Saddlemire Named Student Affairs VP
John Saddlemire has been appointed vice president for student affairs, effective April 16. He has served in that post on an interim basis since July 2003.
"During the period of his interim appointment, John worked tirelessly to keep the division of student affairs on the right track," said Provost John D. Petersen, who announced the appointment. "He is well respected by the management team and by the students, and he offers the right mix of collaborator and leader in order to get the job done."
Saddlemire says his first task now will be to "assess our present service delivery to students, faculty, and staff, and explore ways we can improve that. A high level of competence in the fundamentals will create a greater sense of confidence in our abilities to have a positive impact on the learning environment," he says.
He adds that he intends to develop a collaborative approach to the planning process.
Saddlemire joined the University in 2001 as dean of students. In that position he has strengthened the focus on leadership development, and advising student organizations.
He also has worked to better inform students about the institution's expectations in relation to the student code of conduct, and has been involved in developing a partnership with the Neag School of Education in managing the master's program in higher education administration.
He will continue as interim dean of students while a national search is underway for a replacement.
Before coming to UConn, Saddlemire was vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio. He also worked previously at Penn State University.
Saddlemire holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Bowling Green State University, a master's in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University, and a doctorate in higher education administration from Penn State University.