Koren Bakkegard will join the Division of Campus Life on August 1st as the Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students. In her role she will oversee four important departments (Residential Life, Student Conduct and Community Standards, Student Support Services, and Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center and Student Activities) for building community with students as well as many of the resources and processes that support students in need and crisis. Vice President Eric Estes who chaired the search offered that “Koren rose to the top of an incredibly strong applicant pool amongst numerous candidates who currently serve as Deans and AVPs. I am so excited for the community that she will be joining us especially students." She will join an experienced senior leadership team in the division and the Executive Committee of the University. She will have the opportunity to contribute to and lead forward vision and mission at both the divisional and institutional levels.
Koren Bakkegard is currently interim associate vice provost and dean of residential education at Stanford University. In her role since August of 2018, she oversees an annual operating budget of $20 million and supervises 40 professional staff, 72 live-in faculty and academic staff, and more than 500 student staff. She has been called on to guide her part of the division through a series of significant transitions this year including changes in the division and department leadership team and aligning department functions with priorities related to equity and inclusion, mental and emotional well-being, and community and belonging. As one of the longest serving senior leaders in the division, she had the opportunity to lead and reshape a number of units across the divisions of student affairs and undergraduate education. Her previous roles at Stanford University include associate dean and executive director of residential education (2014-2018), associate dean and director of community standards (2012-2014), associate dean of undergraduate advising and research (2009-2012), assistant dean of freshmen (2008-2009), and director of new student programs (2007-2008).
Her many accomplishments in those roles include, but are not limited to: leading the development of the First-Year Reflections Seminar – a credit bearing course facilitated by faculty, staff, and more experienced students; co-leading the launch of the Gender Inclusive Stanford Initiative to improve the support for and experience of trans and gender non-binary students, faculty, and staff; developing emergency response protocols for residential professional and student staff; leading the shift in approach of the Office of Community Standards to emphasize education and outreach related to academic integrity and ethical behavior; leading the merger of the Freshman Dean’s Office with Undergraduate Advising and Research that included changes in structure and personnel; overseeing a 50% increase in the number of faculty and staff volunteering to be pre-major advisors; and restructuring academic advising of varsity athletes.
Bakkegard has also provided significant service to the Stanford community with initiatives focused on holistic student learning and resilience, several iterations of campus alcohol advisory groups, as a Title IX investigator and appeals officer, and as a founding member of the First-Generation/Low-Income Students Advisory Group.
On several occasions over the last decade, when Stanford has needed an administrator to provide vision and direction to strengthen organizational structures and teams, the division’s leadership has looked to her. Each time, her work has resulted in structures, systems, and processes that are more responsive to student needs and strengthen their educational experience.
Koren Bakkegard finished the course work for the Ph.D. in English at the University of Rochester, earned a M.A. in English at Wake Forest University, and a B.A. in literature and language at the University of North Carolina – Asheville.
Regarding hopes entering her new role, Bakkegard offered “I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to join the Brown community at this time of great promise and to contribute to strengthening the foundations for students’ sense of connection and belonging to the University. I am inspired by the students, staff, and faculty working together with the shared purpose of creating transformative educational experiences.” Much appreciation goes to the search committee - Director of CAPS Will Meek, Senior Associate Athletics Director Carolan Norris, U-FLi Center Program Director Julio Reyes, Assistant Director of SEAS Sean Haggerty, undergraduate students Gabriel Gonzalez ’20 and Nothando Adu-Gyamfi ’19, and graduate student Warren Harding. Special thanks to Assistant Director of Campus Life Projects Isabella Dueñas who staffed the search and Chuck O’Boyle, Search Counsel for Higher Education, who worked with the division on the search.