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Alumnus, Veteran Administrator to Head Student Affairs

Winston B. Crisp ’92 (JD), who has spent his career at Carolina, has been appointed vice chancellor for student affairs.

The Board of Trustees approved the appointment Thursday, effective May 10. Crisp currently serves as assistant vice chancellor for student affairs.

Crisp will succeed Margaret Jablonski, who has been vice chancellor since May 2004.

Crisp became assistant vice chancellor for student affairs in 2005. He has been responsible for student affairs programs and advising, a variety of student services — ranging from counseling to dispute resolution and judicial programs to Greek affairs to local community relations — along with various aspects of enrollment management, student records and registration, and parent relations.

He was part of a team charged with overhauling policies for handling distressed students and has been an adviser to and leader of the University’s student crisis team. He has contributed to efforts to strengthen the student judicial and honor system and leadership development program. He has co-taught a first-year seminar on policy and practice in American universities as well as classes on legal writing, advocacy, the 14th Amendment and due process.

In 2007, Crisp spent the summer at Virginia Tech as a UNC volunteer on loan, helping student affairs colleagues there with recovery efforts after the campus shooting tragedy and learning how their experiences could benefit Carolina.

Previously, Crisp was the law school’s first full-time assistant dean for student affairs and the first associate dean for student services. In those roles, he was part of the dean’s two-person senior management team and played a key role in strengthening coordination among the academic program, financial management, outreach and student support. He spent 12 years at the school starting in 1992.

Crisp will oversee policies, programs and services for more than 17,900 undergraduates and another 10,900 graduate and professional school students at UNC. The division is responsible for helping create and maintain an institutional climate that fosters student learning and development while enhancing a strong sense of community for all students.

A dozen departments come under the division’s supervision, including Campus Health Services, Campus Recreation, Campus Y, Carolina Union, University Career Services, Counseling and Wellness Services, the office of the Dean of Students, Disability Services, Housing and Residential Education, Information Technology, the LGBTQ Center, and New Student and Carolina Parent programs. The student affairs division has about 360 permanent employees and more than 1,200 student staff. Student affairs manages about a third of all campus buildings.

A native of Fayetteville, Crisp received a bachelor’s degree in 1989 from Johnson C. Smith University, where he was active in student government and student judicial issues. In law school at Carolina, he was inducted into the James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society, the school’s highest honor for leadership and service.


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