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Acting Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

Susan M. Davis is serving as Acting Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer at the University of Virginia from Sept. 1, 2016, until Jan. 18, 2017, while Vice President Patricia M. Lampkin is away for a brief sabbatical.

Ms. Davis joined the University in 1999, serving first as associate general counsel and special assistant attorney general in the Office of the General Counsel. In 2004, she moved to Student Affairs and subsequently was promoted to Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.

In her work supporting the student experience at the University, Ms. Davis has primarily been involved with developing policies to ensure compliance with federal and state law as well as institutional objectives. She has counseled and advised deans on crisis intervention, helped to define UVA’s relationship with student organizations, and continues to advise the University Judiciary Committee. Additionally, she oversees the daily operations of the Department of Student Health, and she serves on the University’s Critical Incident Management and Threat Assessment teams.

Since 2005, she has served as a legislative advisor for Student Affairs, advising University officials regarding the impact of proposed bills and testifying before House and Senate subcommittees of the General Assembly. From 2009 to 2011, she served as chair of the Legal Issues Task Force for the Virginia College Mental Health Study for the Virginia General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Health Care. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the National Association of College and University Attorneys. She is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Virginia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  

Prior to entering the field of higher education, Ms. Davis was employed with Hunton & Williams in Richmond and Litten & Sipe in Harrisonburg, Va. She holds her juris doctor degree from Temple University School of Law. As an undergraduate, she studied at Dartmouth College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish. She and her husband, Mark, have two daughters.

Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

Patricia M. Lampkin was named Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer at the University of Virginia in October 2002. She oversees the following areas that provide support and services to undergraduate students: Office of African-American Affairs; Office of the Dean of Students, including Newcomb Centers and Services, Orientation and New Student Programs, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Housing & Residence Life; Department of Student Health, which includes Counseling and Psychological Services; and the University Career Center. Prior to being named vice president, Ms. Lampkin served as interim vice president for 15 months, and prior to that, associate vice president for student affairs for six years.

In her work supporting the student experience at UVA, Ms. Lampkin has overseen leadership programming for students, including most recently, the Meriwether Lewis Institute for Citizen Leadership. Launched in 2015 as part of the University’s Cornerstone Plan, the institute provides academic, experiential, and applied learning opportunities for student-fellows beginning in their second year and continuing through their fourth year. Another initiative under the Cornerstone Plan has involved the complete reorganization and expansion of the University Career Center to support students in their post-graduation professional development. Earlier in her career, Ms. Lampkin devoted her full-time energies over the course of an academic year to the University's long-range planning initiative, Virginia 2020. Her study and research resulted in a report on the UVA Student Experience.

A native of Decatur, Illinois, Ms. Lampkin began her career with the University in 1979. In 1987, she was promoted to associate dean of students responsible for residence life. She also served as the University's compliance officer for the Americans with Disabilities Act from 1991 to 2000. In 2012, she was recognized with the Thomas Jefferson Award for excellence in service, the highest honor the University community bestows upon its faculty. She is the recipient of several other awards from the University community, including the Gordon F. Rainey, Jr. Award for Vigilance to the Student Experience in 2008; the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in 2005; the Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award in 1998; the Raven Award in 1995; the IMP Distinguished Faculty Award in 1994; the Ernest H. Ern Award, presented by Student Council in 1988; and the Dean's Dissertation Research Award in 1984.

Ms. Lampkin is an adjunct professor in the Curry School of Education's Center for the Study of Higher Education. She has taught a graduate course on the organization and administration of student affairs programs as well as an undergraduate seminar on honor and ethics, an area of special interest stemming from her involvement with the University's student-run honor system. She is the co-author of Mountains and Passes: Traversing the Landscape of Ethics and Student Affairs Administration. In 2000, the University of Vermont presented her with the Salva Dignitate ("With Dignity Uncompromised") Award, which honors alumni who are exceptional educators and leaders in times of change.

Ms. Lampkin earned her doctorate of education from the University of Virginia in 1986; her dissertation was entitled "A Study of Procedures for the Dismissal of Students Exhibiting Psychological Problems at Public Colleges and Universities." She holds a master's degree in student personnel services in higher education from the University of Vermont. As an undergraduate, she studied at Marian University where she earned a bachelor's degree in special education. She is married and has two children.