A message from the VP for Student Affairs

Spring is nearly here. With the change in season comes many encouraging things: a break from classes, a welcomed shift in the Northeast Ohio weather and, for some students, the home stretch before graduation. I’m proud of the hard work all our students have put in so far this semester, and I hope your spring brings you relaxation and a well-deserved break.

For those of you who will be graduating in May, don’t forget to register for commencement if you plan on attending the university-wide convocation and school-specific diploma ceremonies. Registration is open until April 1 and can be completed online here.

I would also like to provide an update on an important initiative at this midpoint in the spring semester.

Our division is hard at work developing the next phase of our strategic plan. Our staff have spent many hours over the last several months discussing the important questions that guide our work: Why do we exist? What do we do? What are our values? I’m so pleased with the conversations that have taken place as a result of these questions, and energized by the direction the Division of Student Affairs is headed. We’ll be sharing our next phase of strategic planning with the campus community as we continue through the process.

In closing, I recognize that this semester has been a challenging one for many people in many ways. But I want to state how proud I am of our response to adversity, how impressed I am with our students’ resiliency and how encouraged I feel seeing our campus come together in the name of inclusion and community. We will still face challenges in the future, but I feel confident we can move forward together, unified by our compassion and conviction.

Sincerely yours,

Louis W. Stark
Vice President for Student Affairs


VP Lou Stark

Lou Stark has served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Case Western Reserve University since July 2013.  Prior to arriving at CWRU, he served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Coe College for 16 years.  Lou also served as Vice President for Student Life at Central College, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Tulane University, Associate Dean of Students at Washington University in St. Louis.  He has held a variety of other Student Affairs positions in residence life, Greek affairs, academic advising and admissions. Lou has served as a consultant for Trio Training programs and as a consultant to colleges and universities evaluating student affairs programs, risk management, Greek affairs, and the roles of college student affairs deans.

He received an M.S. in Education in Counseling from Hofstra University, a B.S. in Psychology from Davis and Elkins College and did additional graduate work in higher education administration at Drake University and the University of New Orleans.  He received a certificate in management from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane.

Lou is past president and a former board member of the Iowa Student Personnel Association.  He served on the board for the National Academy for Leadership and Executive Effectiveness, and has served on the Board of Trustees at Davis and Elkins College from 1988 to 1995.  He served on the NCAA Division III Management Council and served on the President’s Council/Management Council Joint Legislative Steering Committee, the Strategic Planning and Finance Committee, and the Convention-Planning Subcommittee.