Fritz Polite, Ph.D., Shenandoah University’s assistant vice president for opportunity development, is stepping into a newly created role this summer as the university’s first associate vice president for student leadership development. He begins his new duties July 1.
As part of this restructuring of positions, Dr. Polite will oversee the offices of:
- Civic Engagement
- Career & Professional Development
- Student Leadership Development
It is an honor and privilege to join the Division of Student Affairs under the leadership of Dr. Yolanda B.Gibson. This will distinguish our institution while preparing the next generation of Shenandoah University leaders”
Fritz Polite, Ph.D.
The move will allow the offices under his direction to work together more closely and combine resources as well as support The Shenandoah University Leadership Academy (SULA), which will focus specifically on student leadership development and take the university to the next level in terms of student career preparation and leadership skill development.
Dr. Polite brings with him a fantastic energy and a profound knowledge of student career development and preparation. His work in the business school, the relationships he has fostered and the leaders he has created make him an ideal candidate for his new role in Student Affairs. We are extremely excited to have him join us.”
Dr. Yolanda B.Gibson
Within his new area of responsibility, Polite said he envisions continued expansion of programs like the Leadership and Mentoring Program (LAMP), which he was integral in developing during his years with the university’s business school. “We definitely see LAMP continuing to grow across campus,” he said. “LAMP will be a core aspect of student development. Research has shown that positive mentoring is a key component for developing successful and effective leaders.”
Polite joined Shenandoah in 2014, as director of the sport management program in the School of Business. Since then, he has served as the chair of the business school’s management science division and as its assistant dean of student affairs, as well as the university’s assistant vice president for opportunity development. Polite holds a bachelor’s degree from Simpson College, a master’s in public administration from Troy State University, and a doctorate from The Florida State University.