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William Schafer appointed CWU’s interim Dean of Student Success

Katherine Frank, Central Washington University’s Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Life, today named veteran administrator William Schafer to serve as the school’s interim Dean of Student Success.

Schafer has more than 35 years of experience in higher education, including working as Vice President for Student Life at West Virginia University from 2015-2017. He was also Vice President for Student Affairs at Georgia Tech for 11 years and Dean of Students at the University of Texas at El Paso for six years.

Schafer begins his service on January 8. The university plans to conduct a national search for the position.

“Dr. Schafer is a respected and nationally known senior-level administrator who will provide experience and leadership in our Office of Student Success,” Frank said. “He has a passion for students and for improving the student experience, and we are looking forward to working with him in the coming months.”

Schafer was one of three candidates put forward by the Registry, a national organization with more than 500 experienced higher education executives who are available on an interim basis to assist colleges and universities.

Schafer earned his BS in Chemical Engineering, MA in Guidance and Counseling, and PhD in Higher Education Administration at the University of Colorado Boulder. He also has completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University.

During his time at WVU, Schafer served as a change agent, refocusing his team on a path to develop a Division of Student Life that leads the profession by providing a student-centered learning environment. He is currently a National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Senior Fellow conducting research on key student affairs initiatives for the organization.

Media contact: Richard Moreno, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-2714,

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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