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Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students Announcement

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May 2, 2014

It is my pleasure to share with you the news that Dr. Joanna Royce-Davis will join PLU as Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students on Friday, August 1st, 2014.   Joanna comes to us from the University of the Pacific, where she most recently served as Dean of Students in the Division of Student Life.  In her 15-year career at the University of the Pacific, she has served as Associate Professor in the Benerd School of Education; Interim Vice President for Student Life; Assistant and Associate Vice President for Student Life; and as Associate Director of the Career Resource Center. Dr. Royce-Davis earned a Certificate in Student Affairs Law & Policy from NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education in 2013; a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Syracuse University in 2001; an M.A. in Counselor Education from San Jose State University in 1994; and a B.S. in Special Education with an emphasis in Community and Mental Health Counseling from Indiana University in 1990.Among her notable accomplishments, Joanna directs the graduate program in Student Affairs at the University of the Pacific.  She has also served as lead or co-designer for multiple strategies focused on undergraduate student success, including the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Student Success essay; First Year Experience signature programs, including MOVE (see, which received the 2012 NASPA National Gold award; and the Retention Action Network.

In 2013, Dr. Royce-Davis received the Podesto Award for Excellence in Student Life, Mentoring, and Counseling, and in 2012 she was awarded the Cavanaugh Distinguished Service Award from the University of the Pacific.  In 2009, she received the NASPA Region IV Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Service as a Dean, and in 2006 she was named a Pacific Woman of Distinction.  She also received the Martin Luther King, Jr., Opening Doors award in 2005.

Joanna will work alongside Dr. Laura Majovski as she gets up to speed on PLU and as Laura goes into phased retirement starting in June.  In coordination with Dr. Royce-Davis, Dr. Eva Johnson will be the point person for day-to-day activities during June and July for the Division of Student Life.

Please join me in welcoming Joanna and wishing her great success at PLU!

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