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About the Vice Provost

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Susie Brubaker-Cole, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, oversees many student experiences that take place outside the classroom. Find out more about Susie, along with initiatives that are important to our division.

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, BEAM Career Education, the Graduate Life Office and numerous student service and student cultural, diversity and community centers.  She is also a member of the University Cabinet.

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.

Contact Details

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Connect with the Vice Provost

Stanford students are invited to attend open office hours via Zoom with Vice Provost for Student Affairs Susie Brubaker-Cole.

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Vice Provost Office Staff

Our central office staff is composed of a diverse group of individuals who are committed to Our Most Important Work and, by doing so, help make Stanford's communities the best they can be. Here, you can find contact information for our team.  

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Our Most Important Work

Under Susie’s leadership, Student Affairs began the process of building upon Greg's successful “Future of Student Affairs” groundwork to develop priorities for the next three to five years. Called “Our Most Important Work,” this effort was designed to be highly interactive and action-based. 

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Now, more than ever, is a time we need to bring community to our campus.  ResX is a new, comprehensive vision for the undergraduate residential experience at Stanford to do just that. In fall 2021, we will implement key features of ResX. Everyone is invited to get involved. 

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