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Ohio administrator appointed new director of residential life

by Karen A. Grava - January 22, 2008

A veteran housing director from Ohio State University has been named executive director of residential life at UConn.

Steve Kremer, former assistant vice president for student affairs and director of university housing at The Ohio State University in Columbus, joined UConn on Jan. 18. He was selected after a national search.

At UConn, Kremer will oversee a student housing program with 11,700 beds. 

The University houses about 70 percent of the undergraduate student body and has one of the largest student housing programs in the United States. 

“Steve is particularly well suited for the UConn position because he has more than 20 years of successful leadership, management, and program development at Ohio State,” says John Saddlemire, vice president for student affairs.

“He has demonstrated his ability to connect diverse groups to achieve common goals.”

At Ohio State, Kremer was responsible for directing all services related to undergraduate, graduate, and family student housing for 11,000 residents on four campuses.

During his tenure, he led the design and development of more than $80 million in construction, including six housing renovation projects and a new 500-bed, four-building residence hall complex.

Steve Kremer, director of residential life
Steve Kremer, director of residential life
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Kremer also created 30 residential learning communities that have been a hallmark of campus social and intellectual life at Ohio State.

UConn has several living learning communities, and hopes to expand the number next fall.

“The tradition of UConn as a residential campus is a rich one and there already exists a strong sense of mission with noble goals,” Kremer said.

“I am hoping to bring a fresh set of eyes, and am especially happy about the interest UConn has in further developing learning communities in residence halls.  This is an exciting opportunity to leverage an existing process of student learning through collaboration between academic and student affairs.”

Kremer received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and holds a master’s in theology from St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana. 

He is a member of the American College Personnel Association, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the Association of College and University Housing Officers, and the Society for College and University Planning.

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