Keith T. Kowalka - University of Houston
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Keith T. Kowalka

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs - Student Life

Keith has served as the assistant vice president for Student Affairs – Student Life since January 2012 and provides leadership, strategic vision, organization and innovation for the development and delivery of programs, services and facilities focusing on learning and student engagement while enriching the campus life experience. Keith provides administrative oversight to the following departments: A.D. Bruce Religion Center/Campus Ministries Association, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life, Center for Student Involvement, Center for Student Media, the LGBTQ Resource Center, Student Centers, Student Affairs and Enrollment IT Services and is the Advisor to the Student Government Association.

Keith chairs the UH Weeks of Welcome program, the UH Homecoming Steering Committee and works with major campus events. He also serves as the Student Affairs and Enrollment Services liaison to the following areas/programs: College of Education Higher Education Program for Graduate Assistant and Graduate Intern Placement; Graduate College, and the Office of Governmental and Community Relations, UH Day at the Capitol Program. He is currently the Chair for the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He has previously chaired or co-chaired the Greek Life Task Force Advisory Implementation Team, the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services Professional Development Committee, the Activities Funding Board Review Committee, the UH Child Care Task Force, served as the President of the Staff Council, and was honored to be a Cub Camp Namesake in 2018. Based on his campus-wide impact, superior outstanding performance, and UH tenure Keith has been a recipient of the University of Houston Staff Excellence Award Recipient, as well as the Charles F. McElhinney Distinguished Service Award Recipient, the highest award given for exemplary staff contributions to the university.

Prior to his role as assistant vice president for Student Affairs – Student Life, Keith served as Assistant Vice President for Student Development (2010-2011), Executive Director/Director for the University Center and Associated Facilities (2003-2010) and as Associate/Assistant Director for the University Center and Associated Facilities (1998-2003). Over his 22 years of student affairs work, Keith has previously worked at Eastern Michigan University, Lock Haven University and the University of Toledo. He is involved in Student Affairs professional associations and has held several leadership positions. He is a member of ACUI, and currently serves as the Chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Team, and previously has served as Conference Program Team Chair and Member, Regional Director, Education and Research Fund Program Team, the Role of the College Union Working Group, and the I- I-LEAD® (Institute for Leadership Education and Development) Program Chair and Facilitator. He is also an active member of TACUSPA – Texas Association of College & University Student Personnel Administrators, ACPA – College Student Educators International, and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Keith is a graduate of the Eastern Michigan University with a master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling with a specialization in College Student Personnel Administration. He also holds two bachelor's degrees from the University of Toledo: the first with a major in Communication and a minor in Marketing; and the second with a major in Political Science and a minor in Management.