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Photo of Victor K. Wilson Victor K. Wilson Vice President for Student Affairs

Victor K. Wilson is Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Georgia. In more than three decades of experience in higher education administration and student affairs, he has served as a strong advocate for students and student development, particularly the inclusion and success of students from historically underrepresented groups.

Photo of Eric Atkinson Eric Atkinson Associate Vice President

Eric Atkinson serves as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Georgia. He is responsible for overseeing the departments of Greek Life, Recreational Sports, and Student Conduct, and he supervises the assistant to the vice president for communications and digital engagement. He is also a member of the University’s Behavioral Assessment and Response Council (BARC) and co-teaches a First Year Odyssey (FYO) seminar with President Morehead.…

Photo of Michele Howard Michele Howard Senior Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs – Student Experience

Dr. Michele Howard serves as an associate vice president for Student Affairs where she oversees the Center for Leadership and Service, International Student Life, the LGBT Resource Center, and Multicultural Services and Programs. She also serves as the co-chair for the Council on the First Year Experience and coordinates the Minor in College Student Affairs Administration for Student Affairs.…

Photo of Bill McDonald Bill McDonald Dean of Students

Bill McDonald became Dean of Students at the University of Georgia on January 1, 2011. In this role, he is known as a strong student advocate who meets with student groups and individual students on a daily basis.

McDonald oversees five departments, including the Disability Resource Center, Student Care and Outreach, Student Veterans Resource Center, Tate Student Center (including UGA’s Freedom of Expression Policy and the Center for Student Activities and Involvement, which administers approximately 800 student organizations), and University Testing Services.…

Photo of Amanda Patterson Amanda Patterson Associate Vice President

As the Associate Vice President for Finance and Risk Management, I work closely with the Vice President and serve as a member of the leadership team for the Division. I am the chief fiscal officer and risk advisor for the Division of Student Affairs. My stewardship responsibilities include fiscal and compliance matters, including financial accounting and reporting; HR/personnel actions; EO compliance; payroll; financial management systems; and fund management (state appropriated, auxiliary operations, student activity fee accounts and UGA Foundation funds).…

Photo of Matthew Waller Matthew Waller Chief of Staff

Matthew E. Waller is Chief of Staff for UGA Student Affairs. Matthew’s professional background spans more than two decades in higher education and strategic communications. Prior to UGA, Matthew served in senior leadership roles in campus life at the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania.

At UGA, Matthew serves as a primary and confidential advisor to the Vice President, providing the VP and other senior leaders with research, analysis, advice, and recommendations on the full range of issues facing students and Student Affairs.…

Photo of Jan Davis Barham Jan Davis Barham Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Tate Student Center

Jan Davis Barham is Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Tate Student Center. She is responsible for managing the operations of Tate to include facility services, Campus Reservations Events and Technical Services, Print & Copy Services, the UGA Card Office, the UGA Chapel, and the Center for Student Activities & Involvement, which administers the Student Government Association, University Union Student Programming Board, Pandora Yearbook, WUOG 90.5FM, the Graduate Student Association, and over 800 registered student organizations.…

Photo of Erin Benson Erin Benson Director of the Disability Resource Center

As the Director of the Disability Resource Center, Erin leads the university’s commitment to educate and serve students with disabilities, ensuring equal educational opportunities as required by the ADA and other legislation. The Disability Resource Center houses three distinct services: the Test Accommodations Office for onsite classroom testing; the Assistive Technology Lab equipped with a variety of programs designed for people with disabilities; and Alternative Media Services, which converts required printed material into accessible formats for students with reading disabilities.…

Photo of Annie Carlson Welch Annie Carlson Welch Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs – Learning and Improvement
Photo of James Crawford James Crawford Student Affairs Staff Development Lead – Interim Director of International Student Life

As Student Affairs Staff Development Lead, James coordinates division-wide staff development initiatives. He is responsible for department workshops, coordinating the Engage! Conference, New Staff Orientation, and other opportunities that arise through staff feedback and assessment.

James received his M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina and his Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.…

Photo of Stan Jackson Stan Jackson Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs – Communications and Digital Engagement

As assistant to the vice president for student affairs – communications and digital engagement, Stan represents and promotes the Division of Student Affairs by increasing its visibility, creating a consistent brand for the Division, provides new and enhanced digital service and content delivery to students, and supports the institution’s mission, vision, and goals.

Photo of Linda Kasper Linda Kasper Executive Director of University Housing

Kasper brings more than 20 years of experience in University Housing. She previously served as executive director of residential education at the University of South Florida, director of residential education and associate director of University Housing and Dining Services at Oregon State University, and assistant director for residential education at the University of Arizona.

At South Florida, Kasper oversaw the implementation of a residential curriculum that contributed to increase USF’s overall persistence rate to record highs.…

Photo of J. Barrett Malone J. Barrett Malone Director of Student Conduct

Barrett Malone serves as Director for the Office of Student Conduct and is responsible for planning, implementation, evaluation and oversight of the University’s student conduct system. The Office of Student Conduct receives all complaints regarding possible infractions of conduct regulations; schedules all University judicial hearings; coordinates and monitors all appeals; maintains student disciplinary records; and recruits, trains, and advises the University Judiciary.…

Photo of Chad Mandala Chad Mandala Director of the Pride Center

Chad R. Mandala (he/him) serves as the Director for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center in the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Georgia. He firmly believes education serves as the surest path toward liberation and self-actualization. He can often be found with a cup of coffee, a book, or trying to convince himself that carrot cake is, indeed, a vegetable.…

Photo of Steven Pitts Steven Pitts Senior Director of Development

Student Affairs is comprised of 18 departments that provide incredible programs, services and scholarships to our diverse student population. Many of our initiatives are made possible by the generous gifts from alumni, foundations and friends of the university. As the senior director of development, I serve as the chief fundraising officer for the vice president and our department directors and colleagues, and I partner with them to ensure their priorities are financially solvent through private and annual giving.…

Photo of Beau Seagraves Beau Seagraves Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Care and Outreach

Beau Seagraves is responsible for overseeing Student Care and Outreach, which provides individualized assistance to students experiencing hardship circumstances, support to faculty and staff working with students in distress, and guidance to parents seeking help and information on behalf of their students. He also coordinates the case management functions for the university’s Behavioral Assessment and Response Council (BARC).…

Photo of Jon Segars Jon Segars Director of Student Veterans Resource Center
Photo of Carrie Smith Carrie Smith Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Care and Outreach

Carrie Smith serves as the Assistant Dean of Students for Student Care & Outreach, providing individualized support and assistance to students experiencing hardship circumstances. She oversees general case management within Student Care & Outreach. Additionally, Carrie provides trainings and informational sessions to campus and community partners about working with students of concern and the role of Student Care & Outreach.…

Photo of John Alvarez Turner John Alvarez Turner Interim Director of Multicultural Services and Programs

John Alvarez Turner is the Interim Director for the Office of Multicultural Services and Programs. John’s professional background in the field of Education spans over fifteen years in K-12, corporate training, and higher education. Prior to UGA, John served as the Associate Director for Hispanic Outreach, Student Success Instructor, Manager of the Dr. Shirla R. McClain Gallery of Akron’s Black History and Culture, and Academic Advisor at The University of Akron as well as a Commissioner on the Civil Rights Commission for the City of Akron, Ohio.…

Photo of Joshua Welch Joshua Welch Director of Greek Life

As the director of Greek Life, Joshua is responsible for strategic oversight of Greek Life Office operations and leads a team of talented professionals who work to create meaningful fraternity and sorority experiences for the 7500+ students involved in the Greek community. Through his personal and professional experiences, Joshua has come to believe that the fraternity and sorority experience, rooted in values, uniquely equips students to become impactful and multifaceted leaders.…

Photo of Keith Wenrich Keith Wenrich Director of Recreational Sports

Keith Wenrich leads the Department of Recreational Sports, serves on the leadership team for the Division of Student Affairs and reports directly to the associate vice president for student affairs. He is responsible for the operations of all recreational facilities including the Ramsey Student Center, Pound/Wheeler Gym on the health science campus, Rec Sports complex, Club Sports complex, the Lake Herrick Pavilion, and the Challenge Course in the Oconee Forrest.…