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Student Life and Enrollment

East Tennessee State University

Division Staff
Dr. Joe H. Sherlin, Jr., Vice President for Student Life and Enrollment

Executive officer of the Division, reporting to the President, and serving on the University's Executive Leadership Team and the University Council.

Dr. Sherlin provides leadership, develops and approves Division policy and procedure, budgets, staff appointments, appeals, salaries, requisitions, and travel requests, evaluates services, and coordinates strategic planning.

He is the Division liaison to campus and community constituents, Chairs the ETSU Student Life and Enrollment Council, and serves as a resource for students and student organizations.


Dr. Jeff S. Howard, Associate Vice President for Student Life and Enrollment

Assists with leadership, supervision, and management of the Division.

Dr. Howard's portfolio includes the Dean of Students Office (Student Conduct, CARE, Counseling Center, and Disability Services), Multicultural Center, and the D.P. Culp Student Center, (Student Activities & Organizations, Civic Engagement & Leadership, and Fraternity & Sorority Life).

He serves as student liaison and student advocate, as the advisor to the ETSU Student Government Association (SGA) and chairs the SAAC - Student Activities Allocation Committee.

 Photo of Dr. Jeff Howard, Dean of Students

Dr. Michelle Byrd, Dean of Students

Dr. Byrd serves as the chief student conduct officer, advises campus conduct boards, and serves as a member of the University Judicial Board, as a campus resource for academic misconduct/integrity matters, and as a resource and advocate for all students.

She is the central office liaison for students of concern and CARE response and campus emergency response.

She supervises the Counseling Center and Disability Services offices and chairs both the CARE Team and Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT). 

 Photo of Dr. Michelle Byrd, Assistant Dean of Students

Dessi Foster, Director of Development, Student Life and Enrollment & Roan Scholars

Responsible for developing and coordinating a comprehensive strategic fundraising plan for the Division and the Roan Scholars program; conducting activities to raise private support; cultivating donor relations with individuals, foundations, and the corporate and business sectors; and for performing other related duties as assigned.

Develops a fundraising plan for the Division that includes donor visits, cultivation, stewardship, solicitation, annual giving, and the development of other appropriate volunteer structures and committees.

 Dessi Foster Photo

Janice Gilbert, Office Coordinator

Provides administrative support for the Vice President for Student Life and Enrollment and the Dean of Students. Assists in planning and preparation of Division's Assessment/Planning system, support for the Student Activities Allocation Committee, the Tuition Refund Appeals Process, and the Student Conduct and CARE systems. 







Theresa Marlow, Office Manager

Provides administrative support to the Associate VP and Vice President for Student Life and Enrollment;  Student Government Association; Student Life and Enrollment Council;  Coordinates the Academic Status Appeal Process.




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