Student Life

Portrait photo of Dr. Connie Tingson Gatuz

Published February 18, 2022

The Division of Student Life at the University of Michigan is committed to facilitating student learning and the development of the whole student. To this end, Student Life is pleased to announce that Dr. Connie Tingson Gatuz has accepted the Associate Vice President for Student Development, Learning, and Social Change Education position. Her appointment was approved by the Board of Regents on February 17, 2022.

Vice President for Student Life Dr. Martino Harmon shared this exciting news in a special announcement to Student Life staff following the official approval by the Board of Regents. 

The reimagined portfolio of units that will report to this AVP position includes the University Career Center, Ginsberg Center, International Center, Office of Student Conflict ResolutionProgram on Intergroup Relations, Spectrum Center, Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, and Trotter Multicultural Center

Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Dr. Tingson Gatuz served as Vice President for Student Affairs & Mission Integration and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Madonna University for over a decade, where she was the first person of color and the only woman to serve on the Executive Council at that time. 

At Madonna, she also co-developed the Higher Education Administration Master’s program that prepares graduate students for future administrative careers in colleges and universities. Driven by her passion for developing community leaders, she trained reviewers for the largest worldwide scholarship, developed curriculum, and guided trainers of a national college student leadership program. With a career in higher education that spans over three decades, she has been nationally, regionally, and locally recognized by community-based organizations and professional associations for her excellence in education and community service. 

Dr. Tingson Gatuz has also been commended as an outstanding mentor and pioneer community educator, such as through her mentorship of aspiring executive women leaders at national forums. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in college and university administration, and a doctorate in higher education administration, all from Michigan State University. 

Dr. Tingson Gatuz’s first day as Associate Vice President for Student Development, Learning, and Social Change Education at the University of Michigan will be March 14, 2022. 

Also see the article about Dr. Tingson Gatuz's appointment in The Record.