Rob Wild, PhD
Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Rob is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. In this role, he oversees the Office of Residential Life, Campus Life, the First Year Center, and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. Rob serves on numerous university-wide committees, and initiatives, including the Community of Concern Team, the International Travel Oversight Committee, and the Student Entrepreneurial Program. Rob has significant previous experience in Residential Life at both Washington University and the University of Wisconsin, and prior to his current role, he served as the Assistant to Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton.
Rob holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and African & African American Studies from Washington University, a Master of Science Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
John M. Schael Director of Athletics
Anthony J. Azama was announced as the John M. Schael Director of Athletics on March 28, 2017. Anthony came to Washington University after spending the past two years as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Operations at Columbia University in New York City. He was responsible for the strategic direction, oversight, coordination, leadership, and active participation in the revenue generation and external functions while at Columbia. As the Schael Director of Athletics, Anthony oversees the Washington University Athletics program including both NCAA Division III varsity teams, sport clubs and the new Sumers Recreation Center.
A 1998 cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University, Azama was a three-year letter winner on the Commodore football team and received his bachelor’s degree in human and organizational development. In 2015, he received his master’s degree in business administration from Miami.
He was also selected to the 1998 All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) Scholar-Athlete Academic Team, the SEC Good Works team, and was on the Vanderbilt Dean’s List three times from 1995-97. Following graduation, Azama was inducted into the Mid-Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc., a scholar-athlete award for his academic achievement, school and community leadership and football performance.
He spent nine years working at Miami University (Ohio) prior to his two-year stint at Columbia, serving as the Director of Marketing and Sales from 2006-11 before being promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing, Sales & Licensing.
Azama also has experience working with Florida Citrus Sports (FCSports), a sports marketing and management organization responsible for staging more than 100 events including the Capital One Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl and the Gridiron Classic College All-Star Game. Azama joined Florida Citrus Sports in June 1998 as the Associate Director of the Gridiron Classic College All-Star Game.
Kirk Dougher, PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Support and Wellness
Kirk Dougher obtained his BS in psychology from Utah State University and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada. While most of his training and clinical work focuses on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, his dissertation centered on psychotherapy skills acquisition. He has been employed as the Associate Vice Chancellor in Student Affairs for Student Support and Wellness since July of 2019. Prior to WashU, he served at the Florida Atlantic University and Brigham Young University. Previous positions included similar roles as Assistant Vice President, Counseling Center Director, Training Director, and a tenured faculty appointment in the counseling psychology graduate program.
Associate Vice Chancellor & Dean for Scholar Programs
Robyn S. Hadley serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of the Office of Scholar Programs overseeing the Danforth and Rodriguez Programs and directing the Ervin Scholars Program. Her area of focus within Student Affairs is “Student Success” where she oversees Cornerstone: The Learning Center which includes the Academic Mentoring Program, Disability Resources, and the TRIO Program. She leads a roundtable of senior administrators tasked with creating and aligning Student Success initiatives across the academic divisions and student affairs. During her time at WashU Robyn has worked closely with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Student Financial Services, in particular, as part of a team focused on addressing socioeconomic diversity initiatives.
Prior to her appointment at Washington University, Robyn spent ten years as the Founding Director of the “What’s After High School?” Program, a K-12 college access program, in the Alamance-Burlington School System (ABSS) in North Carolina. At ABSS, Robyn served as the school system’s: federal GEAR UP grant administrator, AVID Director and administrator for the U.S. Department of Education FAFSA Completion Pilot Project. She is an author, entrepreneur and has been recognized by The White House as a “Champion of Change” for her work assisting students in getting to and through college.
Robyn is an alumna of UNC-Chapel Hill where she was a John Motley Morehead Scholar, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy Analysis and played Varsity Basketball. She pursued graduate studies in Political Science at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
Mark Kamimura-Jiménez, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Mark Kamimura-Jiménez (He/Him/His) is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Washington University in St. Louis where he is a student-centered strategic leader focused on developing an inclusive experience that embraces the intersectionality of student identities on campus. Dr. Kamimura-Jiménez most recently served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at Texas Christian University, where he led the practice and research on identity, diversity and inclusion initiatives for strengthening the connection culture of undergraduate and graduate students as an integrated part of their college experience.
During his time at the University of Michigan he served as the Assistant Dean for Programs, Policy and Diversity Initiatives, Director of Graduate Student Success in the Rackham Graduate School, the Vice Chair of the University Diversity Council, and Co-Founder of the Professional Latina/o/x at the University of Michigan Alliance (PLUMA). Dr. Kamimura-Jiménez has held leadership positions Cal State Fullerton, UCLA, UCI and Columbia University and been awarded nearly $17M in federal and private partnership grants as a principal investigator to strengthen the P-20 educational pipeline.
Dr. Kamimura-Jiménez has held academic appointments in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies and Women and Gender Studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Texas Christian University, in the Education Policy and Leadership at the Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University, and in Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development at the University of Louisville. Dr. Kamimura-Jiménez is a contributor to multiple books on the topics of diversity, mentorship, leadership, access within the educational pipeline, and co-editor and author of the Latina/o Pathway to the PhD: Abriendo Caminos. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Irvine; M.A. from Columbia University; and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Interim Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students
Kawanna Leggett currently serves as the interim associate vice chancellor and dean of students at Washington University in St. Louis. Before taking on the interim dean of students role, she held the position of executive director of residential life at WashU from March 2017 to June 2020. Prior to her tenure at WashU, Leggett served as the director of residential education at the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked in university housing and student affairs at several institutions including New York University, the College of New Jersey, Clemson University and the University of Arkansas.
In a volunteer capacity, Kawanna has a wide range of association work. In January 2019, Kawanna began a three year term to the executive board of the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I). As the association’s workforce development director, her focus is on the development of opportunities for housing professionals to gain necessary skills and programs that support and retain staff.
Kawanna has presented on a variety of topics including the first-year experience, crisis management, supervision, professional development, performance appraisals, and the new professional experience. She is passionate about mentorship, social justice issues and fostering safe and inclusive living and learning environments. Kawanna earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Clemson University and graduate degree in higher education from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at the University of Missouri- St. Louis.
Manager of Financial Operations
Christie supports the Division of Student Affairs through coordination of the budgets and other financial analysis. She oversees financial and human resources functions for the Division. Additionally, she collaborates with IT and Facilities on projects around the division. A native of the metropolitan St. Louis area, Christie graduated from University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Mark Smith, JD
Associate Vice Chancellor & Dean for Career Services
Mark was named Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Career Services at Washington University in St. Louis in 2005. Mark is a native St. Louisan and a first-generation college student. Before joining the Career Center, Mark spent fourteen years as Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Washington University School of Law. He currently teaches a seminar for first-year students, Law and Society, and does academic and pre-law advising. He also teaches in the Executive MBA program. Mark has supervised a variety of other offices on campus and has chaired or served on a number of university committees and initiatives. Before coming to the university, Mark practiced law at the international firm, Bryan Cave. He has served as the president of the St. Louis Police Board, ran for United States Congress, and currently helps supervise the St. Louis Firefighters’ Pension Board.
Mark graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1982. He received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 1986.