Student Affairs VP Picked


Larry Moneta, associate vice president for campus services at the University of Pennsylvania, is Duke’s new vice president for student affairs. His selection follows a national search involving a hundred candidates. Moneta succeeds Janet Smith Dickerson, who assumed a similar position at Princeton University last July. James Clack, director of the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services, has been interim vice president since Dickerson’s departure.

The vice president for student affairs is the senior administrative officer with responsibility for a broad range of student-life programs and activities at Duke. Moneta’s background and experience in managing residential life led to a decision to move responsibility for housing on campus under the vice president for student affairs.
“Executive Vice President Tallman Trask, Provost Peter Lange, and I agree that Larry’s extensive experience in managing administrative areas, including student residential life and support services, make this an opportune time to consolidate these programs to improve service to our students and ensure that the significant investments we are about to make in strengthening ties between the academic and residential experiences are successful,” says President Nannerl O. Keohane. The long-range plan calls for Duke to invest some $100 million in residential, social, and programmatic enhancements over the next five years.
As Penn’s associate vice president for campus services since 1997, Moneta was responsible for administrative support for the
university’s 24,000 graduate and undergraduate students, as well as 10,000 faculty and staff, including housing services, campus dining, conference and guest services, campus center operations, campus card service, and university hotel operations. He coordinated Penn’s ten-year, $300-million residence hall capital renewal plan and was a leader in developing a comprehensive residential college system, as well as restoring Penn’s historic student union. In addition, Moneta managed the student affairs budget at Penn.
Moneta has been the University of Pennsylvania’s representative to the Ivy League and as its academic eligibility officer for all varsity athletes. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he has been an adjunct assistant professor in the university’s graduate school of education, where he annually taught a course, “The Administration of Student Life,” and served on numerous dissertation committees.
At Penn, he served for five years as associate vice provost for university life, and was responsible for supporting the academic mission of the university through the integration of students’ academic, residential, and extracurricular experiences. As associate vice provost, he supervised offices responsible for fraternity and sorority affairs, counseling and psychological services, student health, the judicial inquiry office, drug and alcohol education, and the university’s gay, lesbian, and bisexual community.
Before 1992, Moneta was associate director of housing services at the University of Massachusetts, where he helped develop centers for Latino, African-American, Native-American, and Asian students. He earned his bachelor of science at the University of Massachusetts, his master’s in education at Springfield College, and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts.

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