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Founded in 1933 as Monmouth Junior College, Monmouth University is an independent, comprehensive institution of higher education committed to excellence and integrity in teaching, scholarship and service. Through its offerings in liberal arts, science and professional programs, Monmouth University educates and prepares students to realize their potential as leaders, and to become engaged citizens in a diverse and increasingly interdependent world.


Vice President Mary Anne Nagy leads the Division of Student Life, comprised of 40 full-time and five part-time staff members across various departments, including the Department of Health Services, the Rebecca Stafford Student Center, the Office of Residential Life, the Office of Student Activities, and the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, among others.

For the Division of Student Life at Monmouth University, “Learning is more than classrooms.”

Speaking to the division’s commitment to diversity, Nagy comments, “Monmouth University’s Division of Student Life
works very hard to make sure our staff is diverse and reflects the diversity of our student body. It is critically important that we not just value, but live inclusion, and I believe we do every day.”

The Division of Student Life also embraces a philosophy of acceptance and inclusion. Dr. Jim Pillar, associate vice
president for student life, shares that Monmouth University strives to create a healthy campus community “where people value individual and group differences, respect the perspectives of others, and communicate openly. As a staff, both professional and para-professional, we are an inclusive team that appreciates the
individuality of others!”

Christopher McKittrick, a psychological counselor, observed that students and student life staff members at Monmouth
expect inclusion and acceptance.

Student life staff members come to Monmouth with various cultural and educational backgrounds that enable them to engage one another in conversations that facilitate increased understanding and appreciation of difference.

Megan Jones, assistant director for residential life and, judicial affairs, explains, “Those that work in our student life department exemplify the true meaning of a melting pot. We strive to hire open-minded and inclusive individuals who are committed to promoting diversity.”

Monmouth University’s expectation of acceptance and inclusion for all members of its diverse community is what
makes its Division of Student Life one of this year’s “30+ Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs.”

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