Patricia Telles-Irvin, currently vice president for Student Affairs at the University of Florida, has been named the new vice president for Student Affairs at Northwestern, effective this summer.

She will succeed William Banis, who is retiring.

Telles-Irvin is the president-elect of NASPA, the national association of student affairs administrators in higher education. She’s been in the Florida job since 2004 and, NU Provost Daniel Linzer says, increased student engagement while enhancing the sense of student community and academic class identity. She also is leading the University’s efforts to address the problem of binge drinking.

“Telles-Irvin’s professional interests include issues of acculturation and diversity, as well as women’s concerns and student development,” Linzer added.

She received her bachelor’s degree in education at Duke University and a doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston University. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Florida.

Linzer said Banis has made outstanding contributions to Northwestern and leadership of the Division of Student Affairs. “First in his role as director of Career Services and then as vice president for Student Affairs, Bill has been a valuable, important member of the University’s leadership.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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