The Role of the VCSA
The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (VCSA) reports to the chancellor and serves on the chancellor’s executive team. The vice chancellor provides executive leadership to a core set of student services-related departments and programs, that includes Student Life (led by the Dean of Students), the Wisconsin Union, University Health Services, and University Recreation & Wellbeing. In addition to providing oversight, support, and direction to these units, the VCSA collaborates broadly across the many units and programs that serve students across campus, such as University Housing and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement.
The position works with other units on campus to enhance UW–Madison as a lively and welcoming community for students and to create transformative outside-the-classroom learning opportunities to prepare students to be successful in a global society. The vice chancellor is tasked with enhancing coordination and identifying synergies between student services units, providing executive leadership in managing student issues, and crafting a vision to advance the Wisconsin Experience for all students.
About Dr. Lori Reesor
Dr. Lori Reesor joined UW–Madison in 2018 as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. She oversees a collection of student services that includes University Recreation & Wellbeing, Student Life, University Health Services, and the Wisconsin Union. She also serves as an affiliate clinical professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Prior to UW–Madison, Reesor served as Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Indiana University, and Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of North Dakota. Reesor has over 30 years of experience in student affairs at large public institutions including the University of Kansas, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Wichita State University.
A first-generation college student, Dr. Reesor holds a doctoral degree from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree from Iowa State University, and a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. She has held numerous leadership positions in professional organizations including APLU and NASPA. NASPA named Reesor a Pillar of the Profession in 2014 and she is the recipient of the Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service for 2015. Reesor has co-authored several editions of Beginning Your Journey: A Guide for New Professionals in Student Affairs as well as other articles in student affairs.