Ke$ho Steps Down

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On to greener pastures

Deantini and Dean Goldfarb just sent out an email stating that “After nearly 14 years at Columbia, Kevin Shollenberger has announced that he will be stepping down from his position as Dean of Student Affairs for Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science to become Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Johns Hopkins University.”

Student Affairs does not yet have a timeline on picking the new dean. Terry Martinez, Dean of Community Development and Multicultural Affairs, will serve as interim dean after May 31.

Read the rest of their message:

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community:

After nearly 14 years at Columbia, Kevin Shollenberger has announced that he will be stepping down from his position as Dean of Student Affairs for Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science to become Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Johns Hopkins University. This is a very exciting opportunity for Kevin, and while we are sad to see him go, we are extremely grateful for all he has done for students in the College and Engineering during his time here.

Under Kevin’s leadership, Student Affairs has enhanced the co-curricular experience for our students, developing a new advising model, expanding international student programs and services, and standardizing judicial processes and approaches to student crises. The division has also improved outreach and communication to parents and families, increased opportunities for student-alumni engagement and initiated a number of other new programs and services that support our vibrant undergraduate student community. Kevin previously served for nine years as Associate Dean of Student Affairs, where he played a key role in the establishment of the Offices of Multicultural Affairs, Judicial Affairs, and Civic Action and Engagement, and helped enhance the Offices of Residential Programs and Student Development and Activities.

Kevin has been a committed advocate for Columbia students, engaging them on matters of importance, communicating with students and their families at critical times, and facilitating conversations and intergroup dialogues. Kevin is a well-known presence on campus at student events and community celebrations, and has worked tirelessly to strengthen and enhance our undergraduate community.

In his new role at Johns Hopkins, Kevin will oversee all co-curricular services and experiences, including academic services, registration, career services, multicultural affairs, health and wellness counseling, residential life, discipline and academic ethics, housing and dining operations, athletics, student accounts, and student employment, for more than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Kevin’s last day at Columbia will be May 31. We have asked Terry Martinez, dean of community development and multicultural affairs, to serve as the Interim Dean of Student Affairs, and she has agreed. Terry has helped strengthen the co-curricular experience and foster community engagement since 2009 and we are looking forward to working with her in this enhanced role.

On behalf of everyone at the College and Engineering, we want to thank Kevin Shollenberger for his many contributions to Columbia and to wish him the very best in his new position.


James J. Valentini
Dean of Columbia College and
Vice President for Undergraduate Education

Donald Goldfarb
Interim Dean of The Fu Foundation of Engineering and Applied Science and
Alexander and Hermine Avanessians Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

A different type of Shollenberger via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. lazy college senior  

    about damn time.

  2. KevSho >>>>>>> Terry Martinez  

    Hope her reign as interim dean is short-lived...

  3. Ke$ho  


  4. Anon  

    I heard that he was asked to leave by columbia

  5. Anonymous  

    I'm sure he's already penned a strongly-worded letter blasting student groups at Johns Hopkins for their insensitivity to something or other.

    Goodbye, good luck, and good riddance to this pawn in Columbia's War on Fun.

  6. CC '16  

    He was basically the symbol of the bureaucratic administration for undergrads at Columbia. I'm not thrilled to see him go, (the devil you know, etc.) but I wonder if this is good or bad news for student groups on campus. I'm guessing good news for the band, bad news for ZBT.

  7. Specsucks  

    Number of deans taken down: 1

  8. Anonymous

    Sounds like he had a better job at Columbia.

  9. Victory  

    The Marching Band wins yet again!

  10. Fuck yeah  

    Shollenberger blows

  11. Anonymous  

    don't be so mean. i'm sure he tried his best.

  12. good riddance  

    this dude never really cared about students the way dean quigley did or dean lehecka did (please please please let the next dean be as good as them). dean quigley fought for student financial aid. dean lehecka made columbia co-ed, created first-year dorms, and established the IRC after working with students of color. dean shollenberger cared about none of that shit... he was a patronizing tool who looked down on students and only cared about maintaining his perch within the administration. NOT SAD TO SEE HIM GO.

    • bjw2119

      Love Lehecka, but it's worth noting that while he did support Columbia going co-ed, he originally wanted it to absorb Barnard. Really glad that didn't happen. Regardless, he was a great Dean of Students. Funny you laud Quigley, though, seeing it was Quigley who stabbed Lehecka in the back by approving then-SEAS Dean of Students Constantino Colombo's (a monster, by all accounts from the staff who worked under him and the students who dealt with him) proposal to merge CC and SEAS Student Affairs. Colombo got the combined title and Lehecka got the outs after helping to get Quigley re-hired.

  13. Just a thought

    If Terry Martinez who is already dean of multicultural affairs and dean of community developement is also going to be dean of student affairs, then I'd wager the jobs require fairly little effort and are not very necessary. You want tuition to go down, cut a few of these six figure / year deans.

  14. anon  

    Hi Santa,

    Look I don't ask for much, but please don't make Terry Martinez the permanent dean.


    • bjw2119

      Hiring Dean Martinez was possibly the only good thing KSholl ever did as Dean of Students. I mean, probably not the only good thing, but I can't think of another thing right now. I was in a focus group of students who spoke with the search consultant hired to fill the position. All the students (myself included) thought that it was just another ploy to install yet another layer of bureaucracy between KSholl and students. It turned out to be the best thing that happened to Lerner in my time at Columbia. Students got an administrator who would listen to them and fight for them, and KSholl got a buffer between himself and students, with whom he never seemed to really enjoy speaking about serious issues. The only people I know who don't like her are butthurt Greeks who now actually have to follow standards and who have been reminded that they don't have some "right" to occupy special housing.

  15. Confused Senior  

    The only interaction I ever had with KevSho were the emails he sent out whenever a student died. My feelings towards him are ambivalent and I can't really say I'm either happy or sad to see him go. I'm confused as to why everyone else seems to really dislike him, anyone care to elaborate? Am I missing something?

  16. Bai  

    enjoy baltimore for us

  17. Anonymous

    I am so glad he is leaving. He really makes me sick. Now, he can work his magic at Hopkins.

  18. Confused Senior  

    Well I found those posters offensive but regardless of that, all this hatred for KevSho stems from an email that may have been an overreaction and emails wishing us happy holidays that seem "fake as fuck"? I'm still confused!

  19. Anonymous

    I nominate Sir Mike for next Dean of Student Affairs. Dude's chill as fuck.

  20. Anonymous

    Dean Pena-mora loves students. He is the right person for this position.

  21. i nominate  


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