Student Life Restructures for New Year
As of Jan. 1, the newly named Division of Student Life officially assumed its new organizational structure and started the search for a new assistant vice president.
The recent renaming of the division and reorganization reflect feedback received from a study completed by Tech’s Office of Strategic Consulting.
“The visioning project report offered the Division a blueprint for the future,” said Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students John Stein. “We used this report to reorganize our structure and to help us collectively set priorities for our work with students.”
The report pointed to the need for a reorganization that focused on the needs of students, with greater operational coordination and collaboration across the Division’s units. The new organizational structure reorganizes the departments of the division into seven functional subgroups, streamlining the leadership team and setting up the division departments for additional collaboration in supporting the student body. The reorganization also welcomes a new assistant vice president for Student Life who will manage the division’s business functions.
“Fundamentally, the mission of the Division has not changed” said Stein. “We will continue to put students first in all that we do. Students and faculty will still be able to access all of the resources and support programs offered by the Dean of Students Office and the Division, now reorganized for greater effectiveness and impact.”
President G.P. “Bud” Peterson weighed in, saying, “Managing the day-to-day operations of the 18 entities within Georgia Tech’s Division of Student Life can be both complicated and challenging. Grouping like departments and responsibilities within Student Life will encourage collaboration, enhance organizational effectiveness, and improve our ability to support our students, which is what the Division of Student life is really all about.”
Formerly known as Student Affairs, the Division of Student Life serves Tech’s population of more than 21,000 students with professional staff in numerous areas: the Office of the Dean of Students, Office of the Arts, Counseling Center, Office of Leadership Education and Development, Parents Program, Development for Student Affairs, an internal Office of Research and Assessment, Disability Services, Greek Affairs, Leadership and Civic Engagement, New Student and Sophomore Programs, Student Diversity Programs, Student Integrity, Student Media, Women’s Resource Center, Veterans Resource Center, and LGBTQIA Resource Center. The Dean of Students also advises the Student Government Association.