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Melissa Shivers, PhD

Melissa Shivers, PhD Vice President for Student Life

3034 Ohio Union, 1739 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43210
614-247-5353
shivers.46@osu.edu

Dr. Melissa Shivers oversees the operations of the Office of Student Life and its constituent departments.  She represents Student Life in the university's senior administration and provides leadership on issues affecting students. She has broad leadership responsibility for numerous university operations affecting students outside the classroom, including residence halls, food service, the Ohio Union and student activities, student leadership development, mental health counseling, career direction, recreational sports, health care and wellness programs, disability services, the Multicultural Center, off-campus student services, the student judicial process, student advocacy and crisis intervention.

Dr. Shivers came to Ohio State from a similar position at the University of Iowa.  Prior to that, she spent seven years at the University of Tennessee, where she held various roles, including associate vice chancellor for student life and dean of students. She also held positions at the University of Georgia, Clemson University and Georgia Southern University.

She is a first-generation college graduate with a BS from Georgia Southern University in Communication Arts, a master's degree in Education, Counseling and Guidance Services from Clemson and a Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling and Student Personnel Services from the University of Georgia.

She loves to travel and is a college football fan. She's passionate about removing barriers to student and staff success, serving her community and contributing to the world in ways that help to ensure the health, safety and security of others. 

 

 

Tracy Stuck

Tracy Stuck Assistant Vice President for Student Life

3034E Ohio Union, 1739 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43210
614-292-2135
stuck.9@osu.edu

Tracy, in her role as Assistant Vice President, serves on the executive leadership team for the Office of Student Life. Her focus is on sponsorship development, engagement throughout the city and state and creative idea generation for special events and projects. Tracy received her BA in education at Westminster College and her MA in counseling and educational psychology at Slippery Rock University. She has been at Ohio State since 1994 and overseen various departments throughout student life and projects such as building the new Ohio Union, Greek life task force and the Student Activity fee.

Xen Riggs

Xen Riggs Associate Vice President for Student Life

Suite 1030, 555 Borror Drive, Columbus, OH 43210
614-292-3231
riggs.44@osu.edu

Xen oversees The Jerome Schottenstein Center, the Fawcett Center, the Blackwell, and the Drake Conference and Event Center. He also has responsibility for various special projects, including management of large campus events and negotiation of some contracts and licensing agreements. Xen received bachelor's degrees in business management and speech and drama from Anderson University. He has worked at Ohio State since 1997. Before coming to Ohio State, Xen worked for a management company that handled musical artists, as well as at Anderson University, Illinois State, Kellogg Arena and University of Illinois.

Andrea Gintert

Andrea Gintert Senior Director, Human Resources

620 Lincoln Tower, 1800 Cannon Drive, Columbus, OH 43210
614-688-7523
gintert.2@osu.edu

Andrea leads the Student Life human resources team and provides strategic leadership and direction for all Student Life human resources functions, including hiring, talent management, performance management, compensation, employee and labor relations and organization development. She works closely with both the units in Student Life and the university's Office of Human Resources.

She joined Student Life in December 2011 after having served in similar capacities at Ohio State's offices of Facilities Operation and Development and Administration and Planning. Her experience also includes positions with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, MCI WorldCom, Ameritech and Capital University.

Andrea holds a BA in English and a Master of Public Administration from Ohio State. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources Management and a certified facilitator of several motivational and career development programs.

 

Rob Jech

Rob Jech Director, Buckeye Leadership Fellows Program; Interim Director, Student Life Development

2049 Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43210
614-578-7849
jech.2@osu.edu

Rob is responsible for the operation and development of the Buckeye Leadership Fellows Program, a privately funded leadership development program specifically designed for upperclassmen. Rob joined Ohio State in 2004 in Student Life Recreational Sports and assisted with opening the Recreation and Physical Activity Center in August, 2005. He began his work in leadership development in 2012, as the Assistant Director - Staff Training and Development, creating and executing leadership and learning initiatives within Rec Sports. Rob holds a BA in Sports Business from the University of Mount Union and received his MA from Ohio State.