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Student Affairs

East Tennessee State University

Division of Student Affairs Staff
Dr. Joe H. Sherlin, Jr., Vice President for Student Affairs

Executive officer of the Division for Student Affairs reporting to the President and serving as a member of university Executive Team and the University Council.

Dr. Sherlin provides leadership for the Division; develops and approves Division policy and procedure, budgets, staff appointments, appeals, salaries, requisitions, and travel requests; evaluates services and provides leadership for strategic planning.

He is also the Division liaison to campus and community constituents and serves on the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Student Affairs Sub Council; Chairs the Technology Access Fee Committee, and Student Affairs Council, and serves as a resource for students and student organizations.


Dr. Jeff S. Howard, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

Assists with supervision and management of the Division of Student Affairs.

Dr. Howard's portfolio includes the following areas:  Dean of Students Office (ACTS, Student Conduct, CARE, Student Title IX Complaints, and Disability Services), Multicultural Affairs, New Student & Family Programs and the Buccaneer Family Association, Student Activities (Student Organization Resource Center /SORC, Civic Engagement & Leadership, and Fraternity & Sorority Life), and Student Media.

He serves as advisor to the ETSU Student Government Association (SGA) and chairs the SAAC - Student Activities Allocation Committee.

 Photo of Dr. Jeff Howard, Dean of Students

Dr. Michelle Byrd, Dean of Students

Dr. Byrd serves as the chief student conduct officer, advises campus conduct boards, and serves as a member of the University Judicial Board and as a campus resource for academic misconduct/integrity matters. 

She is the central office liaison for students of concern and CARE response and campus emergency response

She supervises the ACTS and Disability Services offices and chairs both the CARE Team and Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT). 

 Photo of Dr. Michelle Byrd, Assistant Dean of Students

Dessi Foster, Director of Development, Student Affairs & Roan Scholars

Responsible for developing and coordinating a comprehensive strategic fundraising plan for the Division of Student Affairs including the Roan Scholars program; conducting activities to raise private support; cultivating donor relations with individuals, foundations, and the corporate and business sectors; and for performing other related duties as assigned.

Develops a fundraising plan for the Division of Student Affairs that includes donor visits, cultivation, stewardship, solicitation, annual giving, and the development of other appropriate volunteer structures and committees.

 Dessi Foster Photo

Janice Gilbert, Office Coordinator

Provides administrative support for the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Dean of Students. Assists in planning and preparation of Division's Assessment/Planning system, support for the Student Activities Allocation Committee, the Tuition Refund Appeals Process, and the Student Conduct and CARE systems. 







Theresa Marlow, Office Coordinator

Provides administrative support to the Associate VP and Vice President for Student Affairs; Director of Multicultural Affairs; Student Government Association; Student Affairs Council; ETSU Gospel Ensemble; and Black Affairs Association. Coordinates the Academic Status Appeal Process.




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