Organizational Structure

In the Catholic tradition, we create an inclusive, educational environment which motivates and supports student learning and personal development, serves the University community, and inspires students to make a positive contribution to society. The Division of Student Affairs is comprised of many multi-faceted areas within the University. Student Affairs collaboratively works with Academic Affairs and all other areas of the University to create an integrated learning environment.

The Student Affairs division houses four major functional areas of the University of San Diego, the Dean of Students area, the Student Life area, the Wellness area, and Auxiliary Services.

Vice President of Student Affairs Office

Vice President Vazquez brings leadership, vision and experience in student development, human resource management, strategic planning, fiscal control, facilities planning, and management and auxiliary services to her position at USD.

The Student Affairs Division is comprised of the following areas: Student Life, Dean of Students, Wellness, Strategic Initiatives and Programs, Auxiliary Services, and Resource Management.

Auxiliary Services

The Assistant Vice President for Auxiliary Services is Andre Mallie. Mr. Mallie joined USD in 2007. Auxiliary Services supports the University’s academic mission by providing high quality services to students, the USD community and guests, in a sustainable and fiscally responsible manner.

Auxiliary Services is comprised of Dining Services, Hospitality Services, Conference Services, USD Torero Store, Campus Card Services, USD Copy, USD Mail Center, Residential Facilities and University Centers (Hahn University Center and the Student Life Pavilion).

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students’ area is led by Donald Godwin, Ed.D., Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students. Dr. Godwin joined the Student Affairs team in January of 2007.

Currently, the DOS Area is comprised of Residence Administration, Office of Ethical Development and Restorative Practices, and Student Media Advising.

Strategic Initiatives and Programs

Margaret Leary is the Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Programs. Ms. Leary joined in January of 2009.

The Strategic Initiatives and Programs team includes Center for Student Success, Olé Weekend, Residential Education, Learning Communities, and the Student Affairs/SOLES Collaborative.

Student Life

The Assistant Vice President for Student Life, Cynthia M. Avery, Ed.D., leads the Student Life area. Dr. Avery joined USD in August of 2008.

The Student Life area is responsible for Student Organizations and Involvement, Associated Student Government, Community and Leadership Development, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Graduate Student Life, United Front Multicultural Commons, Women's Commons, Black Student Resource Commons, and Military and Veterans Students. The Student Life Team works to ensure connections for student learning inside and outside of the classroom. Furthermore, this team ensures students have opportunities for engagement in healthy, productive activities that support their holistic development.


The Assistant Vice President for Wellness position is currently vacant.

The Wellness area is comprised of the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion, Counseling Center, Disability and Learning Difference Resource Center, Women's Center, Campus Recreation including Outdoor Adventures, and the Student Health Center. Together, the Wellness units strive to provide culturally congruent and effective services aimed at supporting the mission of the university by preventing and/or ameliorating medical, psychological and lifestyle barriers to learning, and by providing individualized assistance to students in need. In addition to the coordination of all wellness services to students, the Wellness area also coordinates the Student Health Insurance program and the Crisis and Emergency Response efforts for Student Affairs.

Resource Management

Resource Management oversees educational and general budgets, supports auxiliary services and the Human Resource aspects of the division.

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