Kent Porterfield, Ed.D.
Vice President, Student Development
Kent Porterfield is the vice president for student development at Saint Louis University.
In his position, Porterfield is charged with overseeing programs and services outside the classroom that enhance student learning and development, student satisfaction, and promote retention to graduation. He currently oversees Athletics; Auxiliary Services (including Busch Student Center, dining services, bookstore, and vending); Campus Recreation -- Simon Recreation Center, intramurals and club sports, and Salus Center Fitness Center (Medical Center); Center for Service and Community Engagement ; Cross-Cultural Center; Dean of Students Office - student conduct, parent programs, student support services, and student government; Housing and Residence Life; Student Involvement Center -- student activities, fraternities and sororities, servant leadership development, student clubs and organizations; student media; learning communities and first-year interest groups; student transition programs (first year, sophomore year, and senior year experience), commuter student programs; Student Health and Counseling and the Student Success Centers -- pre-major academic advising, health sciences academic advising, academic support, career services, and disability services.
Porterfield joined the Billiken family in July 2006 from Northwest Missouri State University, where he served as the vice president for student affairs from 1997-2006. He is active in a number of professional associations, including the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Missouri College Personnel Association, American College Personnel Association, and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. He has received numerous honors recognizing his leadership in the student affairs field and professional service, including: Diamond Honoree (American College Personnel Association) for outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and to student affairs in 2011; President's Award (Missouri College Personnel Association) in 2004; Outstanding State Division President, (American College Personnel Association) in 2003; Commitment to Quality Award (Northwest Missouri State University) in 2003; Richard Caple Award (Missouri College Personnel Association) for Outstanding Contribution to the College Student Personnel Field in 2002; and Richard Caple Award for Outstanding Service to Missouri College Personnel Association in 2001.
He earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis form the University of Missouri-Columbia and received master's and bachelor's degrees from Northwest Missouri State University.