Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jeffrey Waple, PhD, has appointed Kara Shustrin as dean of students in the Office of Student Affairs. Shustrin will assume this role starting January 2, 2020.
The dean of students will combine the responsibilities of the associate dean of students/director of student conduct and associate vice chancellor/dean of students. It will support the Offices of Student Conduct, Health Service, Counseling Services and ACCESS. “This structure will allow student affairs to maximize its resources, and utilize the talent and skills of our current staff,” Waple said.
Shustrin has more than 25 years of experience in higher education. For the past four years, she has served as the associate dean of students/director of student conduct. “Kara has made significant contributions in supporting students in many ways,” Waple said. “She has cultivated important relationships and connections across campus, and has earned the credibility and respect of her colleagues.”
“I am grateful for the opportunity to support students in navigating significant developmental transitions, connecting them to resources and services both on and off campus,” Shustrin said. “Student success and student well-being is a team effort, and I look forward to enhanced collaboration with the dedicated professionals in the Offices of Health Service, Counseling Services, ACCESS, and Student Conduct to enable student reflection and growth, foster change, and positively impact retention.”
Other student affairs administrative adjustments are also being made. The PEACe Center, which is led by Samantha Dickens, will now be supported and supervised by Counseling Services, effective Jan. 2, 2020. The Early Childhood Center will remain with the dean of students until June 30, 2020, and then will move under the leadership of Miriam Roccia, associate vice chancellor for student affairs. SOAR, CSDI and the Career Development Center will report directly to the vice chancellor for student affairs.