About Student Affairs
Executive Director of Student Housing and Residential Life
Don Yackley has over 24 years of experience in student housing, ranging from resident assistant (RA) to director. Don have been at the UH just over a year. Prior to joining UH in July 2011, Yackley spent five years as Director of Student Housing and Residential Life at California State University-Monterey Bay. He previously served as the Director of Residence Life at Portland State University, where he helped create a new Residence Life program. Like UH, Portland State University is an urban campus with many non-traditional students. In fact, Portland is one of the Urban 13 universities. (The Urban 13 is a research-sharing group of urban public universities in major metropolitan areas. Originally, there were 13 universities in the group, including the University of Houston, but now the number is around 21). Yackley’s experience also includes serving as the Director of Residence Life at the University of Idaho and an Area Coordinator at Central Washington University, where one of his responsibilities was to serve as a staff advisor to National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH).
His first residence life job was as a student when he was a Resident Assistant (RA) at Southern Oregon State University. There, he worked in the International Hall. After he earned his B.S. in Psychology from Southern Oregon State College, he accepted the job of Resident Director and Residence Hall Association (RHA) Advisor at Pacific University. It was during this time period that he decided to make residence life his career, so he went to Oregon State University to earn a M.Ed. in College Student Services Administration while working as a Residence Hall Director and RHA Advisor.