Dr. William Schafer

Bill Shafer
Dr. William Schafer
Interim Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs

Student Affairs

Contact Information:
Phone: 814-362-7651
Location: 221 Frame-Westerberg Commons

Degrees and Credentials

Ph.D. Higher Education Administration and Curriculum, University of Colorado Boulder, 1986
M.A. Guidance and Counseling, University of Colorado Boulder, 1977
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder, 1975

Short Bio

Dr. Schafer is a nationally known and respected senior-level student affairs administrator with over 35 years of experience in higher education. He has a passion for student success, for improving the student experience, and for creating multicultural campus environments that embrace and celebrate diversity. His philosophy includes a commitment to ensuring that all students receive a comprehensive and high-quality experience. He believes that one of the significant opportunities’ student affairs has is the creation of a partnership with academic affairs to provide a highly integrated educational experience for all students. 

He has served several national organizations, including the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) as co-chair of the Chief Student Affairs Officers and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) as a senior fellow.

Most recently, Dr. Schafer served as the interim dean of student success at Central Washington University. During his career, he has served as vice president for student life at West Virginia University, vice president for student affairs at Georgia Institute of Technology, associate vice president and dean of students at the University of Texas at El Paso, dean of student life at the University of Denver, dean of students at Illinois Institute of Technology, and director of the Office of Student Conduct at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Dr. Schafer chaired the University System of Georgia’s Regents Committee on Learning Disorders, providing recommendations for students with learning disorders attending the system’s 31 institutions across the state. He also chaired a successful effort to create a new doctoral program in Student Affairs Leadership at the University of Georgia.

Schafer is married and has twin daughters. One daughter teaches high school special needs students and the other is a junior majoring in communications studies at WVU. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys running, hiking, and golf.

Research, Accomplishments, and Publications

Contributing author “Leading Assessment for Student Success: Ten Tenets That Change Culture and Practice in Student Affairs.”

Dissertation Topic: The Influence of Differential Financial Aid Awards on the Enrollment of Financially Disadvantaged Students.

Selected to Participate in Leadership Atlanta and Leadership El Paso

Received “Most Outstanding Staff Award” from Georgia Tech Student Government