Student Affairs History

In 1936-37, President Swope, "as one of his first administrative acts created a Personnel Department with Mr. Clarence McKelvie as director. This action started in July now brought together all student testing, advisory systems, student employment, and loans. Thus under "Mac's" leadership, the foundation was laid for one of the finest operating systems of Student Personnel Services in the Commonwealth. The plans, policies, and procedures established at this time attest to their soundness in that today the college still uses the same basic structure in the Student Affairs Division. McKelvie was a "giant" in his day" (Centennial History of West Chester State College, 1971).

President Swope passed away unexpectedly in 1958 (Centennial History of West Chester State College, 1971). His death led to external reviews which examined, among other things, the university's organizational structure. In April 1960, three divisions were created: Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and General Administration. Dr. Jack Owens was appointed the Dean of Student Affairs and Dr. Earl Sykes was appointed the Dean of Academic Affairs (Board of Trustees meeting minutes, April 1960).

Dr. Owens' first charge was to finalize a Student Affairs organizational chart (Student Affairs Division: Its Current Problems – Concerns of its Professional Staff report, April 1967). In the early part of June 1960, the office of the Dean of Student Affairs was created and filled (Report of Organization and Space Utilization Survey prepared by the Bureau of Program and Management, Office of Administration for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania). In April 1967, Dr. Owens wrote a report entitled the Student Affairs Division: Its Current Problems – Concerns of its Professional Staff. In the report, he recounts the creation of the Student Affairs Division and mentions that the following programs and services (which already existed at the university) would be moved under the Division of Student Affairs: (1) men’s housing, government, and related activities (2) women’s housing, government, and related activities (3) student government, class and extra-curricular activities (4) athletics for men and women, intramurals for men and women, and an all-college recreational program, and (5) medical services and student insurance program.

In 2001, members of the Division created a Decennial Report for Middle States. Fifteen departments are mentioned in the report, along with 86 full-time and 16 part-time staff, 13 faculty, 11 graduate assistants, and 300-400 student employees. The Division at the time was led by the Vice President for Student Affairs, an Associate Vice President, an Assistant Vice President, and a Dean of Students. At that time, the division also included a department entitled the Children’s Center, which was later closed. The report goes on to include a copy of the Division’s strategic plan, organizational chart, mission statement, values, social equity agenda, student learning outcomes, service creed, and status reports related to each department’s program review, evolution and next steps for advancing their work.

Over the years, the division has had several leaders:

  • Dr. Jack Owens, Dean of Student Affairs
  • Mrs. Eleanor Taylor, Acting Dean of Student Affairs
  • Dr. Louis F. Weislogel, Vice President for Admissions and Student Affairs
  • Dr. Thomas W. Spierling, Acting Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Dr. Rodger Summers, Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Dr. Matthew Bricketto, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Dr. Paul Oliaro, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Dr. Matthew Bricketto, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Dr. Matthew Bricketto, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Dr. Sara Hinkle, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Dr. Zebulun R. Davenport, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Dr. Zebulun R. Davenport, Vice President for Student Affairs

 

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