April 25, 2001

CONTACT: Pam Young




YPSILANTI - James F. Vick has been named vice president for student affairs at Eastern Michigan University, effective July 1.

Vick, 53, has been interim vice president since July 2000 when he replaced Laurence Smith, former vice president of university marketing and student affairs, who retired.

"Jim Vick has a distinguished record of student affairs leadership at Eastern Michigan, having served successfully in multiple positions in nearly every aspect of the division since 1973," said Dr. Samuel A. Kirkpatrick, president of EMU. "He's widely respected, both on and off campus and has played a significant role in promoting a holistic approach to student life and development; enhancing student leadership programs; extending EMU into the broader community; planning strategically and fostering diversity."

"Eastern Michigan has been a significant part of my life for the past 28 years. I am thrilled to be able to serve the university and especially the students," said Vick. "I'm also excited about the opportunity to work with Dr. Kirkpatrick as he guides the university through the challenges of the next decade."

Vick earned a master's degree in educational administration from Eastern Michigan; a provisional teaching certificate from John Carroll University; and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Dayton.

As interim vice president, he completed the divisional strategic plan; launched EMU's first new housing project in 30 years and implemented the student leadership development program. He also spearheaded the development a new student conduct code and a parental notification policy; implemented the Eastern Michigan Ambassadors Programs; and expanded the Career Services satellite centers to the College of Education, among other programs.

From 1992-2000, Vick served as assistant vice president for university marketing and student affairs at EMU. During that time, he developed corporate partnerships with businesses including Gordon Food Service and Coca-Cola; created the Freshman Center; and implemented an agreement with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital to provide physician services at Snow Health Center.

Prior to that position, Vick was executive director of housing, dining, the student union and conferences at EMU from 1990-1992; and was director of career services at the university from 1984-1990. Throughout his years at EMU, he also served as director of purchasing and telecommunications; manager of service operations; business manager for public safety; manager of university stores; manager of university apartments; assistant director of residence halls; and resident director at Pittman Hall.

Before joining Eastern Michigan in 1973, Vick taught high school English in Cleveland from 1969-1973 and had been a resident director and assistant hall director at the University of Dayton for two years.

A Cleveland native, he and his wife, Helen, live in Ypsilanti and have three children.