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PARTRICIA-WHITELYThe University of Miami (UM), affectionately known as “the U,” is a private research university with nearly 16,000 students from around the world. UM is a vibrant and diverse academic community committed to teaching and learning, the discovery of new knowledge, and service to the South Florida region and beyond.

UM’s Division of Student Affairs is guided by Vice President Patricia Whitely, who has served in this role since 1997. Dr. Whitely’s tenure at UM dates back to 1982, where she has served in a variety of administrative capacities and as an adjunct faculty member in UM’s Higher Education Administration program. As vice president of student
affairs, Whitely oversees 134 full-time and 4 part-time staff members situated in a number of functional areas, including the Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development, counseling, Greek life, and student activities and student organizations, to name a few.

When informed of their selection, Dr. Whitely expressed, “It is an honor to be recognized as a promising place to work in student affairs. UM’s Division of Student Affairs values our diverse staff , which includes professionals with varied experiences from public and private colleges and universities. It is comprised of
seasoned, as well as newer professionals, whose life experiences reflect the rich cultural diversity
of both our exceptional student body and the surrounding South Florida community.”

Whitely continued, “Diversity is regularly cited as a deciding factor for both students and student affairs professionals who choose to come to UM. Our student affairs professionals are respected campus partners who are
skilled and comfortable in encouraging our students to explore and communicate on topics which affect them as global citizens. … Through our shared efforts, our students gain valuable experiences that will serve them and
their communities for years to come.” It is through these efforts that UM is one of this year’s Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs at Research Institutions.

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