Carleton’s Next Vice President for Student Life

20 March 2015

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

I’m thrilled to share the news that Carolyn H. Livingston, Senior Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Title IX Coordinator for Students at Emory University, has agreed to become Carleton’s next Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students.

In Carolyn, I’m confident Carleton has found a wise, warm and gifted leader who cares passionately about students and their success. She is someone who relishes the opportunity to be part of — and enhance — this community, and her leadership, vision and strong management skills will help the division of student life and the College move forward in the best way.

Carolyn has worked at Emory since 2006, first serving as special assistant to the senior vice president and dean of campus life until moving into her current role two years ago. Her primary responsibilities at Emory include supervising the Student Intervention Services Team and the Student Ombudsperson, leading the division’s strategic planning process, and centralizing the university’s sexual misconduct adjudication process. Carolyn has been a leader in Emory’s assessment planning, and she created the 1915 Scholars Program, a retention initiative specifically targeting first generation low-income students. She also serves as deputy to the Senior Vice President for Campus Life.

A graduate of North Carolina State University with a B.S. in applied mathematics, Carolyn earned both her M.Ed. in counselor education and Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Virginia. She worked as an admissions officer at Virginia for nearly five years and served as a doctoral intern in the president’s office for two years prior to her move to Emory. She’s also participated in international study opportunities in China, Scotland and Ghana, and has published and presented extensively.

A native of North Augusta, South Carolina, Carolyn is married to Ricky Livingston and they have three children: Nicholas, Sydney, and Olivia. She will begin her position here in late June.

I want to offer my deepest thanks to members of the Search Committee, led so ably by Associate Dean and Associate Professor of English George Shuffelton, and to Hudlin Wagner for her years of exceptional service as Carleton’s Dean of Students.

I know all of you will join me in welcoming Carolyn to Carleton in June.

Steve Poskanzer

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