Convocation Speaker

Dr. K.C. Mmeje

Kenechukwu (K.C.) Mmeje is entering his fifth academic year as vice president for Student Affairs at SMU and his second decade working in higher education.

In his current role, Mmeje (pronounced MAY-jay) provides strategic leadership for areas that directly impact a student’s success and sense of belonging on campus. He oversees the Office of the Dean of Students, Residence Life and Student Housing, Women and LGBT Center, the Hegi Family Career Development Center and campus ministries. He also leads health and wellness programs and offices, including the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center, the Hughes-Trigg Student Center and the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports.

Driven by an earnest desire to provide an exceptional experience for all SMU students, Mmeje pioneered the development and implementation of Student Affairs’ strategic plan, Cultivating Courageous Change – a guiding ethos outlining the division’s commitment to fostering a dynamic, vibrant and inclusive campus that supports continued student development and learning. He was also instrumental in the multimillion-dollar renovation of Hughes-Trigg. Completed in 2021, the reimagined facility in the heart of the Hilltop serves as a space where students come together to socialize, dine, study and participate in the full slate of campus activities.

Prior to joining SMU, Mmeje served as the assistant vice president and dean of students at Loyola University in Chicago. He also worked in various roles serving students while at the University of Southern California and the University of Vermont.

Mmeje received his bachelor’s degree in sociology and Black studies from the University of California-Santa Barbara, his master’s degree in higher education student affairs administration from the University of Vermont and his doctorate in educational leadership from USC.