Student Affairs joins Provost’s Office to create new synergies

September 21, 2012 | UToday
By Tobin J. Klinger

One of the new components of Dr. Scott Scarborough’s portfolio will be the addition of the Division of Student Affairs to the Provost’s Office.


Effective immediately, Dr. Kaye Patten Wallace and her team will join the staff in the Division of Academic Affairs in an effort to align efforts to enhance the student experience inside and outside of the classroom.

“We will define the student experience in the broadest of terms,” said Scarborough, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “It’s everything from the services we provide, to the meals we serve, to the delivery of transcripts, to the learning experience in the classroom. This addition will enable us to better meet the needs of our students by enhancing their experience across the board.”

Patten Wallace will have the new title of senior vice president for the student experience, which will formalize much of the work she has done in recent years as chair of the Student Experience Steering Committee.

“This change represents a tremendous opportunity to create new synergies that will have a very direct benefit to our students,” Patten Wallace said. “As the student experience steering committee has looked to make student-centeredness a core value across the institution, we have found tremendous overlap between student and academic affairs. This move will enable us to take action and bring about immediate improvements that will improve the lives of our students.”

“It is important to note that the Division of Student Affairs remains a significant part of Kaye’s portfolio. The expansion of her role will include all facets of the student experience,” Scarborough said. “It is imperative that the professionals across the Division of Student Affairs recognize that they are a part of a team that has an overarching mission of excellence in service to our students inside and outside the classroom. Together, we can meet that goal and exceed the expectations of our students.”

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