Student Affairs Senior Leadership Team

Dr. Tabetha Adkins

Dr. Tabetha Adkins

Vice President for Student Affairs (Interim)

Dr.  Adkins received her BA in English from Marshall University in West Virginia and her MA in English and PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Louisville. She also holds a graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies from the University of Louisville and a certificate in Women in Leadership from Cornell University. She served the students of Texas A&M University- Commerce for nine years, first as a faculty member in English, then as the Director of the Writing Center and the First-Year Writing Program, and finally as Dean of University College before she joined the administration at West Chester University. In addition to serving as Dean of University College, she also holds the titles of Associate Provost for Student Success and Professor of English. Her research focuses on first-year students, student success, and literacy studies. She enjoys reading, playing music with her husband, and spending time with her two orange cats. 

 

Terry Beattie

Terry Beattie

Director or Athletics

Terry Beattie was named the Director of Athletics at West Chester University in May 2018 and begins his 14th season with West Chester University's Department of Athletics. Previously to being named the Interim AD, Beattie served as an Associate AD overseeing facilities and game day operations. He also oversaw all of the grounds and equipment room operations for the athletic department.

A 27-year veteran in college athletics, Beattie recently spearheaded the development of the Michael Horrocks Emerging Leaders Institute at WCU, which provides leadership training and development to a select group of outstanding student athletes who, as recognized future leaders, will be taking on the mantle of leadership within their team sometime in the future. 

A member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Beattie has served as on-site supervisor and game day manager for such prestigious NCAA Championship events as the 2005 NCAA Division II Women's Lacrosse national championships, the 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 NCAA Division II Women's Soccer regional championships and quarterfinals as well as the 2004, 2007, 2008, 2013 and 2014 NCAA Division II Football first-round playoff competitions. Additionally, Beattie has coordinated all facility operations for the 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014 ECAC Women's Gymnastics championships hosted by West Chester University.

A 1991 graduate of Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y., with a degree in Business Administration, Beattie completed his master’s degree in Sport Administration at Canisius College in 1999. He received a tenured promotion to Assistant Professor at West Chester University in April 2009.

Dr. Diane D’Arcangelo

Associate Vice President for Health and Wellness (Interim)

Diane D'Arcangelo has been a member of the West Chester community since 2010. As the interim Assistant Vice President for Identity, Health, and Wellness, she has oversight of  The Counseling Center, Campus Recreation, Student Health Services, and Wellness Promotion.  In this role, she serves as the academic liaison, collaborates on the First-Year Experience with faculty and staff, Chairs West Chester's First steering committee, serves on the Student Success and Retention Council, the Committee on Advising Excellence, and the New Faculty Orientation Committee. Diane is a certified practitioner of the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator). She earned a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Kutztown University and a Master's of Counseling and College Student Personnel from Shippensburg University. Diane earned a Doctorate of Education in Policy, Planning, and Administration in May 2022 from West Chester University. Her dissertation is titled: Career Longevity in Student Affairs: Implications for New Professionals from a Qualitative Study.

Tony Delgado

Pete Galloway

Assistant Dean of Students

Pete Galloway serves as Assistant Dean of Students where he has day-to-day oversight of the dining contract with Aramark, as well as acts as the point person for the Division of Student Affairs for all major capital construction and renovation projects involving auxiliary facilities including housing, dining, campus recreation and the Sykes Student Union.  In previous roles at West Chester, he has worked directly with housing operations and assignments, as well as overseen the areas of Student Leadership and Involvement, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Campus Recreation. 

Pete holds a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York College at Potsdam and a Master of Business Administration from Clarkson University.  He is currently the Vice President for the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I), after having previously served on the Executive Board in other roles.  Away from the office, he is on the Alumni Board of Directors for SUNY Potsdam, is active in the music program and in leadership roles at the First Presbyterian Church of West Chester, and has been a volunteer with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Sara Hinkle

Dr. Sara Hinkle

Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement

Dr. Sara Hinkle's background includes over 20 years of progressively responsible experience in student affairs and higher education, including work as an administrator, instructor, and researcher.  A true student affairs generalist, she has directed or supervised almost every functional area within the student affairs field.  She has worked at West Chester University since 2013, and currently serves as the assistant vice president for Student Engagement within the Division of Student Affairs.  Her portfolio includes oversight of Sykes Union & Student Activities, Student Leadership & Involvement, Fraternity & Sorority Life, and Spirit and Traditions and serving as the liaison to West Chester’s higher education policy and student affairs program.  She earned a B.A. in psychology from Gettysburg College, an M.S. in counseling from Georgia State University, and a Ph.D. in higher education from Indiana University Bloomington.  Dr. Hinkle has been an active leader in the field-at-large, having served and held several leadership roles within ACPA- College Student Educators International and The Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.  Additionally, she has contributed over 50 national presentations and publications to the student affairs knowledge base on such topics as student transitions, student success/engagement, leadership, and feminist issues.  Most notably, she served as a research associate on Student success in college: Creating conditions that matter (Kuh, Schuh, Whitt, & Associates, 2005, 2010).

 

Denine Rocco

Dean of Students/ Assistant Vice President for Student Life (Interim)

Denine Rocco has oversight of  Student Conduct, Residence Life, Housing, and Off Campus and Commuter Services. 

Amanda Thomas

Amanda Thomas, M.Ed.

Executive Director of Assessment and Planning

Amanda Thomas coordinates assessment, strategic planning, and co-curricular activities for the Division of Student Affairs and co-chairs the Student Affairs Assessment Council. Her experience encompasses institutional research, student affairs assessment, academic assessment, grant evaluation and research support services. In addition to holding a Continuing Research Education Certificate, Amanda has a Master’s Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel and a Bachelor’s in Management, both from Kent State University. She is a member of directorate board for the ACPA Commission on Assessment and Evaluation and is chairing the Student Affairs Assessment Institute in 2020.

Amanda Thomas

Melissa Wrightstone

Executive Director of Finance in Student Affairs

Melissa Wrightstone serves as the Executive Director of Finance in Student Affairs, where she provides leadership, support and guidance for fiscal related matters of the division; including strategic and financial planning, forecasting and implementing short- and long-term goals to support both the financial and administrative strategies.  The Executive Director of Finance is the liaison to the University’s Budget Office and the Finance and Administration Offices, ensuring our division is financially strong and fiscally responsible.

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