Student Life Staff

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

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

Lauren S. Rivera, J.D., M.Ed. serves the University as the Interim Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students.

As Interim Vice President, she is responsible for the overall management of the division which includes Athletics, University Police, the Center for Career Development, the Center for Health Education and Wellness, the Center for Student Engagement, the Counseling Center, the Cross Cultural Centers, Residence Life, Recreational and Club Sports, Student Conduct and Assessment, Student Health Services, Student Government, Dining Services and the University Bookstore. 

As Dean of Students, she is the lead advocate for students at the University. She and members of the Dean of Students staff often support students as they navigate challenges while at the University. Dean Rivera works closely with the Vice President for Student Life and is responsible for oversight of the Dean of Students Office, Center for Health Education & Wellness, Center for Student Engagement, Cross Cultural Centers (Jane Kopas Women’s Center & Multicultural Center), and Office of Residence Life. She also serves as the moderator for Student Government and is a Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the University.

Dean Rivera earned her Juris Doctor degree 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 graduated from Bucknell University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Religion.

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Dr. Jeffrey Kegolis

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.


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Ms. Pauline Palko

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 also hires, schedules and supervises student workers in the Student Life Suite (DeNaples 201).


Pauline holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The University of Scranton.


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