Vice President for Student Life
Steve joined Valparaiso University in 2013 and currently serves as the Vice President for Student Life. In this role, and in his 27th year in higher education, Steve provides leadership, vision, and oversight for all areas in the Student Life Division. His expertise in student life includes service, volunteerism, civic engagement, and leadership development programs and practices. He has been involved in national associations like NACA, as a regional leader in ACUI, and as a longtime board member now serving on the advisory board of the IMPACT National Conference on Service, Action, and Advocacy. Steve has led and participated in more than 25 student service and mission trips, and a service trip is a highlight of his academic year.
Carolyn Whittier, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Student Life
Carrie Whittier joined Valparaiso University in 2012 and currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Life. In this role, Carrie provides leadership and oversight for Fraternity and Sorority Life, Leadership and Volunteer Programs, Student Philanthropy, Career Center, Dining Services, the Bookstore, Student Involvement and New Student Programs, and the Union. Carrie is also a partner in many cross-campus initiatives such as Valpo Leadership Education Across Departments, Valparaiso University Dance Marathon, TEDxValparaisoUniversity, Valparaiso University Spring Service Trip program, and many others. Carrie also serves as the co-advisor for the Student Senate.
Dean of Students
Ryan Blevins joined Valparaiso University in 2008 and currently serves as the Dean of Students. In this role, Ryan provides leadership and oversight for Counseling Services, the Office of Residential Life, the Health Center, Campus Judicial and Conduct processes, and serves as one of the crisis response managers for the University, representing Student Life. Ryan also serves as the co-advisor for the Student Senate.
Director of Residential Life
Katie Bye joined Valparaiso University in 2016 and currently serves as the Director of Residential Life. In this role, Katie provides leadership and oversight for the Office of Residential Life, supervision of the Residential Life professional staff, and direction on policies, programs, and initiatives which support and enhance the learning objectives and strategic goals of the University, Division of Student Life, and the Office of Residential Life. Katie graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a B.S. in Tourism and a M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration. In her free time, Katie enjoys living near Lake Michigan, traveling, and spending time with her daughter and husband.
Director of Student Involvement & New Student Programs
Ryan Bye joined Valparaiso University in 2013 and currently serves as the Director, Student Involvement & New Student Programs. In this role, Ryan provides leadership and oversight for student activities, fraternity and sorority life, and new student programs.
Director of the Center for Career & Professional Development
Tom Cath joined Valparaiso University in 2009 and currently serves as the Director of the Center for Career & Professional Development where he oversees the delivery of a broad range of services, resources and programs to assist all students with their career and professional development. This includes, but is not limited to, advising and coaching students and creating partnerships across campus and with external constituencies such as employers, alumni, parents, and other key stakeholders.
Stewart Cooper, Ph.D.
Director of Counseling Services
Stewart Cooper joined Valparaiso University in 1987 and currently serves as the Director of Counseling Services. In this role, Stewart oversees the Counseling Center, a sexual assault prevention program (SAAFE), and an alcohol and drug misuse prevention program (OADE). Also a full professor within the psychology department, Stewart’s professional development has followed the scientist/practitioner model of integrating teaching, research, and scholarship with clinical practice. He is very active at the national level with the American Psychological Association.
Kelley Eshenaur, DNP APRN CNS FNP-C
Director of the Student Health Center/Nurse Practitioner
Kelley Eshenaur joined Valparaiso University in 2013 and currently serves as the Director of the Health Center. In this role, Kelley is responsible for general oversight, direction, and supervision of all clinical and administrative functions of the Health Center. In addition to overseeing the Health Center as the director, she provides medical care as a family nurse practitioner. She provides prevention and wellness education, support, and medical counseling to facilitate informed choices, support positive behaviors, and encourage life-long healthy lifestyles.
Director of the Union and Student Life Operations
Chris joins our team July 2021 as the Director of the Union and Student Life Operations. Chris is a native of Nevada, attending high school in Las Vegas and earning his bachelor’s degree at the University of Nevada, Reno. Upon becoming a student employee at his campus’s student union, Chris discovered his passion for higher education, student affairs, and college unions; beginning his path to becoming a higher education professional. He has since obtained a master’s degree in organizational leadership and worked as a student affairs professional at California State University, Northridge, Sierra Nevada University, and Xavier University. Chris is a lover of all things sports, enjoys the outdoors, and is an avid disc golfer. Chris and his wife have a young son and two dogs, all ready to explore Northwest Indiana and become part of the Valparaiso University community.