Shawna Cooper-Gibson

Placed Leader

Shawna Cooper-Gibson

Vice President for Student Affairs
Boston College

July 15, 2021

Koya partnered with Boston College on the search for aVice President for Student Affairs. Our work resulted in the placement of Shawna Cooper-Gibson.

An accomplished student affairs leader with a reputation for building successful student engagement and community development initiatives and collaborative relationships with students, faculty, and parents, Cooper-Gibson brings to Boston College extensive experience leading student outreach efforts at institutions ranging from Northwestern University and the University of Chicago to Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Loyola University Chicago.

Cooper-Gibson most recently served as Vice President of Student Services at Seton Hall, where she oversaw all aspects of student affairs, housing and residential life, counselling and health services, student life and community development, and the Academic Resource Center and Career Center at a Catholic university with 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. She led a division of 140 full-time professionals and 350 student staff committed to student engagement and success, and developed services to promote personal growth, servant leadership, and student satisfaction among Seton Hall’s students.

Before that, Cooper-Gibson served as Assistant Provost for Student Academic Services at Loyola University Chicago, Dean of Students for the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, Director of African American Student Affairs at Northwestern University, and Assistant Director of Student Activities at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

She is an active member of the National Academic Advising Association, NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and the American College Personnel Association at the National Center for Higher Education.

Cooper-Gibson received a doctorate in education and human development from Boston University, and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies: curriculum and instruction at National Louis University in Wheeling, IL. She earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from the University of Illinois.


Read the announcement: Boston College names Seton Hall’s Shawna Cooper-Gibson as Vice President for Student Affairs.