A Message from the VP for Student Affairs

It's that time of year again! To our returning students: welcome back to campus! We're so excited to have you back, and hope you had a relaxing but productive summer. To our first-year students: on behalf of the entire CWRU community, allow me to welcome you to your new home away from home, and introduce you to the Division of Student Affairs!

The beginning of the school year is always an uplifting time as campus is buzzing with activity and excitement. Our division has been hard at work over the summer finalizing our next strategic plan and preparing to help our students have a successful year, and I want to share with you our three main strategic goals that will guide what we do over the next three years: unity, wellness and preparedness.

Never has the goal of unity seemed more important than it does now. It is essential for us to come together as a campus to promote community engagement, productive communication, a sense of belonging and an inclusive environment. I invite you to check out all the diversity and inclusion and community service opportunities/resources our division has to offer in the spirit of unity on our campus.

We are taking a holistic approach to our goal of wellness and aim to help students be well in mind, body and spirit. We understand that today’s world can often create stressful environments for many of our students, in addition to the normal stressors of school, work and life. We encourage you to join us in making your wellness a priority and take advantage of our health and counseling resources. Part of being well also involves feeling safe and secure on campus. Please take note of our emergency and crisis resources for yourself and others in your community.

To meet our final goal, preparedness, our division will strive to provide resources and connections to help you succeed during your time here at CWRU and beyond. This includes academic engagement resources to help you be successful in the classroom, involvement and leadership opportunities to help you grow as a person, and career resources to provide guidance, mentors and job opportunities both now and in the future.

We truly believe that serving our students today will create a better future for tomorrow. Our primary focus is on our commitment to helping our students lead fulfilling, successful lives during their time at CWRU and beyond.

As always, I’m proud of our students and I look forward to see what exciting challenges this academic year will bring!

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.