Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Vice President for Student Affairs
Wilkins Administration Building, Room 235
Phone: (540) 665-4863
Dr. Yolanda Barbier Gibson became Shenandoah University’s vice president for student affairs in June 2020. Prior to that, she served as vice president for student success from June 2019-June 2020. As vice president of student affairs, she is responsible for ensuring that all students are successful both inside and outside of the classroom. Her office oversees 12 departments including: campus recreation and wellness, career and professional development, civic engagement, counseling, dean of students, diversity and inclusion, residential services, spiritual life, student leadership, student support services, student success and enrollment management, and the wellness center.
Dr. Barbier Gibson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marymount University in Communication Studies and Business Administration (VA), a Master of Arts degree in Community College Teaching and Doctor of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration from George Mason University (VA). Prior to Shenandoah University, she was a Fellow with the American Council on Education and Towson University was her host institution. From 2011-2018, she served as the associate dean of first year experience and the director of alumni relations officer at Marymount University. As the associate dean of FYE, she was responsible for coordinating and facilitating efforts across the university to provide a unified approach to interventions aimed at increasing retention and success rates of all students. In addition, she provided direct oversight and supervision for academic advising and first year seminar courses for new undergraduate freshmen and transfer students. As the director of alumni relations, she provided direct supervision for the Office of Alumni Relations, including the planning and implementation of alumni programs, and provided strategic and organizational support to the alumni advisory board.
Gibson’s other previous positions include the director of the student success center at the University of the District of Columbia’s Community College (UDC-CC), director of campus & community relations at Northern Virginia Community College (Alexandria Campus) (NOVA), academic coordinator at George Washington University’s Graduate Center, and adjunct professor at both NOVA and UDC-CC. She is a member of the National Academic Advising Association, and National Communication Association, American Association of University Women, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Gibson obtained the following honors, Alumni Club Leadership Award (2008), and the Virginia Community College System Classified Staff Leadership Award (2007).
Dr. Barbier Gibson is an active board member for the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Winchester, Virginia as well as United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley. She also serves on the Council of Fellows with the American Council on Education.
Yolanda is the wife of James Gibson and mother to Joelle and Gabrielle.
Associate Vice President for Student Leadership & Development
Brandt Student Center, Room 119
Phone: (540) 545-7343
Fritz G. Polite, Ph.D., is the associate vice president for student leadership and development. Dr. Polite is also the university’s former assistant vice president of opportunity development, as well as the former assistant dean of student affairs and former chair of the management science division at Shenandoah University’s School of Business. He has over 30 years of experience in business, sports, management, coaching, and teaching, as well as 20 years of international professional experience. Polite earned his Ph.D. in sport administration from The Florida State University. He received his Master of Public Administration degree from Troy State University (Alabama) and his bachelor’s degree in management from Simpson College (Iowa). He is a military Veteran (US Army) and proud 3 x grandfather.
Associate Vice President & Dean of Students
Phone: (540) 545-7399
Dr. Suzanne O’Driscoll, is the assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students. Since arriving at SU in 2011, she has overseen various departments in student affairs including residence life, student conduct, diversity and inclusion, campus recreation, counseling center and wellness center. Suzanne also oversees all aspects of the University’s CARE Team. Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Marist College, a Master of Arts with Honors in Organizational Communications from Iona College, and a Doctorate of Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership from Shenandoah University. Suzanne also is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Arts and Sciences in Communication Studies.
Assistant Dean of Student Success & Enrollment Management
Wilkins Administration Building, Room 235
Phone: (540) 665-4517
Amy Sine, M.S. is the assistant dean of student success and enrollment management. Since arriving at SU in 2011, she has overseen and developed various retention initiatives to assist in continued enrollment growth and record retention rates, including the Textbook Fund, the Leadership and Educational Development (LED) Fellows, Transfer Connection, First-Generation Programming, and Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant advocacy efforts, as well a the university’s withdrawal process. Amy also oversees all aspects of the university’s New Student Orientation Programs for both Summer and Spring. Amy holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Business from Radford University, and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Shenandoah University. She is currently in the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program from Shenandoah University.
Assistant Dean of Students for Inclusion, Diversity, and Leadership
Brandt Student Center
Phone: (540) 665-4595
Dahlia Ashford, M.S., is the assistant dean of inclusion, diversity, and leadership. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Mississippi State University and a Master of Science in College Student Personnel Services and Administration from the University of Central Arkansas. Dahlia has worked in higher education in several capacities, such as retention and persistence, outreach, college access initiatives, admissions, assessment, and student conduct.
Executive Director for Wellness and Counseling Services
Wilkins Wellness Center
Phone: (540) 665-4530
Kallash completed her undergraduate studies at Stony Brook University. She then spent two years with the Peace Corps in Morocco in the sub-Saharan desert working on issues of public health relating to water sanitation, vaccination and family planning. She then went on to the University of Maryland, where she completed her master’s in preventative medicine and epidemiology in emergency health services. She spent 10 years working on a local and national level in public policy for infant health and safety including a large training grant with the National Institutes of Health NICHD division, She completed her training to become a registered nurse while working full time at the Frederick Community College night program. Kallash has over 10 years working as an intensive care unit (ICU) RN. In 2011, she was recognized with a “40 under 40” nurses in Virginia award. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University. She practiced at Selma Medical Associates, Inc., in Winchester, Virginia, for four years in the Family Practice Division prior to coming to SU as the full-time clinician and administrator for Student Health Services.
Assistant Dean of Accessibility and Support
Phone: (540) 665-4928
Holli Phillips is the assistant dean of accessibility and support. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University and her Master of Arts in Psychology from American Public University Systems. She is currently a doctoral candidate in SU’s Administrative Leadership program. Holli’s job duties are best summed up as being “all things learning.” It’s her job to help students find the techniques, resources, and skills they need to help them succeed in their academic journey. This includes overseeing the Study Skills courses and the Turning Point Program, acting as the Accessibility Services Coordinator, and working with colleagues on various committees to serve student needs.
Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards
Phone: (540) 535-3502
Matthew Coats is the director of Student Conduct and Community Standards. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Masters of Science degree in Counseling and Human Development with a concentration in Student Affairs Administration. He has worked in various areas of higher education, most notably residence life and student conduct. Matthew also helps to oversee the universities Care Team, which is comprised of staff and faculty who aid in helping students overcome hurdles to their academic success. Matthew works with students to help ensure they understand the student code of conduct and educates them on policies and corrective actions should a violation of the code of conduct take place.
Director for Campus Recreation & Wellness
Brandt Student Center
Phone: (540) 665-4790
Matt Levy is the director for Campus Recreation & Wellness. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Recreation & Leadership Management. Since being hired at Shenandoah University in August 2015, he has worked in various roles during his time at Shenandoah University, but regardless of the position, his main focus is on recreation and wellness opportunities for the campus community. Matt has served on Staff Council for three years and can usually be found managing a parking lot during many large-scale campus events such as Move-In Day and Commencement.
Director of Counseling Services
Wilkins Wellness Center
Phone: (540) 678-4481
Nic Coleman, M. A., LPC, is the director of the Shenandoah University Counseling Center. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Shenandoah University and earned his masters degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from Marymount. Nic oversees a team of fully credentialed counselors in the state of Virginia. Nic and his team provide one-on-one therapeutic services to address the overall mental health of students on campus.
Director of Civic Engagement
Phone: (540) 665 – 4862
Rebecca Gibson leads the Center for Civic Engagement, where she coordinates opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to participate in community service, voter engagement, and civic dialogue. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Master of Teaching. Gibson has taught Spanish to high school, middle school, and adult learners. She also operated a small fitness center for nine years and recently served as the program director for Literacy Volunteers, Winchester Area. Gibson currently serves on the Bright Futures Advisory Board and is a recent graduate of the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber’s Community Leadership Program.
Director of Career & Profesional Development
Phone: (540) 665 – 5412
Heather is the director of Career and Professional Development. Her education history includes doctoral credits earned at Frostburg State University in Education Leadership. She holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Bellevue University and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Prior to joining Shenandoah, Heather had eighteen years of experience in higher education. Within her last role at Allegany College of Maryland, she served as Coordinator of the Work Experience Program. Remember, it’s never too early to start career planning!
Director of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity
Brant Student Center
Phone: (540) 665 – 1289
Malik is a two-time alum of SU with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Sport Management and a Master of Business Administration. Before joining Student Affairs, Malik served in the Office of Admissions and found a passion for working with incoming and current students. Overseeing the Mosaic Center, he strives to promote an inclusive campus to all members through education and advocacy. Malik is also the Staff Council President.
Director of Student Leadership and Activities
Brant Student Center
Phone: (540) 665 – 4901
Alex Johnson is the director of Student Leadership and Activities. In her role at Shenandoah, she provides direct oversight for student involvement opportunities including, the Student Government Association, clubs and organizations, and signature campus events. Alex also leads the implementation of programs associated with the Shenandoah University Leadership Academy (SULA). Prior to her role at Shenandoah, she worked in various areas of higher education, including student conduct and residence life. Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Clemson University and a Masters of Arts in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University.