A Message from the VP for Student Affairs

It might be cold outside, but I'd like to offer you a warm welcome back to campus and to the spring semester! I hope all our students, faculty and staff had a happy and relaxing holiday break, and are returning refreshed and rejuvenated.

Last semester, we launched our next three-year strategic plan with the goals of promoting unity, wellness and preparedness in our campus community. You may have already noticed some accomplishments and changes from last year that we're proud of: the grand re-opening the Thwing Ballroom, the facelift to the NRV practice field, the launch of our new student-focused wellness initiative, the addition of a new Case Manager to the Dean of Students office to better meet the evolving needs of our students, and many more exciting endeavors.

I'm proud of what we were able to accomplish last semester, and I look forward to seeing what exciting challenges and successes this semester holds.

As you're getting settled back in, remember that there are many people on campus who are eager to help: Health and Counseling staff, who can provide medical, mental health and wellness services during a stressful time of year; Educational Services staff, who can offer tutoring, workshops and academic guidance; and your RAs, group advisors and the rest of the divisional staff are all here to help.

I wish you a smooth transition back to classes and a successful rest of the academic year!

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.