Leadership Team Roles

Student Affairs Leadership Teams Roles

Student Affairs Leadership Team

(Vice President, Council, Associate Deans, and Department Directors). The overall leadership of Student Affairs.  

The goals and objectives of the Student Affairs Leadership Team are to: 

  • Foster a space for collegial engagement and support among team members, promoting a collaborative and inclusive atmosphere. 
  • Facilitate a platform where leaders within Student Affairs can openly share insights, best practices, and strategies, working together as a collective to achieve common goals and enhance the student experience. 
  • Emphasize continuous learning, recognizing that we are all scholar practitioners in our work, and use these meetings as opportunities to expand our thinking and explore innovative ideas. 
  • Encourage team members to push the boundaries of their work and dream big for our students, positioning these meetings as a source of inspiration and motivation for ambitious initiatives.

As a group, the Leadership Team: 

  • Provides leadership to advance the UGA and Student Affairs missions and improve the overall student experience 
  • Implements division strategy, integrating the collective efforts of Student Affairs, its 16 departments, and staff 
  • Addresses identified high level issues and raises new opportunities 
  • Meets monthly during the academic year, and at topical retreats

Additionally, Leadership Team members: 

  • Serve as content area experts and resources for Student Affairs and the campus 
  • Provide strategic leadership for content area and department-based operations and initiatives, and supervise departmental staff 

Student Affairs Council

(Vice President, Dean of Students, Associate Vice Presidents, Assistants to the Vice President, and Executive Assistant to the Vice President). The senior leadership of Student Affairs.  

The goals and objectives of the Student Affairs Leadership Team are: 

  • Strategic Thinking for the Division: These meetings serve as a platform for engaging in strategic discussions about the direction and priorities of the Student Affairs division at the University of Georgia. This involves brainstorming, setting goals, and long-term planning. 
  • Problem Solving with Student Affairs Leadership: The Council meetings provide an opportunity for the leadership team to come together as a brain trust. This means collectively addressing challenges and finding innovative solutions to enhance the student experience and services.
  • Teambuilding and Professional Development: These meetings play a crucial role in fostering collaboration and cohesion among the Student Affairs team. It’s an occasion for team members to grow both individually and as a collective unit, sharing experiences and expertise.
  • Support amongst a Trusted Group: In a professional yet informal setting, these meetings offer a safe space for colleagues to share their experiences and concerns. It’s a platform for mutual support, where individuals can vent if needed, knowing they are among trusted colleagues who understand the unique demands of their roles. 

As a group, the Council: 

  • Further advises and supports the Vice President on division-wide decisions, strategy, operations, resources, and initiatives
  • Addresses identified high level issues and raises new opportunities
  • Meets bi-weekly during the academic year, and as needed 

Additionally, Council members: 

  • Supervise designated Student Affairs departments and directors
  • Implement key operations and initiatives on behalf of the VP, Student Affairs, and/or the University

Vice President for Student Affairs

UGA’s chief student affairs officer 

  • Provides strategic direction and leadership for the Division of Student Affairs. This involves setting the overall vision and goals for the division, ensuring alignment with the university’s mission, and making decisions that guide its development. It also includes identifying opportunities for growth and improvement to better serve the university’s student body.
  • Provides senior level oversight of the division, which includes its 16 departments. This involves fostering collaboration, sharing resources, and ensuring a cohesive approach to serving the needs of the students.
  • Manages the human and financial resources of the division. This includes budget development, allocation of funds, and ensuring responsible fiscal management, as well as ensuring that staff are well-equipped to meet the needs of the students.
  • Liaisons with the broader university administration and external stakeholders. This includes reporting on divisional activities and needs, as well as collaborating on university-wide initiatives. It also involves advocacy, communication, and building partnerships that benefit the university and its students.