5801 S. Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
Karen Warren Coleman is Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services at the University of Chicago. She has the overall responsibility for the Office of Campus and Student Life, which has the mission of supporting and enriching the lives of students, faculty, and staff at the University and providing them with an extraordinary campus and community experience.
The Office of Campus and Student life comprises more than 340 staff members in several departments, including the Office of the Bursar, the University Community Service Center, Student Disability Services, Emergency and Crisis Resources, the Office of Event Services, the Office of Undergraduate Student Housing, UChicago Dining, the Office of International Affairs, International House, the Office of LGBTQ Student Life, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the Office of the Reynolds Club and Student Activities, Physical Education and Athletics, the Office of the Registrar, the Spiritual Life Office, and Student Health and Counseling Services.
Warren Coleman joined the University of Chicago in 2009 as Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Associate Dean of Students in the University. In that role, she formed partnerships throughout the university and oversaw division-wide strategic initiatives, including a plan to expand undergraduate student housing and the creation of a comprehensive on-campus dining initiative. She also supervised the student housing and dining system, the largest operational unit within the division. This included creating the new UChicago Dining department and facilitating the completion and start-up of the New South Campus Residence Hall and Commons.
Warren Coleman came to the University from the University of California, Berkeley, where she served in several roles during a 10-year period. In addition to supervising five departments within the Office of the Dean of Students, Warren Coleman’s key responsibilities included representing and advising senior administrators on matters related to student affairs and student services; developing university policies and protocols to address student conduct, discipline, and grievances; and partnering with other units on campus to address a wide range of student needs.
Prior to her work at Berkeley, Warren Coleman held student affairs positions at the George Washington University, the University of Vermont, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Warren Coleman earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology (cum laude) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her Master’s degree in education, higher education, and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont.
She also holds leadership roles in national student affairs professional organizations, including the American College Personnel Association and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.