Student Life Staff

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Associate Vice President for Student Life

Dr. Anitra Yusinski-McShea

Anitra McShea, Ph.D., was appointed Associate Vice President for Student Life in September 2018. In this role, Dr. McShea is responsible for the overall management of several departments in the Division of Student Life, which includes: The Center for Career Development, Center for Health Education and Wellness, Center for Student Engagement, Counseling Center, Cross Cultural Centers, Dean of Students, Residence Life, Student Conduct and Assessment, Student Government, and Student Health Services. Dr. McShea also serves as the co-liaison to the Board of Trustees’ Student Life Committee and holds memberships on the President’s Cabinet, Incident Management Team, and Admissions, Residence Life & Financial Aid Committee among others.

Dr. McShea joined the University community in 2002 as the Director of Student Activities and Orientation. In 2004, Dr. McShea was named the Dean of Students and served in this role for 10 years.

Dr. McShea earned her doctoral degree in Human Development with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from Marywood University, her Master of Arts degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Elizabethtown College. Contact Dr. McShea at:

Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students

Ms. Lauren Rivera, J.D., M.Ed.

Lauren Rivera, J.D., M.Ed. serves the University as the Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students. Prior to transitioning into her current position, Dean Rivera served the University as the Director of Student Conduct & Assessment for six years.

Dean Rivera works with Dr. McShea, Associate Vice President for Student Life, in the overall daily management of the Division and serves the University as the chief student advocate. As part of her responsibilities, Dean Rivera supervises departmental directors and program leaders for the following areas: Residence Life, Off-Campus & Commuter Student Life, Center for Student Engagement, and the Cross Cultural Centers (Jane Kopas Women's Center & Multicultural Center). In doing so, she supports staff in the development and implementation of intentional, transformational learning opportunities. She also serves as the moderator for Student Government.

Dean Rivera earned her Juris Doctor and Master of Education degree in College Student Affairs at The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to pursuing her joint degree in law and education, Dean Rivera completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Religion at Bucknell University. Contact Dean Rivera at:

Director of Student Conduct & Assessment

Dr. Jeffrey Kegolis

Jeffrey Kegolis, Ph.D., began serving as Director of Student Conduct & Assessment in July 2015.  In this role, Dr. Kegolis is responsible for administering the University’s student conduct process and coordinating assessment efforts for the Division of Student Life. In addition, the Director takes the lead role in fostering collaboration between the Center for Health Education & Wellness, the Counseling Center, Student Health Services, and other entities that promote and ensure student well-being.

Dr. Kegolis earned his doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University, where he previously served as an Assistant Dean in both the Office of Campus Activities supporting the Fraternity & Sorority Life program and the Office of the Dean of Students supporting the student conduct program, the Center for Leadership, and Off-Campus Student Services. Additionally, Dr. Kegolis has supported the experience of new professionals in the field of Student Affairs through his service on the Placement Exchange (TPE) Planning Committees, the NASPA’s Investing in Our Future Webinar Series, and in conference presentations focused on navigating transition & culture, balancing leadership & management, and making assessment part of one’s routine.

Dr. Kegolis earned his Master of Science in Counselor Education from Marywood University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from King’s College. Contact Dr. Kegolis at:

Assistant Director of Student Conduct

Mr. David Schweitzer, Jr.

David Schweitzer, Jr. serves the Office of Student Conduct as a Conduct Officer as well as an Investigator for more complex incidents of misconduct. Among other responsibilities, he is involved with training of the University Review Board. Prior to joining the Office of Student Conduct in 2014, Mr. Schweitzer served the University as an Area Coordinator in the Office of Residence Life. Mr. Schweitzer completed his Master of Science in Organizational Management at Misericordia University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Labor Studies and Employment Relations from The Pennsylvania State University. Contact Mr. Schweitzer at:

Administrative Assistant for Student Conduct

Ms. Janet Schieber

Janet Schieber serves as Administrative Assistant for the Office of Student Conduct. She is responsible for performing administrative duties and assisting the Director of Student Conduct & Assessment with the student conduct process and assessment work.

Janet has been at the University of Scranton since November of 2014 and most recently joined the Office of Student Conduct in March 2017.

Janet is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from The University of Scranton and is hoping to enter the Combined Baccalaureate/Master’s Degree Program in the near future.  Contact Mrs. Schieber at:

Office/Operations Manager

Amy Driscoll McNulty

Amy Driscoll McNulty serves as the Office/Operations Manager in the DeNaples Center suite. In that role, she oversees operations and maintenance of the office, as well as the training and supervision of the office's work study students. In addition, Amy supports the workload of the Associate Vice President for Student Life. Amy earned her Master of Business Administration in Marketing from The University of Scranton and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. Contact Ms. Driscoll McNulty at:

Assistant to the Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students

Ms. Pauline Palko

Pauline Palko serves as the office assistant to the Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students. She is responsible for assisting with all aspects of the workload for the AVP/ Dean of Students. In addition, Pauline is responsible for managing the calendar of the AVP/Dean of Students.

Pauline holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The University of Scranton. Contact Ms. Palko at: