"Dr. Piper brings to the campus extensive professional experience in the area of student affairs and services, and I look forward to working with him," Koester said. "I hope all of you will join me in welcoming Dr. Piper and his family to CSUN."
Piper, who assumes his new duties March 12, said he sees coming to Northridge as "a tremendous opportunity." "I am thrilled to have a chance to work at an institution so dynamic and poised to contribute to the future," Piper said. "I think the Division of Student Affairs is a major contributor to the total success of students."
Piper will join Louanne Kennedy, provost and vice president of academic affairs, and "Mo" Qayoumi, vice president of administration and finance, as part of President Koester's senior administrative team.
Piper assumes the position formerly held by Ron Kopita, who left CSUN in mid-1999. Fred Strache has served as CSUN's interim vice president for student affairs since that time.
The Student Affairs Division at CSUN includes the following programs: Associated Students, Career Center, Center on Disabilities, Financial Aid, National Center on Deafness, Residential Life and University Conference Services, Student Development and International Programs, Student Health Center, Student Outreach and Recruitment, University Counseling and Testing Services, and the University Student Union.
Piper is married and has two children. His wife, Carolyn, is a social worker. His daughter Dana, 19, is a student at UNLV. His son Matthew is 16.
Piper has a doctoral degree in educational policy and leadership from Ohio State University, a master's in student personnel work and higher education administration from the University of Iowa and a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Pennsylvania State University.
Piper described his priorities as follows: "I put an emphasis on student learning, both inside and outside the classroom; increasing opportunities for all students to develop leadership skills to prepare for a rapidly changing society; the ability to function in an increasingly multicultural society; helping students participate in the political and human relations process; and first and foremost, helping them be successful in academics."
Piper served as associate and previously assistant vice president for student life at UNLV for more than six years. Before that, he was UNLV's director of residential life. His prior experience includes appointments at the University of Iowa and Ohio State University.
Piper comes from a UNLV campus that offers 148 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs to more than 22,000 students, including about 23 percent who are minorities. The university is located at the southern tip of Nevada in the Las Vegas valley area, which has a population of about 1 million.
@csun | January 29, 2001 issue
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