeley, Cal State L.A., and UC Santa Cruz. He is the recipient of numerous awards from national, local, and student organizations.

He recently served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for NASPA—the world’s leading association for Student Affairs professionals.