Message to the University Community

Realigning units to best support student success

Students walk past the Wilbur Cross Building on Oct. 5, 2018. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

(Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

To the University Community,


Today, I am writing to share some exciting news that marks an important milestone in the evolution of our University that will significantly enhance our ability to support our students as effectively as possible. As we continue our pursuit of academic excellence and innovation, it is important that we adapt to the evolving landscape of higher education and student needs. We want UConn to be a place where all our students reach their full potential and thrive. With this in mind, I am pleased to announce a transformative structural change that will position us for a stronger, more dynamic future.

To help us best serve our students and ensure a seamless integration of services across academic and non-academic areas, below you will see some units within the Division of Student Affairs have been realigned and paired with the Office of the Provost and some with the Division of Enrollment Planning & Management under the new name “Division of Student Life and Enrollment.”

Units moving to the Office of the Provost:

  • Dean of Students
  • Student Activities
  • Care & Concern
  • Center for Students with Disabilities

Units moving to the Division of Student Life and Enrollment:

  • Community Standards
  • Dining Services
  • One Card Office
  • Residential Life
  • Student Affairs Information Technology
  • Student Health & Wellness
  • Student Union
  • Recreation Center

This strategic restructuring will facilitate improved collaboration and communication between academic and non-academic units, promote a more holistic approach to student success, and create more opportunities for intentional and meaningful engagement with our students. I understand that change can be challenging, bringing about everything from excitement to uncertainty. Please know that this decision was made after careful consideration and comprehensive analysis and reflects our deep commitment to the welfare of our students and the university community.

Over the coming weeks, Provost Anne D’Alleva, Vice President Nathan Fuerst, and my Chief of Staff, Michelle Williams, will work closely with the units listed above to ensure a smooth transition. We will be providing ongoing communication and support to students, faculty, and staff to address any questions or concerns that may arise during this period of transition.

I want to express my sincere gratitude for the dedication, passion, and continued commitment of our entire community to our students’ success. Your hard work and support are what helps to make our university community thrive, and I am confident that this reorganization will strengthen our ability to serve students effectively. It is because of your collective commitment that we can embrace change with confidence and optimism.

Leading with joy and love for all,

Radenka Maric