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Stanford Commencement, 2023. Credit: Nikolas Liepins / Ethography

Susie Brubaker-Cole

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Susie Brubaker-Cole became Stanford University’s Vice Provost for Student Affairs on October 1, 2017. As vice provost, she oversees a Student Affairs division that manages the residential life and many student experiences that take place outside the classroom. Its units include the University Registrar, the Dean of Students, student health services, Residential Education, CareerEd, the Graduate Life Office and numerous student service and student cultural, diversity and community centers.  She is also a member of the University Cabinet.


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Prior to becoming Stanford’s vice provost, Brubaker-Cole led Oregon State University’s Student Affairs division for three years, an office similar in scope to that at Stanford.  She previously served six years as OSU’s associate provost for academic success and engagement. As associate provost, she worked in close partnership with the Division of Student Affairs, academic units and the Faculty Senate to guide the vision, development and implementation of university-wide student success and engagement initiatives.

From 1999 to 2008, she served for eight years as Stanford’s associate vice provost for undergraduate education, leading academic advising, undergraduate research, honors programs, academically themed living-learning programs, and graduate fellowships and scholarships advising. She also was a live-in Stanford resident fellow within Student Affairs, directing residential programming and student staff development for a frosh and sophomore residence.

Brubaker-Cole holds a master’s degree and doctorate in French literature from Yale University, with a focus on 19th- and 20th-century literature and Francophone literature of sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. She earned her bachelor’s degree in French and comparative history of ideas as a transfer student at the University of Washington.

Susie with students at Roble frosh opening 2017.

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Frosh Opening, 2023. Credit: Sydney Osifeso