Beau Seagraves named associate vice president for student well-being

Beau Seagraves, currently associate dean of students at the University of Georgia, has been named the university’s associate vice president for student well-being. The newly created position within the Division of Student Affairs will lead efforts to enhance campus-wide mental health and well-being resources.

The Well-being Resources initiative aims to help students become more active, healthy, and successful. Initially launched in 2020 as part of Student Affairs’ 2025 strategic plan, and recently expanded and strengthened with support from President Jere W. Morehead, the initiative connects a network of campus-wide programs and resources and convenes campus leaders to coordinate support for students. The new network positioned the university to respond to student needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as implement the University System of Georgia’s Mental Health Initiative.

In addition to leading the campus-wide initiative, as associate vice president, Seagraves will directly supervise five departments, including the University Health Center, Student Care and Outreach, Recreational Sports, the Disability Resource Center and University Testing Services. In addition to several medical clinics, the University Health Center includes Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS); Health Promotion; Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) and the Fontaine Center, which provides alcohol and other substance misuse prevention, early intervention and recovery support services. Together these units facilitate more than a million student interactions annually. He will report directly to Vice President for Student Affairs Victor K. Wilson and serve as a member of the senior administrative and leadership teams for the Division of Student Affairs.

“Our students are asking us to think differently than we traditionally have when it comes to their well-being,” said Wilson. “I can think of no one more prepared or capable for this specific role, and I’m genuinely excited about the innovation and growth he’ll continue to lead.”

Seagraves said that the focus on student well-being has never been more paramount on college campuses.

“Our responsibility to our students goes beyond clinical support and aligning campus resources,” said Seagraves. “Everyone involved in the student learning experience has to understand their role not only in helping students who need it, but also in creating a campus community and culture in which students can thrive.”

Seagraves’s appointment is effective July 1.

He previously worked in the residence life departments of Furman University and Presbyterian College before coming to UGA as a doctoral intern in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Since then, he has served the university in a number of roles, including assistant dean for Student Support Services, associate director for Student Conduct, assistant dean of students, and associate dean of students and director of Student Care and Outreach.

Seagraves is an alumnus of the University of Georgia, where he earned his Doctor of Philosophy in counseling and student personnel services. He also holds a Master of Education in counselor education from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from Furman University.

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