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Cherry Callahan Will Lead Student Affairs

031611Feature_CallahanAfter a nationwide search, UNCG has appointed a familiar face, Dr. Cheryl M. “Cherry” Callahan, vice chancellor for student affairs.

The UNCG Board of Trustees is expected to approve Callahan’s appointment Thursday, March 17.

Callahan, who came to UNCG as assistant to the vice chancellor for student affairs in 1979, has served as interim vice chancellor for student affairs since May 2010. She follows Dr. Carol S. Disque, who retired from the position.

“Cherry has served this institution with distinction and loyalty for over 30 years,” said Provost David H. Perrin. “She has a national reputation as an innovator in student affairs, and is known on our campus for her exemplary teamwork and collaboration. She is the right person to lead the Division of Student Affairs to new levels of excellence in partnership with our students, faculty and staff.”

“I am thrilled to continue my service to The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in this important role,” Callahan said. “Student Affairs and the work that I do is a personal passion and to be able to do it with the terrific team assembled here is an honor.”

Callahan was promoted to assistant vice chancellor for student affairs in 1984; she became associate vice chancellor for student affairs in 1987. Her responsibilities as vice chancellor, effective immediately, will include oversight of Campus Activities and Programs, Campus Recreation, Housing and Residence Life, Career Services and Student Health Services along with numerous other student program and service departments.

Callahan earned a BA in sociology at UNCG. She also holds an MEd in guidance and counseling from UNC-Chapel Hill and a PhD in child development and family relations from UNCG.

She also has extensive experience as an adjunct faculty member, teaching courses on community leadership, human development, communication, counseling and psychology. At UNCG, she continues to hold an adjunct appointment in the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education.

Callahan served as the 1998-99 President of NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators), which has a membership of over 10,000 student affairs professionals from over 25 countries and is currently president-elect of the NASPA Foundation.

Her recent publications include a chapter on student death protocols in the textbook “Assisting Bereaved College Students.” She also wrote “Assessment – Our Next Call to Action” for the NASPA E-Zine.

Her recent honors include the Fred Turner Award for Distinguished Service from NASPA, the 2006 Denise E. Maleska Leadership Service Award from the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and the 2006 DAT Award for Greensboro Chapter Disaster Action Team Member of the Year from the American Red Cross.

By Michelle Hines