A Message from the VP for Student Affairs

This is a busy time of year at Case Western Reserve University. Students are getting ready for finals and we're preparing for our annual winter break.

With the end of the semester and the year around the corner, I want to take a moment to wish all of our students a happy holiday season and good luck on your finals. I hope you're able to take some time over the break to reflect on the past year and recharge for another successful semester.

As you work through these last couple weeks, 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; a wide variety of learning resources and helpful 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, along with your Navigators. We're all wishing you a relaxing break and a smooth transition back to classes in January.

I'm proud of our students. Your resiliency, curiosity and integrity have been a bright spot over the last year, and I look forward to see what exciting challenges and successes next semester brings.

Enjoy your holidays and have a happy new 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 ofother 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 MS in Education in Counseling from Hofstra University, a BS 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.