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Ke$ho Steps Down

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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  • lazy college senior says:

    @lazy college senior about damn time.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous don’t let the door hit you on the way out

  • KevSho >>>>>>> Terry Martinez says:

    @KevSho >>>>>>> Terry Martinez Hope her reign as interim dean is short-lived…

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Hope she goes back to being Dean of Community Affairs

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Hope she gets cholera.

  • Ke$ho says:


    1. Ke$ho says:

      @Ke$ho Excuse me, Johns Hopkins but tbh idgaf lol peace out

      xoxo, Kevin

  • YAY! says:

    @YAY! GTFO!

  • Anon says:

    @Anon I heard that he was asked to leave by columbia

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous That doesn’t make sense. It sounds like he got a promotion to Vice Provost

      1. There's this concept in management says:

        @There's this concept in management “failing upward”

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous @Anon:
      That doesn’t make sense. It sounds like he got a promotion to Vice Provost

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous It makes a lot of sense if you have any experience whatsoever working with the Columbia admin.

        That he was basically circling PrezBo’s toilet for the last year is a fact.

  • Anonymous says:

    @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.

  • CC '16 says:

    @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.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous we should be so lucky

  • Anon says:

    @Anon Good riddance

  • Specsucks says:

    @Specsucks Number of deans taken down: 1

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Sounds like he had a better job at Columbia.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous @Anonymous:

      (I posted the link from JH above.) Vice Provost of a university is definitely higher than an undergraduate dean of students.

  • bjw2119 says:

    @bjw2119 He was only supposed to last 2 years anyways. The turnover in the CC and SEAS deanships just extended it.

  • Victory says:

    @Victory The Marching Band wins yet again!

  • Fuck yeah says:

    @Fuck yeah Shollenberger blows

    1. CC '13 says:

      @CC '13 Sorry, wrong URL. that was my reaction to him leaving. Here’s how he really is

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous don’t be so mean. i’m sure he tried his best.

    1. Yeah right says:

      @Yeah right You aren’t fooling anyone, Kevin.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous not kevin, but i am capable of empathy.

        1. anon says:

          @anon sounds like something a kevin would say…..

    2. Sophomoric Sophomore says:

      @Sophomoric Sophomore I wonder when he made this decision to leave. Maybe he was showing his true colours during incidents like ZBT, Brownstones, and Orgo Night because he knew he wouldn’t be around to see the repercussions.

  • good riddance says:

    @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.

    1. bjw2119 says:

      @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.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous @bjw2119:

        bjw2119? Is this Barry Weinberg?


      2. BARRY ROCKS says:

        @BARRY ROCKS love it.

  • Just a thought says:

    @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.

    1. Sensible Person says:

      @Sensible Person THANK YOU!

    2. god save the poorly paid adjuncts says:

      @god save the poorly paid adjuncts motherfucking good thinking right there

  • anon says:

    @anon Hi Santa,

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


    1. bjw2119 says:

      @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.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous It gets my goat that the only time we hear from our Dean of Community Development is when a student dies, though.

      2. here here says:

        @here here Well said! Martinez is the glue keeping that whole building together. Everyone else who is complaining doesn’t actually know what’s going on.

      3. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous what wisdom

  • Confused Senior says:

    @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?

    1. Sophmoric Sophomore says:

      @Sophmoric Sophomore I’m guessing you didn’t open the email where he openly bashed CUMB and their Orgo Night posters?

      Or like when he wishes us a nice break, but those are fake as fuck.

      1. Like... says:

        @Like... Get over yourself… those posters were dumb and insensitive and the university had every right to react negatively. they didnt make them take posters down but yeah id say CUMB deserved a mouthful for those

        1. lol says:

          @lol mouthful of cum

  • Bai says:

    @Bai enjoy baltimore for us

  • Anonymous says:

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

  • Confused Senior says:

    @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!

    1. Yo I need clarification says:

      @Yo I need clarification WHAT’S WITH ALL THE HATE?

  • Anonymous says:

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

  • Anonymous says:

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

  • i nominate says:

    @i nominate ahmedinejad

    1. Seaz says:

      @Seaz Who is dat??

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