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Saint Louis University Vice President for Student Development Search

Saint Louis University has launched a national search for a Vice President for Student Development. This new leader must be a visionary when it comes to understanding and meeting the changing needs of our students.

The Search Process

Saint Louis University's Vice President for Student Development search committee has been charged with bringing forward a diverse pool of candidates who reflect the demographics of the student body in the years to come, and who will understand and embody SLU's Catholic, Jesuit mission about educating the whole person. The search committee will submit its report to University President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D.,  at the end of November 2020. Dr. Pestello will appoint a new Vice President for Student Development with a target start date of January 1, 2021.

Search Timeline

Month Developments/Goals
February-March 2020
  • Search committee formed and search formally launched.
  • Spelman Johnson retained as search consultant.
  • Valerie Szymkowicz, vice president, named as principal consultant. Consultant engages with key campus stakeholders and with search committee to develop key search documents, including position specification, marketing plan, and search timeline.
  • Active recruitment of candidates.
  • University pauses search to consider impact of COVID-19.
May 2020 University suspends search until September 2020.
September 2020
  • Search committee reconvenes.
  • Search documents reviewed and revised by consultant, the search committee, and key campus stakeholders.
  • Search formally resumes Active recruitment of candidates.
October 2020
  • Active recruitment of candidates.
  • Committee reviews applications and candidate files.
  • Committee selects candidates for first-round interviews.
  • Committee conducts first-round interviews and selects finalists for campus/virtual interviews.
November 2020
  • Finalists visits and interviews scheduled; proposed for the week of November 9 and/or November 16.
  • Committee submits report on candidates to Dr. Pestello Candidate of choice is identified.
January 1, 2021 New Vice President for Student Development appointed.

The Search Committee

Jon Baris, J.D.
Assistant Dean, School of Law

Ruth Evans, Ph.D.
President, Faculty Senate

Manisha Ford-Thomas
Director, Housing and Residence Life 

Kelly Herbolich
Director, Academic Support 

Janet Oberle, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Athletics

Mark Pousson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Education

Joe Reyes
Rainbow Alliance Member; Honors Learning Community Member; Senior, English and Political Science Major

Joseph Reznikov
Student  Government Association President, Senior,  College of Arts and Sciences.

Jonathan Smith, Ph.D.
Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement 

 David Suwalsky, S.J.
Vice President for Mission and Identity

Martha Uhlhorn

Doug Williams, J.D.
Professor, School of Law (Committee Chair