The Division of Student Affairs is comprised of 17 departments, about 100 professional staff, and over 250 paraprofessional staff who provide programs and services that are outside of the classroom setting, but designed to complement the academic mission of WCU and contribute to the overall growth and development of our students.
West Chester University Student Affairs will be nationally respected among public universities for its excellence in achieving inclusivity while creating transformative experiences for every student that inspire life-long discovery and positive action.
West Chester University Student Affairs staff are educators who design and facilitate high-quality co-curricular experiences to develop students’ personal, professional, and intellectual talents, preparing them to learn, lead, and serve.
We value an outcomes-based, socially and fiscally responsible environment in which integrity, open communication, and assessment demonstrate the impact of our work.
We value mutually beneficial partnerships, both within and outside of the University, to accomplish shared goals.
We value acknowledging and developing the whole individual, supporting their intellectual, emotional, physical, relational, and spiritual needs.
We value acquiring knowledge and skills, fostering healthy behaviors, and clarifying values –both in and out of the classroom.
We value the respect, worth, and dignity of each member of the West Chester University community, fostering equitable access for all, and challenging systems of oppression.
Goal Statement: Develop intentional and varied opportunities for students to engage on campus and within the broader community.
1) Leverage technology/multimedia platforms to engage students, communicate our programs
and services, and provide learning opportunities.
2) Develop stronger mutually beneficial partnerships with our internal and external stakeholders in order to better engage our students in learning opportunities.
Goal Statement: Promote the comprehensive health, wellness, and safety of all students to create a community of care.
1) Provide education, training, and treatment for students regarding healthy living.
2) Provide coaching to students regarding impact of decisions related to health, wellness, and safety to recognize and encourage personal accountability.
Goal Statement: Promote responsible stewardship of human, fiscal, and physical resources needed to achieve success for our departments and to ensure the standards of our profession.
1) Expand existing and establish new funding sources.
2) Provide training and professional development opportunities for staff of all levels (paraprofessional, support, entry, middle, and senior).
3) Engage in long-range planning to ensure sustainability.
Goal Statement: Create an environment that understands, recognizes, and embraces social justice as a primary component of the campus community.
1) Infuse social justice knowledge into the policies, programs, and services to positively
impact campus climate and beyond.
2) Provide professional development for all Student Affairs staff, paraprofessionals, and students on how to understand and think critically about systems of oppression, privilege and equity.
3) Conduct policy and practice reviews to identify and challenge formal and informal systems of oppression that might exist within.
4) Analyze current data to identify salient areas and holes within the campus climate.
Goal Statement: Create an environment of outcome/evidence-based practices and data informed decision making to engage our diverse student population and impact student success.
1) Utilize WCU’s Student Affairs Learning Domains to inform Student Affairs’ programs
and services that contribute to student success from orientation through graduation
2) Utilize data and assessment results for program improvement.
Integrate communication methods to effectively engage with others to express ideas and information. These skills are demonstrated by the student’s ability to:
Awareness of one’s emotions, behaviors, and motivations; demonstrates personal accountability and respect for oneself and others in the navigation of social and organizational systems. These skills are demonstrated by the student’s ability to:
Engagement in a process of disciplined thinking to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. These skills are demonstrated by the student’s ability to:
Use of information and concepts from multiple sources and experiences in their intellectual, professional, personal, and community lives. These skills are demonstrated by the student’s ability to:
Respond thoughtfully and responsibly to issues of diversity. These skills are demonstrated by the student’s ability to:
The creation of a personal brand marked by integrity and sound decision-making with respect to individual conduct and citizenship. These skills are demonstrated by the student’s ability to:
Making a difference in the civic life of our communities through an understanding of concepts the world encompasses, including (but not limited to) environmental, social, cultural, political, and economic. These skills are demonstrated by the student’s ability to:
Throughout the Division of Student Affairs, you will find friendly professionals who care student success and our students' personal development while they are at West Chester University.
Dr. Zebulun Davenport, Vice President for Student Affairs
Mr. Terry Beattie, Director of Athletics (Interim)
Dr. Kimberly Chestnut, Assistant Vice President for Identity, Health, & Wellness
Dr. Sara Hinkle, Assistant Vice President for Administrative Services & Special Projects
Dr. Judy Kawamoto, Assistant Vice President for Student Development
Dr. Gerald Martin, Assistant Vice Presiden for Student Life/Dean of Students
Ms. Amanda Thomas, Executive Director of Assessment and Planning
Ms. Melissa Wrightstone, Director of Finance
Ms. Sabrina Rightmer, Interim Executive Associate for the Vice President for Student Affairs
Ms. Trudy Cruice, Executive Associate to the Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students
Ms. Shelley Gabries, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Athletics
Ms. Christy Lanshe, Student Assistance and Business Outreach Manager
Ms. Kim McCann, Administrative Assistant for the Assistant Vice President for Administrative Services & Special Projects and the Assistant Vice President for Student Development