Anna Gonzalez PhD
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Dr. Anna Gonzalez (she/her) is a nationally recognized student affairs leader with almost 30 years experience in higher education. As the VCSA, Dr. G.’s primary focus will be on support and leadership of the university’s renowned Division of Student Affairs, engagement with students to recognize and understand their needs to enhance their experiences, development of effective means to support and assess the co-curricular learning of students, and providing a sense of community and fostering student learning and personal development. Areas that she oversees include Athletics & Recreation, Residential Life, Wellness, Diversity & Inclusion, Orientation, Student Activities, and the Career Center.
She previously held senior leadership positions at the University of California, Irvine, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Harvey Mudd College, Lewis & Clark College, and Semester at Sea. She was the founding faculty member and program director for the master’s program in student affairs administration in the Graduate School of Counseling and Education at Lewis & Clark College and later a faculty member and director of the master’s program in Student Affairs & Educational Justice at Claremont Graduate University. She has been honored nationally for her leadership with the Pillar of the Profession and the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Dean from NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, an organization for which she currently serves on the national board of directors.
As an academic, Dr.G.’s research interests are focused on first-generation students, immigrant students, equity and diversity, higher education policy and governance, student affairs administration, and higher education finance. Her scholarly publications include the book “Transformational Encounters: Shaping Diverse College and University Leaders,” published in 2018.
A first-generation college student who immigrated to the United States at the age of 10, Gonzalez is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a bachelor’s degree in international business. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees, both in education, from Claremont Graduate University. In her spare time, “Dr. G.” enjoys traveling, getting to know the local food scene, gardening and spending lots of time with her two dogs, Rafa and Yoshi.
Rob Wild, PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor, Dean of Students and Chief of Staff
Rob is the associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs, dean of students and chief of staff. In this role, he oversees the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards , Campus Life and the Office of Scholar Programs. He works closely with the vice chancellor for students and the leadership team on several key priorities including our development efforts, facilities, strategic planning, communications, and crisis management. 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 and Associate Vice Chancellor
Anthony J. Azama was announced as the John M. Schael Director of Athletics on March 28, 2017. He also has the role of associate vice chancellor. 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 Well-being
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 associate vice chancellor for student support and well-being, which includes the Habif Health and Wellness Center and Disability Resources, 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.
Mark Kamimura-Jiménez, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Mark Kamimura-Jiménez (He/Him/His) is the associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion. He oversees the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Office for Religious, Spiritual and Ethical Life, the office for International Students and Scholars and the TRIO Program. 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.
Associate Vice Chancellor
Kawanna Leggett currently serves as the associate vice chancellor at Washington University in St. Louis where she is responsible for the Office of Residential Life and the First Year Center. Before taking on this 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.
Director 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.
Director of strategic initiatives
Chelsea Petersen (she/her) is the director of strategic initiatives for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
As a member of the vice chancellor’s executive team, she provides strategic oversight of the division’s marketing and communication efforts and serves as the key point person for strategic initiatives. Petersen directs the digital media, videography, and creative campaign strategies for Student Affairs.
In her role, Petersen works closely with University Marketing & Communications and Advancement to ensure cohesive branding and unified messaging. She is the primary contact within the division for university licensing, ensuring a consistent adherence to brand standards.
Petersen most recently served as the senior associate director of athletics for external operations at WashU where she was a member of the executive leadership team. She had responsibility for brand management, revenue generation, and the fan experience. In three and a half years, Petersen built the athletic and recreation communications and marketing programs into national powerhouses, transforming Game Day by increasing attendance by over 50% across fan-friendly sports. She started several key traditions, including a campus tailgate for Parent and Family Weekend. Petersen led special projects and worked closely with Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Director of Athletics, Anthony J. Azama, on capital planning, branding, and financial management. She was instrumental in negotiating the first apparel contract in the history of WashU athletics.
Petersen’s storytelling across multiple platforms – institutional branding, digital and creative mediums – has been nationally recognized by the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA). Petersen and her teams have won five “Best of” Awards in 2020 and 2021 – the only DIII institution to be recognized during these years, respectively. Sumers Recreation received a NIRSA 2022 Creative Excellence Award for finishing first in the COVID Communication Plan category, led by Petersen.
Prior to her time at Washington University, Petersen spent over ten years in intercollegiate athletics coaching and administration. She served as the head women’s basketball coach at Central College from 2013-2017. During this span, she led the Dutch to their first double-digit win season in over a decade. Petersen’s teams set several academic and athletic records, including finishing with the highest team GPA at Central. At the time of her appointment, Petersen was one of the youngest Division III head coaches in America.
Petersen is active in several national organizations, including NASPA, NACDA, NACMA, and Women Leaders in College Sports, is regularly featured as a keynote speaker or moderator for marketing and branding, and serves on multiple national committees.
She holds an MBA from Anderson University with a concentration in marketing and was a four-year basketball standout at Upper Iowa University where she received an undergraduate degree in business and communications.
Updated spring 2022.