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.
Karen Levin Coburn
Senior Consultant in Residence
Karen Levin Coburn is one of the country’s leading experts on the college experience, she is the co-author of three books: including Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years with more than a half million copies in print. A sixth edition, revised and updated, was published in June, 2016, and a Chinese edition was published in Beijing.
Karen is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Skidmore College. She earned graduate degrees from Harvard University and Washington University. A licensed Psychologist and Professional Counselor originally from the New York metropolitan area, Coburn has been an educator for more than thirty years in Boston and St. Louis. She has written numerous professional articles, has written and directed educational training films and CDs, and has produced educational materials for teachers and counselors.
During her long career at Washington University, Coburn has been a faculty member, counselor, four year advisor, and administrator committed to supporting and enhancing the experience of undergraduates. She has held a broad range of leadership positions, including Director of the Career Center, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Students and Associate Dean for the Freshman Transition, and most recently Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Support and Wellness. Karen serves as the Student Affairs Senior Consultant in Residence.
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 for Student Transition and Engagement & Dean of Students
Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Transition and Engagement & Dean of Students
Business Manager for Student Affairs & Shared Business Services Manager
Christie supports the Vice Chancellor through coordination of the budgets and other financial analysis for the Division of Student Affairs. She oversees financial and payroll-related functions for the Division and supervises the staff of the Shared Business Services Hub, a function of Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance. 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.
Chief of Staff & Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives
James serves as the Chief of Staff to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and as Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives at Washington University in St. Louis. In this role, he supports the Vice Chancellor and the Division of Students Affairs by being a resource for students, parents, campus faculty and staff. James also leads the development and implementation of the Division of Student Affairs strategic plan. Along with managing the divisional strategic plan, James also develops and leads other divisional strategic initiatives on behalf of the Vice Chancellor. James serves as the divisional lead in collaborating with The Graduate School and the Professional Schools at Washington University in supporting graduate and professional students.
A St. Louis area native, James earned his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Southwest Baptist University and his Masters in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas. James has almost 25 years as a student affairs professional working in the areas of residential life, leadership development, first year experience, graduate admissions and graduate student support services across the country.
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.