Seton Hall University

Keynote Speaker

Shawna Cooper-Gibson, Ed.D., Vice President of Student Services

Shawna Cooper Gibson

Shawna Cooper-Gibson, Ed.D., a national leader in academic, co-curricular and multicultural student development, was appointed Vice President of Student Services in October 2019. She oversees a wide array of student support and academic programs including the Academic Resource Center, Career Center, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Freshman Studies, Health Services, Housing and Residence Life, and Public Safety and Security. 

Cooper-Gibson is also the co-chair of the University’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and recent recipient of the NASPA African American Knowledge Community Sankofa Award. 

She previously served as the Assistant Provost for Student Academic Services at Loyola University Chicago. As Assistant Provost at Loyola University Chicago, Cooper-Gibson oversaw academic support services including First and Second Year Advising, the Career Development Center, TRiO Student Support Services and academic assistance programs. She also served as Co-Chair of the Council for Student Success and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Education as well as assisting the university in reaching its retention and student success goals.

She previously served as the Dean of Students of the School of Social Services Administration at the University of Chicago, Director of African American Student Affairs at Northwestern University, Assistant Director of the Student Activities Office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Assistant Dean of the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago. 

Cooper-Gibson earned a doctoral degree of education from Boston University, master of education degree from National Louis University and bachelor of science degree from University of Illinois.