Planned VPSS Interviews – Western Illinois University News
Scheduled VPSS interviews
May 4, 2021
MACOMB / MOLINE, IL – Three candidates for the position of Western Illinois University Vice President for Student Success (VPSS; formerly known as Student Services) on May 7, May 10 and May 18.
Nominees include David Braverman, interim director of care and wellness, California Institute of the Arts, May 7; W. Christopher Cole, Director of Auxiliary Operations and Student Services, Slippery Rock University (PA), May 10; and Gayle Spencer, director of the Illinois Leadership Center, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, May 18.
Open sessions will be held via Zoom with each candidate from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on May 7 (bit.ly/WIUBravermanOpenSession), May 10 (bit.ly/WIUColeOpen), and May 18 (bit.ly/WIUSpencerOpen). Those interested in participating in the open sessions must register in advance.
Braverman has been Acting Director of Care and Wellness at the California Institute of the Arts since 2021. Previously, he was Acting Vice President of Student and Campus Life at State University of New York-Geneseo de 2019-2020. Braverman also served as Acting Director of Student Conduct and Special Projects for Student Affairs at Central Connecticut State University (2018-2019); the Acting Executive Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Hartford (CT) (2018); Acting Dean of Students at Community College of Philadelphia (2017-2018 and 2014); and Acting Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at California State University Dominguez Hills (2015-2017). He was a Presidential Fellow at Black Hills State University (2015); Vice Presidents of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Springfield (MA) College (2005-2014); dean of students of Texas A&M (2002-2005); Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at California State-Sacramento (1998-2002); Dean of Students at Culver-Stockton University (1995-1998); Assistant Dean of Richmond College, University of Richmond (VA) (1990-1995); and Assistant Director of Residence Life at Cornell College (1988-1990).
Braverman obtained his doctorate. and an MA from the University of Iowa and a BA from the University of Missouri.
Cole has been Director of Ancillary Operations and Student Services at Slippery Rock since 2019. Previously, he was Director of Ancillary Operations and Academic and Student Affairs at Slippery Rock from 2018 to 2019. Cole has also held numerous positions in student life at Slippery Rock, including Director of the Robert M. Smith Student Center (2012-2014), Director of the University Union (2007-2012), Director of the University Union and the Center for Student. Involvement and Leadership (2005-2007), Director of Student Organizations and Leadership (2003-2005), Assistant Director of Student Life (2002-2003), Coordinator of Student Development (1998-2002), Coordinator of Student Standards and Greek affairs (1995-1998) and coordinator of student standards and interfraternity council (1993-1995). He was also Associate Director (1989-1993) and Judicial Advisor (1987-1989) in the Office of Student Judges at Illinois State University.
Cole received his Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University, his MA from the University of Tennessee and his BA from the College of William and Mary.
Spencer has served as Director of the Illinois Leadership Center at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign since 2013. Previously, she held numerous student life positions at Kansas State University, including Associate Dean of Student Life (2009-2013), director of student activities and services (2009-2012), assistant dean of student life (2004-2009) and coordinator of student activities / services (1997-2010). Spencer also served as Acting Director of Programs for the K-State Student Union (1999-2003); as deputy director of student activities and programming at the University of Notre Dame (1991-1997); and campus activities advisor at the University of Houston (1987-1991).
Spencer received his doctorate. from Kansas State, his MA from WIU and his BA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
The Vice President for Student Success (VPSS) reports to the President and presents student concerns and issues to the Board, President and other Vice Presidents. They work closely with the President’s staff and are the primary resource on matters related to student activity fees. The VPSS provides direction and leadership for the delivery of student services in the areas of admissions, athletics, health centers, campus recreation, career services, cultural centers, resources for persons with disabilities, financial aid, public transportation, student activities, student development and success, legal programs, counseling center, golf course, accommodation and food services, and university union. The VPSS represents the President on various student service issues inside and outside the University and is expected to demonstrate their involvement in the community and serve as the primary spokesperson on student services to various boards, agencies, organizations, constituencies and audiences. In addition, they are responsible for representing administrative points of view and positions with students in general and more particularly with major student organizations. They are responsible for budget planning, preparation, implementation, review and reporting in the area of student services, as well as long-term planning, procurement of resources, resource allocation and resource management for student success. The VPSS is responsible for the general supervision and administration of student services staff, the development of student service programs, and the administration of the provisions of the Code of Student Conduct. VPSS also has the option of teaching in the College Student Personnel program and holding the rank of adjunct professor, depending on qualifications.
Full candidate interview schedules and vitas are available at wiu.edu/employment.
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