Kendal Washington White Named AVP for Student Affairs, Dean of Students
Kendal Washington White has been named UA assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students. She has been serving in both roles on an interim basis since January 2013.
"We conducted an extensive national search for the positions of assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students, and it is a huge credit to Kendal that she emerged as one of the two top candidates," said Melissa Vito, senior vice president for student affairs and enrollment management and vice provost for academic initiatives and student success.
"In her on-campus interview, she was outstanding in conveying a vision for the area and she showed the energy and pragmatic approach that has characterized her time as interim dean," Vito said. "She is committed to expanding the reach of the Dean of Students Office so that students and other members of the campus community see the office as a positive resource, not just an area that focuses on discipline. She is proactive, smart, has a great sense of humor and will be terrific in this critical role as a key member of my leadership team."
Throughout her 20-year career at the UA, White has helped minority and first-generation college students achieve academic and personal success via retention programs and employment opportunities. She has worked to reframe the UA's response to discrimination and harassment among students by hosting workshops, encouraging students to report issues and serving as a deputy coordinator for promoting the University's Title IX nondiscrimination and harassment policy. She also has worked to strengthen the Dean of Students Office's relationship with faculty to help prevent academic integrity violations, such as plagiarism, at the UA.
In 2010, White received the Dr. Peter W. Likins Inclusive Excellence Award, which recognizes individuals or groups who have significantly contributed to making the UA a diverse and inclusive community.
As assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students, White will provide executive leadership for several UA programs and initiatives, including Early Academic Outreach; fraternity and sorority programs; student government groups, including the Associated Students of the UA and the Graduate and Professional Student Council; Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Student Affairs; the Women's Resource Center; UA cultural centers; the Student Vets Center; ROTC; the Parents and Family Association, the Code of Academic Integrity; the Student Code of Conduct, Student Assistance; Campus Health Service and Arizona Student Media.
"I am humbled to serve in a leadership role for an area where the primary focus is on all aspects of student development, including engagement, leadership development, educational enrichment and producing impactful world citizens," White said. "The Dean of Students Office is a critical unit within the University community. Whether we are engaged with student government and student organizations, health and safety issues, or crisis management and behavioral issues, we are partners in the success of our students and with supporting faculty, staff, parents and community members."