Lacy Karpilo named associate vice chancellor of Student Affairs

by Michelle Saport  |   

Following a national search, Lacy Karpilo has been selected to lead the Student Affairs division of Student Access, Advising and Transition. Karpilo will assume the associate vice chancellor position on May 20.

Karpilo holds a doctorate in education and human resource studies, with an emphasis in higher education, from Colorado State University; a master's in counseling psychology from the University of Denver; and a bachelor's in psychology form Occidental College. Karpilo has 11 years of progressive experience in higher education, including creating and leading successful programs and services for first generation, Alaska Native, rural Alaska, international and veteran student populations.

Karpilo has served as the director of Residence Life for the Anchorage campus since 2009 and has demonstrated a high level of expertise, professionalism and readiness to assume an executive level position. Prior to coming to UAA, she served as the assistant director of Residence Life at the University of Puget Sound and the Art Institute of Colorado. In these positions, she designed, led and evaluated student access, outreach, first-year experience and transition programs.

Karpilo has a deep understanding of the issues facing UAA students as they transition to this institution and work their way through the first-year experience, as well as solid knowledge and experience related to student orientation and college student adjustment. She is skilled in positively influencing college student behavior and development toward success.

Vice Chancellor Schultz commented, "I am impressed by Dr. Karpilo's strong relationship-centric leadership style that will position her well to positively influence UAA's diverse population of students, faculty and staff to work effectively within and across divisions, and foster and sustain effective relationships with external stakeholders."

The division of Student Access, Advising and Transition is being configured from existing programs, departments and resources in the Office of Student Affairs and the divisions of Academic & Multicultural Student Services and Enrollment Services. The overall objective is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency with which students enter the university, receive placement and advising and navigate the first year of college. The superordinate goal is to provide new students a smooth, cohesive and quality experience from first point of interest, through admissions, orientation, advising and participation in first-year-experience programs.

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