PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Margaret Klawunn, associate vice president for campus life and dean for student life at Brown University, has been named vice president for campus life and student services. She replaces Russell Carey, who has been serving in that role on an interim basis and will become Brown's senior vice president for Corporation affairs and governance. Klawunn's appointment begins July 1, 2008.
"Margaret Klawunn's knowledge, interests and skills are an exceptionally strong fit for this position," said Ruth J. Simmons, president of the University. "Having taught, served as an academic dean, and led student services, she will offer important insights as a leader of the Division of Campus Life and a member of the senior administration."
The vice president for campus life and student services is the senior advocate for students and their co-curricular needs, representing students in the President's Cabinet and other senior councils of the University. Units for which Klawunn will have responsibility and oversight include the Department of Athletics and Physical Education, the Office of Student Life, Residential Life, the Third World Center, the Sarah Doyle Women's Center, University Dining Services, Health Services, Psychological Services and the Office of Chaplains and Religious Life.
During the last several years, the Division of Campus Life has developed and implemented a strategic agenda as part of the University's Plan for Academic Enrichment. Klawunn will be charged with building on the progress made throughout the division to strengthen the campus community and to ensure that it supports the academic life of students.
"I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve Brown in this new capacity," said Klawunn. "I look forward to working with students, staff and faculty to make the University an even more inviting campus on which to live, study, teach, and work."
As associate vice president for campus life, Margaret Klawunn has overseen the Offices of Student Life, Student Activities, Residential Life, Psychological Services, and Health Services for the past four years. She has served on numerous committees, including co-chairing the Committee on the Residential Experience, which examined the objectives for undergraduate education outside of the classroom.
A graduate of Colby College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English, Klawunn went on to Rutgers University, where she earned both a master's degree and a doctoral degree in English literature. At Brown, she served as associate dean of the college from 2000 to 2004, and director of the Sarah Doyle Women's Center from 1996 to 2000. At Brown, Klawunn has been an adjunct faculty member in the Departments of English and Gender Studies, where her courses have covered feminist literary theory, popular American literature for young women, and the literature of women's diary and letter-writing.
Prior to her Brown appointments, Klawunn was director of special projects in the Office of the Vice President for Student Life at Rutgers, where she also taught and lectured in women's studies and Africana studies as well in the Department of English.
A national search for the position was conducted by a search committee composed of Brown faculty, students and administrators and chaired by Ann Dill, associate professor of sociology and gender studies.