Shawna Cooper Whitehead

Shawna Cooper Whitehead

Vice President for Student Affairs

Shawna Cooper Whitehead, joined Boston College as the Vice President for Student Affairs in August 2021. Prior to that, she served as Seton Hall’s Vice President of Student Services where she was a member of the Executive Cabinet and provided leadership and guidance to facilitate decision making in all matters related to student welfare. Shawna managed a wide array of student support and academic programs including the Academic Resource Center, Career Center, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Freshman Studies, Health Services, Housing and Residence Life, and Public Safety and Security. She was chair of the Council for Student Success and the co-chair of the University Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Health Intervention and Communication Team. 

Previous to that Shawna served as the Assistant Provost at Loyola University Chicago. She also served as the Dean of Students of the School of Social Services Administration at the University of Chicago, Director of African American Student Affairs at Northwestern University, Assistant Director of the Student Activities Office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Assistant Dean of the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago. 

Shawna earned a doctoral degree of education from Boston University, master of education degree from National Louis University and bachelor of science degree from the University of Illinois.



Drop in and say hello!

Shawna holds open office hours most Fridays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. 

Spring Semester Dates:

1/20, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs Staff 


Melinda Stoops

Melinda Stoops, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President
Student Health and Wellness

Colleen Dallavalle

Colleen Dallavalle, M.A.

Senior Advisor

Jonathan Hinrichs

Jonathan Hinrichs, M.B.A.

Director of Finance and Operations

Tom Mogan

Claire Ostrander

Associate Vice President
Student Engagement and Formation

Judy Ferres

Judy Z. Ferres, M.A.

Director of Administrative Services


Lisa Berasi

Lisa Berasi, M.A.

Sr. Assoc. Director, Marketing and Communications

Karen Fiorentino

Karen Fiorentino, M.A.

Executive Assistant to the Vice President