As Vice President for Student Affairs, E. Royster Harper is the University of Michigan executive officer who leads a dynamic team dedicated to student learning and the development of the whole student in a diverse campus community. She is responsible for the collective services, programs and facilities that support all aspects of campus life, leadership and personal growth for more than 41,000 undergraduate and graduate students at U-M.
An alumna of the University of Michigan (B.A. and M.A.), and doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Harper has served in her current role since 1999. Previously, she served as the Senior Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, recognized for her passionate advocacy and support for the student community and for the success of the individual. In earlier positions, as Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Assistant to the Dean of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, she led efforts to facilitate better integration of student experiences inside and outside of the classroom and to improve the quality of student life.
She has been involved in a number of community activities, serving on the Ann Arbor Board of Education, the Board of Directors of the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum and the Executive Board of the Ann Arbor branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She has been actively involved in a number of professional associations and is on the board of several major organizations.
Dwayne Todd is the Vice President for Student Engagement and Success and Dean of Students at Ohio Wesleyan University, where he provides executive leadership for a talented team of colleagues working in community service learning, career services, counseling services, health services, multicultural affairs, orientation and new student programs, public safety, residential life, retention initiatives, student involvement, and student conduct processes. Additionally, he serves as OWU’s Title IX Officer. Dr. Todd previously served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Columbus College of Art & Design, where he invested 15 years to build a comprehensive student affairs program for the institution. Dr. Todd also served in various student affairs roles at Texas Christian University and was the Assistant Chairman of the MBA program at Franklin University. His career spans more than 22 years of work as a passionate advocate for student learning and development, diversity and inclusion, and vibrant institutional environments.
Dr. Todd received his BM in Music from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, his MDiv from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and his PhD in Higher Education Administration at The Ohio State University. He has served in a number of leadership roles with ACPA – College Student Educators International (a comprehensive student affairs association with approximately 7,000 members worldwide), including five years in various Governing Board positions. He currently serves as a President-Elect of the ACPA Foundation and as Co-Chair for the ACPA Institute for Aspiring Senior Student Affairs Officers. Dr. Todd is also a Past President of the Ohio College Personnel Association (OCPA), and is a member of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the Association for College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I), and the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA).
The eldest daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Luoluo (pronounced “lō-lō”) Hong is a passionate and energetic educator, leader and student advocate who initiated her career at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (1992-2000). She joined the executive leadership team of San Francisco State University as the Vice President for Student Affairs as of May 1, 2014. Prior to SF State, beginning January 2008, Luoluo served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Hawaiˈi at Hilo, where she concurrently took on the role of Acting Athletic Director for one and a half years through 2009. Other senior administrative roles have included Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students at Shepherd College (2000-2002); Dean of Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2002-2005); and Dean of Student Affairs at the West campus for Arizona State University (2005-2007).
At each campus where she has worked, Luoluo has taught undergraduate and/or graduate-level courses and been an affiliated faculty member in a variety of disciplines, including Kinesiology, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, Psychology, and Criminal Justice & Criminology. Luoluo was also a tenure-track Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at ASU and was tenured as an Associate Professor in Public Health Leadership & Education in UH Hilo’s College of Pharmacy.
Luoluo holds a BA in Psychology from Amherst College, a Master’s in Public Health from Yale University, and a PhD in Educational Leadership & Research from LSU in Baton Rouge. A nationally-sought after speaker and trainer in the areas of violence prevention, social justice, and leadership, Luoluo has delivered over 2,200 presentations and keynoted over 40 conferences and meetings. Formerly a consulting editor for the Journal of American College Health, Luoluo sits on the Advisory Board for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ Center for Scholarship, Research & Professional Development for Women and on the Women’s Network Executive Council for the American Council on Education’s Inclusive Excellence Group. She also just completed a term as chair-designee for the Pacific West Athletic Conference from 2011-13.
An alumna member of the Delta Kappa chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta, Luoluo has volunteered with numerous rape crisis centers across the country and with Kiwanis and the Chamber of Commerce in the East Hawaiˈi Island community. Luoluo is the proud parent of two rambunctious felines: a seven-year old orange tabby named Phoenix and a one-year old Siamese mix who loosely answers to Comet. Luoluo can occasionally be found masquerading as a level 90 human warlock in World of Warcraft.
With a career spanning more than 30 years in student affairs, Dr. Carmen Taylor currently serves as Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), overseeing a division comprised of more than 35 major departments and services, 400 professional staff, and serving more than 37,000 students.
Before CSULB, Dr. Taylor spent seven years in the Midwest at Indiana State University, where she served as Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students.
Her professionalism, collaborative nature, and service-oriented leadership style have developed from her time spent working and establishing programs and services for a number of universities with a variety of missions and cultures, including Duke University, Iowa State, North Carolina A&T, Purdue University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago to name just a few. The breadth of her experiences is measured not only by the types of institutions she has served in but also by her areas of service within each university.
As a first-generation college student herself, Dr. Taylor strongly believes in the mission of the Educational Opportunity Programs and their commitment to provide higher education access to historically low-income and first-generation college students. She once served as the principle investigator on a grant project supported through TRIO, a collection of federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Additional accomplishments include creating a retention program for students of color, overseeing the creation of learning communities and co-educational living units, and establishing the first 24-hour, on-call housing system at a historically black college.
Dr. Taylor serves on a host of organizations, boards, and committees at the national level. She is a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and is serving on the organization’s Center for Women Advisory Board and has been active on its African American Women Summit faculty since 2010. She was selected to join the 2013 Executive Leadership Academy (a program of the American Academic Leadership Institute), was a member of the Alice Manicur Symposium’s 2010 cohort, and a member of the Millennium Leadership Institute’s 2009 cohort.
“I believe in authentic leadership. I believe you get one opportunity to be yourself, so you might as well be yourself,” Taylor explained about her leadership style. “I also believe in Servant Leadership. Leading is a mission of service for me. I know others may see leadership differently, but as part of my own faith and belief, I think that we are all here to make life better for one another. I understand policies and procedures, and I can be an enforcer, but overall, I believe the focus should be on service.”
Dr. Taylor earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Finance, from Northern Illinois University. She received both her master’s and doctoral degrees in higher education student personnel from Iowa State University.
Dr. Tim James Pierson, Vice President for Student Affairs, began his tenure at Longwood University in 1992. As Vice President he oversees the areas of Campus Dining, Campus Police, Campus Recreation, Citizen Leadership and Social Justice Education, Conduct and Integrity, Title IX, Counseling Center, Dean of Students Office, Disability Resources, Diversity and Inclusion, Emergency Management, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Golf Course, Leadership and Service Learning, Residential and Commuter Life, Student Engagement, University Center and Student Activities, and the Assistant VPSA for Assessment and Staff Development.
Dr. Pierson served as the Dean of Students until 2000 when he was promoted to his current position. Prior to Longwood University he served as the Dean of Residence Life at Willamette University in Salem Oregon, the Director of Student Affairs for Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University and as Head Resident Advisor at MSU. His first position in student affairs was as a resident assistant while pursing his master’s degree in counseling. Tim believes his affinity for working with students was developed at an early age while being raised with a family of nine children in Ravenna, Michigan.
Dr. Pierson received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Management and a Masters of Arts in Guidance and Counselor Education from Central Michigan University. He went on to receive his Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University. His dissertation research focused on college student satisfaction with social and educational experiences.
Tim is involved professionally in American College Personnel Association, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. Positions held in ACPA include: Trustee for the Foundation, Member–at-Large for the Governing Board, Commission Chair for Administrative Leadership; Commission Chair for Student Resident Programs, Chair for Senior Student Affairs Officer Involvement. In 2005 Dr. Pierson received ACPA’s Excellence in Practice Award.