WSSU Names New Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Dr. Trae Cotton

Dr. Trae Cotton

February 16, 2011
Dr. Trae T. Cotton has been appointed Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) effective March 21, and will report to Chancellor Donald J. Reaves.

    “Trae will be responsible for providing the programs, services and opportunities necessary to support the academic and personal success of our students,” said Reaves.  “He will lead the University’s Division of Student Affairs and have responsibility for all aspects of student life including academic support systems, leadership development, community involvement, social activities, student housing, judicial affairs, the student health center and much more.  I am certainly pleased that we were able to recruit someone with his depth of experience to fill this vital role on our campus.”

    Cotton comes to WSSU from Radford University where he has served as associate vice president and dean of students since October 2007.  Prior to Radford, he was involved in the start-up of California State University Channel Islands beginning in 2002 and served in a variety of positions there including interim dean and associate dean of student life. His other experience includes serving as associate director for the Office of Student Enrollment at Walden University and he was involved in the start-up of Florida Gulf Coast University from 1997 until 2000.  

    Cotton earned his B.A. degree from the University of North Texas, his M.A. from Eastern New Mexico University and his Ph.D. in education from Walden University.  He is a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Association on Higher Education and Disability, the Association of Student Conduct Administrations, the American College Personnel Association and the National Association of Student Personnel.

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