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Patricia Telles-Irvin Named VP for Student Affairs

Northwestern announces appointment of nationally recognized student affairs leader

January 24, 2011

Patricia Telles-Irvin

Following is a message from Northwestern University Provost Dan Linzer to the Northwestern community

President Schapiro and I are very pleased to announce that Patricia Telles-Irvin, currently Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Florida, has accepted our invitation to become Vice President for Student Affairs at Northwestern, effective this summer. She will succeed William Banis, who is retiring.  

Telles-Irvin is a national leader in student affairs and is the president-elect of NASPA, the national association of student affairs administrators in higher education. She has served as Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Florida since 2004. During her tenure there, she has increased student engagement while enhancing the sense of student community and academic class identity. She also is leading the university’s efforts to address the problem of binge drinking.

Telles-Irvin’s professional interests include issues of acculturation and diversity, as well as women's concerns and student development.

Prior to her tenure at the University of Florida, she served in multiple roles at Florida International University, including Director of the Student Counseling and Psychological Services Center and Assistant and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.  She concluded her service there as Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and Human Resources, and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.

She received her bachelor's degree in Education at Duke University and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Boston University.  She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Florida.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Bill Banis for his outstanding contributions to Northwestern and leadership of the Division of Student Affairs.  First in his role as director of Career Services and then as Vice President for Student Affairs, Bill has been a valuable, important member of the University’s leadership. We will have several opportunities to thank Bill more formally for his service in the coming months.

We also would like to thank the members of the search committee for their excellent work in this process. We appreciate the time and thoughtful input that the members of the committee provided.

We are very excited to have Patricia Telles-Irvin join Northwestern. We are confident that her enthusiasm and experience will enable her to provide important leadership in our continuing efforts to enhance the student experience at the University.  Please join us in welcoming her to Northwestern.

Dan Linzer, Provost

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