Karen Warren Coleman

Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services

Edward H. Levi Hall, Suite 210
5801 S. Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: 773.702.7770

Karen Warren Coleman is Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services at the University of Chicago. She has the overall responsibility for Campus and Student Life, whose mission is to support and enrich the lives of students, faculty, and staff at the University and provide them with an extraordinary campus and community experience. In particular, the Office of Campus and Student Life is dedicated to ensuring that students are prepared for academic, personal, and professional success through engagement in a rigorous, diverse, fun, and creative community of learning.

Campus and Student Life comprises more than 350 staff members in 20 program and service areas, including the Bursar and Student Loan Administration, Bias Response Team, the Center for Identity + Inclusion, the Center for Leadership and Involvement, College Housing and Residential Services, Dean-on-Call and Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call, Event Services, the Office of International Affairs, The International House,  Physical Education and Athletics, Registrar, Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, Spiritual Life, Student Disability Services,  Student Disciplinary Affairs, Student Emergency Response Systems, Student Health and Counseling Services, Title IX for Students, UChicago Dining, and the University Community Service Center.

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 Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons. As Vice President she is currently leading the development of Campus North Residential Commons and the replacement of the university’s Academic Information System.

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.

She was recently recognized by ACPA-College Student Educators International, with the Diamond Honoree Award, for her outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and to student affairs. She also served the profession as the 2013 ACPA Convention Chair.

Warren Coleman earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology (cum laude) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, her Master’s degree in education from the University of Vermont, and her doctorate, also in education, from the University of Pennsylvania.

She has held leadership roles in national student affairs professional organizations, including the American College Personnel Association and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

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