St. Ambrose Appoints First VP for Student Engagement


02/13/2023

St. Ambrose University (SAU) is proud to appoint Dr. Christopher Waugh as the institution's first Vice President for Student Engagement and Dean of Students. The new role is designed to support SAU's innovative approach to student success that will optimize systems and services within the University to prepare the next generation of learners across their lifespans. 

Previously serving as Dean of Students, Associate Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs since 2019, Waugh will work will directly with SAU's new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Joseph M. Roidt, to develop an infrastructure that fosters a more holistic student experience, whether they are part-time, residential or online. In line with SAU's strategic plan, he will be responsible for the strategic vision and direction for the institution's future-focused, student-centered learning model.

Christopher Waugh

St. Ambrose Appoints First VP for Student Engagement


St. Ambrose University (SAU) is proud to appoint Dr. Christopher Waugh as the institution's first Vice President for Student Engagement and Dean of Students. The new role is designed to support SAU's innovative approach to student success that will optimize systems and services within the University to prepare the next generation of learners across their lifespans. Previously serving as Dean of Students, Associate Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs since 2019, Waugh will work will directly with SAU's new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Joseph M. Roidt.

"The next generation of learners is already on campus, and they're looking for agile student services that allow them flexibility for the numerous responsibilities and commitments they bring into our classrooms, playing fields, residence halls, and student organizations," said Waugh. "Many of these learners are often working full- or part-time and balancing family responsibilities with community engagement work and participating in athletics, fine arts, or other social opportunities at St. Ambrose. I look forward to continuing our momentum and elevating our programs to meet the evolving needs of today's students."

The addition of a Vice President for Student Engagement position allows St. Ambrose to expand the departments of student affairs and academic services to reimagine educational and human-centered services through the lens of the student. Pilot programs, such as a student success coaching program, are already being implemented under Waugh's leadership. To date, 30+ faculty and staff volunteers have been trained to work one-on-one with students as tutors and mentors in an effort to more effectively connect them to co-curricular engagement opportunities on campus. St. Ambrose University President, Amy C. Novak, EdD, believes it is this extraordinary commitment to student success built upon a foundation of compassion and faith that will set the University apart from its peers as a leader in the future of higher education.

"I'm appreciative of Dr. Waugh's genuine care and concern for students. His commitment to listening to students and then building the networks of faculty and staff to support their success has been impressive," expressed President Novak. "His work with parents, students, and his team reflect his authentic belief in the intrinsic value of all persons. He values their vocational discernment process and is committed to strengthening student engagement across the student experience."

Waugh will assume his new duties as Vice President for Student Engagement on July 1. To learn more about student services at St. Ambrose University, visit sau.edu/student-life/dean-of-students.

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