UMSL selects Jessica Long-Pease to lead student affairs as vice provost

by | May 24, 2023

Long-Pease, who holds an EdD in higher education leadership, has nearly 20 years of progressive leadership experience in student affairs.
Jessica Long-Pease

Jessica Long-Pease will serve as the vice provost for student affairs. (Photo by August Jennewein)

Following a nationwide search, the University of Missouri–St. Louis has selected Jessica Long-Pease as its next vice provost for student affairs. The appointment is effective June 1.

Long-Pease brings nearly 20 years of progressive leadership experience in student affairs, most recently serving as UMSL’s interim vice provost for student affairs. In the permanent role, she will serve as the senior student affairs officer at UMSL, administering a comprehensive portfolio of programs, services and strategic initiatives that promote the learning, academic achievement, personal development and campus life experiences of all students.

“Jessica brings to the position extensive knowledge in student support services, student engagement, auxiliary services and co-curricular partnerships with academic affairs,” UMSL Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Steven J. Berberich said. “I am confident she will help us create a Division of Student Affairs that is collaborative and supports the success of all UMSL students.”

Long-Pease, who holds an EdD in Higher Education Leadership from Maryville University, first joined the University of Missouri System as a student services advisor at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri, before becoming a student services coordinator at the University of Missouri–Kansas City.  She joined the UMSL Office of Student Involvement in 2007 and has since served in progressive roles as student activities coordinator, assistant director of programming and director. These experiences led her to be named senior director for student affairs at UMSL in 2020, associate vice provost for campus life in 2022 and, most recently, interim vice provost.

“I am excited to continue my work at the University of Missouri–St. Louis,” Long-Pease said. “My goal is to foster strong relationships across the university to ensure synergies between the academic and co-curricular functions of the institution so that our students can thrive and have a high-quality and engaging experience during their time at UMSL.”

In her role, Long-Pease will oversee Health, Counseling, and Disability Access Services; Student Conduct and Academic Integrity; Student Advocacy and Care; the UMSL Veterans Center; the Millennium Student Center; Student Involvement; Event Services; the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center; Campus Recreation; Residential Life and Housing; Campus Dining Services; and manage auxiliary services and partnerships.

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