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.

While it's important to look back on our experiences as a community over the last semester, I believe it is particularly important for us to look forward to this next semester, and how we'll finish the academic year strong: reflecting on our challenges and accomplishments, but focusing on what they mean for our future.

We're half-way through our three-year strategic plan and, while I'm thrilled about the progress we've made in our division, I'm even more excited about what's to come over the next 18 months. We are a resilient community, our future is bright, and I'm looking forward to coming together to strengthen our community through a continued focus on unity, wellness and preparedness.

I look forward to seeing what exciting challenges and successes this semester holds.

As you're getting settled back in, I'd like to offer another reminder 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; a wide variety of learning resources and helpful staff who can offer tutoring, workshops and academic guidance; and your RAs, group advisors and Navigators 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 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.