University President Jim Ryan and Provost Liz Magill announced Robyn Hadley as the University’s next vice president and chief student affairs officer in a community-wide email sent Thursday. Hadley will succeed Patricia Lampkin, who retired this month after over 20 years in the role.
As the vice president and chief student affairs officer, Hadley will lead a team of over 200 student affairs professionals and work with the Office of the Dean of Students, Student Health and Wellness, the Office of African-American Affairs, the University Career Center and student-led organizations, among other areas. According to the email, the Search Committee of the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost — which was responsible for hiring a successor to the role — unanimously supported Hadley’s appointment.
Hadley currently serves as the associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs and dean of the Office of Scholar Programs at the Washington University in St. Louis, where she was recruited in 2013 to lead the John B. Ervin Scholars Program — a program that awards scholarships to incoming first years with a history of dedication to community service and diversity. She has also led several other initiatives to support and increase enrollment of historically underrepresented students and help all students achieve success.
A first-generation college student, Hadley graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar before becoming a Rhodes Scholar and studying political science at Oxford University. Throughout her professional career, she has held leadership roles in K-12 education, higher education and the private sector.
As a member of the Alamance-Burlington School System in Burlington, N.C., Hadley founded the “What’s After High School?” program and the “YESICAN Program,” which were designed to increase awareness and access to college for both students and families.
Hadley has received numerous accolades for her work, including being named a “Champion of Change” by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education and “Woman of the Year” by the Burlington, N.C. Rotary Club. She has also won a Magna award from the American School Board Journal and the National School Boards Association, a Chancellor’s Medallion Award from Fayetteville State University, a W.E.B. DuBois Staff Mentor Award from Washington University and a Meritorious Service Award from the Chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill.
“We look forward to introducing Robyn to our student affairs division this week and to the larger community in the near future,” the email read.
Hadley will assume the role June 1.