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Student Affairs supports Longwood's mission to prepare citizen leaders by providing educational and co-curricular opportunities designed to challenge and support students as they learn and develop.  Through intentional collaboration with campus partners, we create an engaging, diverse and inclusive community that positively influences student well-being, learning, development, and success. 

Our Student Affairs Teams and Working Groups

Through a model that fosters collaboration within our area and across the campus, all student affairs professionals serve on one or more of our teams in addition to several other campus-wide committees and strategic task forces:

  • Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Student Success Partnership Team
  • Administrative Assessment Team (AAC)
  • AOD Team
  • Care Team
  • Community Standards Team
  • COVID-19 Planning & Response Team
  • First Generation Student Success Working Group
  • Hazing Prevention/Edu Working Group
  • Student Leadership Strategic Development Team
  • University Assessment Council (UAC)
  • University Diversity Council (UDC)
  • University Planning Council (UPC)
  • Well-Being Council

Commitment to Student Success

Collectively, our qualified staff comprises several departments each committed to providing exceptional service and quality learning experiences that positively impact student success.  Individually, they represent scholars, teachers, counselors, advisers, mentors, programmers, and practitioners who challenge and support all students by:

  • Modeling good decision making that is inclusive and open;
  • Empowering students to explore important matters of interest;
  • Sharing the responsibility for the campus with students;
  • Involving students in the process of leadership;
  • Listening to students’ concerns, ideas, and suggestions;
  • Informing students about programs, activities, and opportunities;
  • Supporting students while they discover themselves and try new things;
  • Challenging students to see an alternative view, concept, or perspective;
  • Creating a tone or climate of civility, inclusivity, and mutual respect;
  • Facilitating programs, workshops, and events where ideas from diverse perspectives can be shared and discussed;
  • Mediating conflicts and resolving problems;
  • Counseling students to promote self-awareness and well-being; and
  • Reflecting with students about their experiences.

Letter from the Vice President

Welcome to Longwood Student Affairs where developing citizen leaders in a meaningful learning environment is our mission and passion.

Organizationally many offices comprise the division of student affairs; however, student lives and learning are not segmented into divisions, departments, classrooms, or even into research activities.

We collaborate with faculty and staff across the campus to enrich and integrate learning experiences and opportunities into all facets of university life. Research confirms that a student's involvement and engagement in his or her learning produces the greatest gains and that one's peers have the most influence. Student leadership is a central component of our campus culture and intricately woven into the very fabric of Longwood's meaningful learning environment. Over 180 student organizations offer fertile ground for students to explore their interests, test their skills, become involved in the community, or simply try something new.

At the beginning of each academic year the Student Honor Board along with faculty, robed in full academic regalia, assemble for the Honor Ceremony where all freshmen sign their pledge to uphold the Honor Code. For well over 100 years, Longwood has maintained this rich and cherished tradition that exemplifies the essence of our core values. Each student is treated with dignity and respect, and we expect students to own responsibility for their education, decisions, and behavior.

It is truly a distinct privilege to be a part of this challenging endeavor where the success of every student matters and that our partnership in this journey leads students to discover the power within!

Please feel free to contact me or any one of our staff, if we can be of any assistance to you.



Tim J. Pierson, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs