The News Service
David A. Greene named VP for campus life and student services
David A. Greene, currently serving as interim vice president, has been named vice president for campus life and student services. His appointment is effective July 1, 2004.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — David A. Greene, former assistant to the president, has been named vice president for campus life and student services at Brown University. Greene, who has been serving as interim vice president for the current academic year, succeeded Janina Montero in May 2003. His appointment is effective July 1, 2004.
“Our Plan for Academic Enrichment has an important focus on building a shared sense of community. That task will require clear vision and strong leadership in the Division of Campus Life and Student Services,” said Brown President Ruth J. Simmons. “David’s administrative experience with student services and his understanding of campus life issues at Brown made him an excellent candidate for the vice presidency.”
During his year as interim vice president, Greene facilitated an analysis of the University’s needs for student housing, renovated dining facilities, fitness and wellness centers and addressed other elements of the campus environment outside the classroom. He continues to manage a planning process for creation of a campus center.
The vice president for campus life and student services is the senior advocate for students and their co-curricular needs, representing students in the President’s Cabinet and other senior councils of the University. Units for which Greene has responsibility and oversight include the Department of Athletics and Physical Education, the Office of Student Life, Residential Life, the Third World Center, the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, University Dining Services, Health Services, Psychological Services and the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life.
A graduate of Hamilton College (B.A. history, 1985), Greene earned advanced degrees at Harvard University (a master’s in human development, 1991; a master’s and a doctorate in administration, planning and social policy, 1994 and 2002). He began his administrative career at Wells College in 1987 as assistant dean of students and became associate dean of admissions in 1989. He served as president’s assistant at Hartnell College from 1991 to 93. After earning his second master’s degree, he became assistant to President Ruth Simmons at Smith College in 1996 and continued to serve as Simmons’ chief administrative deputy when she became president of Brown in 2001.
As part of his doctoral work, Greene conducted research into the effect of the women’s movement and the rise of feminism on women’s colleges. The Women’s Movement and the Politics of Change at a Women's College, his book about Jill Ker Conway, the first female president of Smith College, was published this month by RoutledgeFalmer Press.
Greene’s appointment follows an eight-month national search chaired by Luiz F. Valente, professor of Portuguese and Brazilian studies. In addition to Valente, the selection committee included senior administrators Elizabeth Huidekoper, vice president for finance and administration, and Paul B. Armstrong, dean of the College; faculty members Ruth M. Colwill, psychology, Stephen M. Foley, English, and Jan A. Tullis, geology; graduate student Lei Wang; and undergraduates Langston Dugger ’04, Doraelia Ruiz ’06 and Justin Sanders ’04.