Robyn Hadley, vice president and chief student affairs officer, will serve as Dean of Students. Hadley succeeds Julie Caruccio, whose appointment expired at the end of May.
The Dean of Students oversees many integral aspects of student life at the University, including Housing and Residence Life, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Multicultural Student Services, first-generation student support and student engagement and safety.
Hadley began as vice president in June 2021. The Office of the Dean of Students is a part of the larger division for Student Affairs, which Hadley leads as the Chief Student Affairs Officer. Historically, the Dean of Students has been a separate role in Student Affairs.
“At the end of the academic year, the President and Provost asked me to assume the additional title of Dean of Students and, with this change, I am working with the leadership team to realign an already great team in Student Affairs toward a proactive emphasis on student success, thriving, flourishing and belonging,” Hadley said in an interview with UVA Today.
Hadley has been integral in the University’s efforts to reform student advising, including soliciting student feedback and strategizing with other administrative leaders to ensure students can navigate resources offered by the University. Other priorities for Hadley have included beginning outreach to students before application and admissions and finally modeling the importance of community in the student experience. Hadley also hosted “Round Table” dinners with students in the fall.
Caruccio stepped in to replace former dean Allen Groves, who left the University in July 2021 to serve as senior vice president and chief student experience officer at Syracuse University. Caruccio will continue to work in the Office of Student Affairs, where she previously served as an assistant vice president and associate dean of students.