Zdziarski accepts position as Vice President of Student Affairs at DePaul University in Chicago

Dr. Eugene Zdziarski, Roanoke's vice president of student affairs and dean of students, has accepted a position as the Vice President of Student Affairs at DePaul University in Chicago.

Since coming to Roanoke in 2008, Zdziarski has made a positive and lasting impact on the College and its students. He was closely involved in the construction of Roanoke's largest residence hall, which features three different styles of living arrangements.  He also initiated a review process for student support services to help Roanoke enhance student services. Under his leadership, the Counseling Center was reorganized into an independent office within the Student Affairs division. He also worked with the student government leaders to rewrite the SGA constitution to make the organization more representative of the student body. The Campus Recreation program has expanded and now engages 65% of the student body in activities such as intramurals, group fitness, club sports and Outdoor Adventures.

His expertise and role in emergency preparedness has been a benefit to the entire campus community.  Zdziarski also served as the liaison with the Salem community over the past years. 

"I am very grateful for his efforts to serve our students and to improve our College," Roanoke President Michael Maxey said.

"Dean Gene" as he is known to students has been very involved in student activities and community life. An accessible presence in student life, students and his staff were often invited to his home for dinners.  He has been an accessible presence in student life. Whether it's his attendance at bingo, a Maroons athletic event, or sledding down the hill with students in this month's big snowstorm, he has spent a great deal of time with Roanoke students.

"I am excited about this professional opportunity, but I will miss my colleagues and friends at Roanoke," Zdziarski said. "I look forward to being closer to my family in Chicago. I am proud of the work the student affairs staff has accomplished  - they are dedicated to our students and they really are committed to the education of the whole student."

Zdziarski's daughter, Laura, is a 2013 graduate of Roanoke College and his wife, Catherine, is a 1994 graduate of Roanoke as well.

Zdziarski will be on the Roanoke campus until mid-June. Roanoke will initiate a national search process for his successor in the coming weeks.

Released: February 28, 2014
Contact Name: Public Relations
Contact Phone: (540) 375-2282
Contact Email: gereaux@roanoke.edu