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Stephens names new Vice President for Student Development

April 26, 2016

Stephens College has recently named Dr. Veronica (Vicky) Owles, an experienced higher education leader with more than 20 years of progressive leadership experience in higher education administration, student affairs, collaborative program development, and the delivery of student-centered services, to the position of vice president for student development.

She most recently served as Dean of Students, Miami Dade College, Kendall campus with responsibility for the management and oversight of all student services, including new student services and orientation, admissions and registration, testing, academic advisement and career services, international student services, disability support services, retention and transition services, veterans affairs, student life, and enrollment management, as well as NJCAA athletics, for a student population of 42,000 credit- and 30,000 non-credit students.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Owles to Stephens College,” said Dr. Dianne Lynch, Stephens College president. “As an experienced higher education leader and innovator, she has consistently demonstrated her commitment to the success of students through every position she has held and every initiative she has pursued. She has experience both as a leader and as a collaborative partner in all key areas of our student development function, and will bring to Stephens the vision, commitment and experience to champion and execute new initiatives and standardize best practices across our campus. Her extensive experience in Title IX issues, training and development, new student orientation, strategic planning and all aspects of residence life will further enhance our ability to move this crucial area of our College forward.

“Our College has always been student-centered; we are confident Dr. Owles will help us continue that commitment with 21st century programming grounded in a solid understanding of the fundamentals of student development services. Moreover, her commitment to mentoring student government associations members, her focus on global education, and strong interest in leadership development at all levels will bring exciting new synergies to our campus.”

About her appointment to Stephens College, Owles said, “I am honored to be coming to Stephens College because of her rich history, innovative spirit and commitment to her students. Visiting campus, I was struck by the dedicated faculty and staff, the amazing students, notable rankings, and visionary leadership of President Lynch.

“I am committed to building upon existing strengths, supporting innovation and creativity, and leading student services with the same enthusiasm and passion that I saw displayed by every member of the Stephens team. As a team, we will explore new and innovative student success practices that will continue to support the women of Stephens on their academic journey. I am dedicated and committed to helping students dream up.

“Students are and will continue to be at the center of what we do. Philosophically, student success requires the participation of all the members of the institution and I am looking forward to joining a dynamic institution where that is held at the core of the mission,” she said.

Owles holds a Doctor of Education, Higher Education Administration (Florida International University); Master of Education in Counseling and Development, Higher Education (George Mason University); and Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Longwood College). She has served as an adjunct professor, teaching in both undergraduate and graduate courses in college success, women's studies and higher education administration. She takes a position vacated by retired Vice President Deb Duren. 

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