Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. K.C. MmejeDr. K.C. Mmeje became vice president for student affairs at Southern Methodist University effective July 17, 2017.

"Strength of character and a commitment to students shines through in interactions with Dr. Mmeje," said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. "His experience at urban, private universities in Chicago and Los Angeles also set him apart as a candidate for this important position at SMU. We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Mmeje to the Hilltop in Dallas."

In his new duties, Mmeje (pronounced MAY-jay) will oversee areas including the Office of the Dean of Student Life; Residence Life; women’s, LGBT, multicultural, volunteer and leadership programs; student activities; student conduct; the Hegi Family Career Development Center; campus ministries; health and wellness programs, including the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center; the Hughes-Trigg Student Center and the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports.

As assistant vice president and dean of students at Loyola University Chicago since September 2014, Mmeje has been responsible for several functional areas that support Loyola’s academic mission and promote a vibrant campus life, including the Office of the Dean of Students, Off-Campus Student Life, Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution, Student Activities & Greek Affairs, Leadership Development and Second Year Experience, Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, and the Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC). He has almost 15 years of progressively responsible student affairs experience in judicial affairs, crisis management, retention and academic support services, and student advocacy and support.

Mmeje received his B.A. degree in sociology and Black studies from the University of California-Santa Barbara. He earned a Master of Education degree in higher education student affairs administration from the University of Vermont and his Ed.D. in educational leadership from USC. In addition, he holds a Certificate in Management and Leadership in Education from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

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Adam R. CebulskiAssistant Vice President & Chief of Staff

Dr. Adam R. Cebulski provides overall leadership for the Student Engagement and Success portfolio within Student Affairs which includes Student Involvement (Programs and Events, Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Fraternity and Sorority Life), Student Development, Social Change and Intercultural Engagement, the Women and LGBT Center, Office of the Student Experience (Leadership, Orientation, Parent Programs, speciality populations) as well as the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. In addition, he oversees Central Administration for Student Affairs (assessment, strategic initiatives, marketing, technology, etc).

Dr. Cebulski holds his Ed.D. in Higher Education from Southern Methodist University, his M.S.Ed. degree in Higher Education Administration and Policy from Northwestern University and a B.S. degree in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. His background has focused on strategic planning and assessment, and he has helped many universities and non-profit organizations implement structural and procedural changes to improve operations. His professional expertise also includes process improvement, program evaluation, student retention initiatives, marketing, admissions and recruitment, and technology integration. He most recently served as the Director of Research and Strategic Initiatives for Campus Labs and is an independent consultant for higher education institutions. Previously, he held positions within student and academic affairs at Illinois Institute of Technology and Northwestern University.

His research projects include using gamification principles and human motivation patterns to increase student engagement and success, development of intentional student experiences, the intersection of identity salience of underrepresented students and leadership development, in-group bias against positive attributes, and the impacts and integration of technology on higher education. 

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Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs

Nan Gunter joined the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs in March of 2016 and is thrilled to be part of this dynamic team. Nan supports the Office of the Vice President through administrative and logistics work. She assists with strategic division initiatives and sits on division committees. She is also responsible for coordination division-wide activities. 
She began working at SMU in 2003 at the Cox School of Business and later moved to the Development and External Affairs Division. She has also earned a Graduate Marketing Certificate from Southern Methodist University.  Nan earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University.

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Assistant to the Assistant Vice President & Chief of Staff

Lydia Dale has served the SMU campus community as a member of the Division of Student Affairs since January 1983. She has a dual role in the division providing administrative and logistical support to the Assistant Vice President & Chief of Staff and serving as Student Involvement Coordinator. Lydia also serves as contract lead for Student Affairs and chairs one of the division committees.

In 2000 Lydia received the “M” Award, the most highly prized recognition bestowed upon students, faculty, staff and administrators. She holds a Business Administration AAS degree from Richland College.

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TrevorSuttonCollateral Coordinator for Strategic Initiatives

Trevor Sutton received his B.A. in Communication from Berry College and his Master of Education degree in higher education student affairs from the University of South Carolina. He is in his third year at SMU and serves as the Residential Community Director of Virginia-Snider Commons within Residence Life and Student Housing.

Trevor has worked with the Strategic Plan Champions since June 2018 and will oversee the implementation of the division’s strategic plan for the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. He is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the strategic plan Champions, training division members on plan implementation, and coordinating the project management of the plan.

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Graduate Assistant for Assessment and Strategic Initiatives

Karalee Hinz Karalee Hinz is currently a Master Student in Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management in the Simmons School at SMU. She joined the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs as a Graduate Assistant for Assessment and Strategic Initiatives in August 2018. Karalee earned her B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and double minors in Business and History, from Louisiana State University in just three years.

Karalee supports the strategic planning and assessment efforts within the Office of the Vice President. She helps coordinate and perform assessment consultations and trainings, facilitates and develops strategic planning exercise, and helps to create and execute a divisional marketing strategy.

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Administrative Student Worker

Isaac Joseph Isaac Joseph is from Dallas, Texas and is a sophomore studying in the Lyle Engineering School. He is double majoring in Computer Science and Business Administration. Isaac joined the office of the Vice President of Student Affairs in September of 2018 and is excited to use his skills to work with the team. After graduating, Isaac plans on pursuing a career in Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence.


Darian Taylor

Graphic Design and Administrative Student Worker

Darian Taylor is a sophomore from Houston, Texas triple majoring in Political Science, Economics, and Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. He joined the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs as an Administrative Assistant his sophomore year and is excited to work with the Vice President and everyone else on the team. Darian intends on going to Law School and pursuing a career in Crisis Management. 

Darian thinks that being college should not be just about academics, but about the experiences you have outside of the classroom as well. As a student at SMU, he has been involved in many different campus organizations and events. Darian is a Hunt Leadership Scholar, served as an Orientation Leader before the 2017-2018 school year, and is a part of Beta Upsilon Chi Fraternity.