Saint Louis University’s major administrative divisions and offices provide services, resources and leadership to support teaching, research, health care and service activities. Guided by the University’s mission, these units work strategically to make SLU’s operations as efficient and effective as possible. Information about each of these units is listed, by area, below.
Chester (Chet) Gillis, Ph.D.
The Office of the Provost provides leadership for SLU’s academic enterprise, including all colleges, schools, degree-granting centers and libraries. The office promotes faculty excellence, and advances student learning and outcomes. The office also fosters collaboration across academic disciplines and fields of knowledge to address the pressing challenges of our time.
Business and Finance
David F. Heimburger
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
The Division of Business and Finance is charged with the careful stewardship of Saint Louis University’s financial resources, including SLU’s $1.1 billion endowment. The division provides a wide array of financial services to the University’s academic units and administrative divisions. It also directs parking, purchasing, real estate and travel, among other areas.
Diversity and Community Engagement
Vice President of Diversity and Community Engagement
Jonathan C. Smith
The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement helps SLU forge stronger bonds of common human purpose and shared values across the distinctions of race, class, gender, sexual identity and faith. The office’s areas of responsibility include the Cross Cultural Center, the Center for Global Citizenship, a Diversity Speaker Series and the annual MLK Tribute. The office also oversees our fulfillment of the Clock Tower Accords, which commit us to actively strengthen diversity, inclusion and equity on our campuses.
Enrollment and Retention
Kathleen B. Davis
Interim Vice President of Enrollment and Retention Management
SLU’s Division of Enrollment and Retention Management works to recruit and retain the highest caliber of talented and diverse students. Admissions, financial aid and class registration are just a few of the areas the division oversees. It also administers services especially tailored to support the University’s low-income, first-generation, military and international students.
Fundraising and Alumni Engagement
Sheila M. Manion
Vice President of Development
The Division of Development supports the University’s strategic priorities by garnering philanthropic support for student scholarships, teaching positions, capital projects, academic initiatives and more. In addition, the division seeks to engage alumni in the life of the University through a wide range of programs and events.
Michael A. Lucido
Vice President of Facilities
The Division of Facilities Services is responsible for planning, building, maintaining and enhancing SLU’s 270-acre, 130-building campus in midtown St. Louis, as well as the School of Law building in downtown St. Louis. The division’s staff members coordinate construction, grounds, custodial services, maintenance, sustainability and transportation, among other areas.
Mickey J. Luna
Vice President of Human Resources
The Division of Human Resources at SLU is committed to ensuring that the University is an outstanding place to work. Overseeing hiring, compensation, benefits, and personnel matters, the division also offers learning and development programs designed to expand employees’ skills and further their leadership abilities.
David J. Hakanson
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
The Division of Information Technology services is the primary provider of computing resources, services and support at SLU. In addition to software, hardware, wireless networks and information security, the division works with colleges, schools and administrative units to implement practical solutions for complex technology needs.
William R. Kauffman
Vice President and General Counsel
The Office of the General Counsel is the principal representative for legal matters involving SLU. Managing all litigation in which the University is a party, the office also reviews contracts and leases, and assists with audits and compliance matters. Additionally, the office serves as the primary liaison between the University and state and federal elected officials.
Marketing and Communications
Jeff L. Fowler
Vice President of Marketing and Communications
The Division of Marketing and Communications is the central unit charged with managing the Saint Louis University brand. The division provides internal clients with a variety of content, design and consultation services. In addition, the division connects SLU and the greater St. Louis region through community relations efforts.
Mission and Identity
Christopher S. Collins, S.J.
Special Assistant to the President for Mission and Identity
The Office of Mission and Identity ensures that the principles and traditions of Catholic, Jesuit higher education, and the mission and core values of SLU are integrated into operations, structures, programs and practices, and the formation of its students, faculty, staff, administration and board members. To further its goals, the office sponsors several programs, on and off campus, each dedicated to the intellectual and spiritual growth of the participants, and all in the Jesuit tradition.
Kenneth A. Olliff
Vice President for Research
The Office of the Vice President for Research furthers the success of SLU’s ground-breaking researchers by supporting them through every stage of the process, from seeking grant funding to finding commercial applications for their novel ideas. The office also ensures that all research conducted at the University meets the highest possible ethical and safety standards.
Kent T. Porterfield
Vice President of Student Development
The Division of Student Development ensures that every student at SLU receives a holistic experience in the Jesuit tradition. Its many programs range from residential living to campus ministry to community service and is home to the Dean of Students Office. Nationally recognized for its commitment to diversity, the division also empowers students to become global citizens who strive for a better world.