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Thursday, March 8, 2007

Dr. Tom Corti to lead Student Development at UNCP

Dr. Tom Corti has been named to the newly -created position of assistant vice chancellor for the Office of Student Development at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Tom CortiA 26-year veteran of higher education administration, Dr. Corti will direct five key divisions for the Office for Student Affairs: Student Activities, the Center for Leadership and Service, Multicultural and Minority Affairs, Greek Life and Intramural/Recreational Services. Student governance also falls under this umbrella.

Dr. Corti reports to Dr. Diane Jones, vice chancellor for Student Affairs.

“We are excited to have someone with Dr. Corti’s extensive background, experience and training,” Dr. Jones said. “He will be able to come in and make some immediate and significant contributions to the departments he will be supervising.

“Dr. Corti has a clear understanding of the mission and vision we hold for the Division of Student Affairs and shares our philosophy for student learning and success,” she added.

A Portland, Ore., native, Dr. Corti comes to UNCP from Newman University in Wichita, Kan., where he served as vice president for Student Affairs. Before that, he was vice president for student affairs at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas.

“It was eight degrees when I left Wichita and 60 degrees when I got off the plane in North Carolina,” Dr. Corti said. “Ie not in Kansas any more.”

Dr. Corti’s new office in the James B. Chavis University Center looks out on the construction site for an addition to the University Center.

“I see wonderful opportunities for growth here,” he said. “The University is presenting a lot of choices for students from where they can live to how they can engage with other students, faculty and staff.”

Dr. Corti sees the mission of the Office of Student Development as setting the table for students to engage with communities inside and outside the University.

“Our role is to work with students in their life’s journey and help them reach for their dreams,” he said. “What we do is facilitate leadership and service.”

“We are looking for ways to captivate the curiosity of our students to participate and find their passion,” Dr. Corti said. “I hope to be part of that process.”

The newly renamed Office for Student Development is expanding its staff and recently added an Office for Greek Life.

“We’re currently filling several support positions in Greek Life and Intramurals and the position of Assistant Director for Student Activities,” Dr. Corti said. “It’s a busy time.”

During his career, Dr. Corti has worked in several areas of student affairs, including housing, activities, academic support, honors programs and facilities management.

An Army veteran in Military Intelligence, he graduated from the University of Portland with a Bachelor of Arts, from Saint Louis University with a Master’s and doctoral degrees.

Dr. Corti also completed the Executive Development Program at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. He has had articles published on diverse topics on student affairs, including globalization, multicultural awareness, community service, litigation, diversity and gender, residence hall governance and leadership.

Dr. Corti is a member of numerous professional associations, including the American College Union-International, the American College Personnel Association, American College and University Housing-International, the National Intramural-Recreation Sports Association and Rotary International.

For more information about the Office for Student Development at UNCP, please call 910.521.6207.

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