The University of North Carolina at Pembroke announced the promotion, effective July 1, of Dr. Lisa L. Schaeffer to associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs.
Dr. Schaeffer has worked at UNCP for 18 years. She directed UNCP's Career Services Center, which is ranked number one among the 16 UNC schools for student satisfaction.
"It's a new challenge, and it gives me the opportunity to work with students in more situations, which is my first love," said Dr. Schaeffer.
Dr. Schaeffer's new responsibilities include supervision of the campus judiciary system and oversight of the Career Services, Counseling and Testing and the Student Health centers.
As UNCP's chief judicial officer, she said she will challenge students to make better choices.
"I feel like I can make a difference," she said. "Students motivate me, and I learn as much from them as they do from me."
Dr. Schaeffer will supervise student publications such as the yearbook and campus newspaper. She will also plan, implement and evaluate staff development activities. Lastly, she will coordinate research and assessment services related to student needs.
She reports to Dr. Diane O. Jones, vice chancellor for Student Affairs.
"Dr. Schaeffer has a proven track record for being an effective administrator and manager," said Dr. Jones. "She has wonderful interpersonal skills that will serve her well in working with students, faculty and staff."
"Lisa's past performance has been exemplary and characterized by professionalism," Dr. Jones said. "I look forward to having her joining the Office of Student Affairs in her new role."
UNCP's rapid growth is going to be a factor in planning for the future, Dr. Schaeffer said.
"We are all very interested in expanding our staff to provide more programming and maintaining good student-administrative ratios," she said. "We continue to provide students individualized services.'"
Dr. Schaeffer headed the Career Center since 1990. From 1984-89, she worked in the Office of Admissions as a counselor, assistant director and then associate director.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in sociology, a Master's in counseling and her Doctorate in educational administration from Campbell University.
"In graduate school, I had an awakening when I opened the textbook for my first course in student personnel services," said Dr. Schaeffer. "I saw all the different administrative services offered to students, from admissions to alumni relations. It was then I knew I wanted to be on a college campus."
Dr. Schaeffer is married to UNCP men's soccer coach, Mike Schaeffer. They have a son, Ethan, who is five years old.