Student Development
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  • Michele C. Murray, Ph.D

    Michele C. Murray, Ph.D

    Vice President
    As Vice President for Student Development, Dr. Michele Murray provides leadership for engaging students in a co-curriculum that enhance their intellectual, spiritual, and emotional development. Known as The Redhawk Experience, this transformational approach guides students to connect with peers and mentors, challenge themselves, create a  meaningful, holistic experience, and commit to lifelong learning. Joined by dynamic professionals, Dr. Murray and her Student Development team support this integrated experience through programming and outreach based on four pillars of best practice.

    1.    Cultivating lifelong purpose through leadership and professional formation
    2.    Diverse and global engagement
    3.    Connection, community, and pride
    4.    Holistic development and wellness

    Dr. Murray joined Seattle University in July 2006 as Assistant Vice President for Student Development and has also served as Associate Vice President. Prior to her appointment at SU, Dr. Murray developed an affinity for Jesuit higher education at Loyola College in Maryland where she served as the Director of Leadership & New Student Programs and Assistant Director of Student Activities. She received her Ph.D. in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland, her master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Rhetoric & Communication Studies, from the University of Virginia.

    Dr. Murray’s research interests include meaning-making, student self-responsibility in achieving academic success, the effects of student involvement on self-concept, and the impact of diversity on students’ personal and intellectual growth and development. She is the co-author of two books: Helping College Students Find Purpose: The Campus Guide to Meaning-Making and Teaching College Students Communication Strategies for Effective Social Justice Advocacy as well as several book chapters and articles on related topics.
    Alvin Sturdivant, Ed.D.

    Alvin Sturdivant, Ed.D.

    Associate Vice President
    Dr. Alvin Sturdivant is the Associate Vice President for Student Development at Seattle University.In this role he serves as a member of the senior leadership team and provides visionary and administrative leadership for a number of key departments towards fostering student success and an integrated learning experience.Prior to joining Seattle University, Dr. Sturdivant was the Director of Housing and Residence Life at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO. Prior to joining the Division of Student Development at Saint Louis University, he served as the Associate Director of Residential Life at the University of Vermont where he was also an adjunct faculty member in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration program and an instructor at the Community College of Vermont .Dr. Sturdivant received his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from the University of Vermont and his Masters of Education and Bachelors of Art in Psychology at North Carolina State University .His scholarly and professional interests include examining the effects of oppression and discriminatory practices in college communities, exploring the experiences of students of color in higher education, examining campus climate in the context of bias related acts and behaviors, and exploring the experiences of African American men in higher education.
    Darrell L. Goodwin, M.Ed.

    Darrell L. Goodwin, M.Ed.

    Dean of Students
    Darrell Goodwin serves as the Dean of Students in the Division of Student Development, where he coordinates the university student judicial system. Previously, he served as the Associate Director for Multicultural Affairs and has provided leadership for a variety of key initiatives such as the Costco Scholars Program and the LGBTQ Advisory Board. Prior to his role at Seattle University, he served as the Assistant Director of Student Life for Judicial Affairs at Creighton University  providing oversight for the Center for Student Integrity. Dean Goodwin possesses a student centered approach and believes that providing students with the opportunity to explore their own integrity and develop their thinking in ever more complex ways is paramount to a Jesuit education.

    Dean Goodwin obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Human Development and Theology from Boston College , a Masters degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont, a Masters degree in Transforming Spirituality from Seattle University  and is currently a doctoral candidate at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Dean Goodwin is also the pastor of a local radically inclusive church called, Liberation United Church of Christ.
    Tim Wilson, Ph.D.

    Tim Wilson, Ph.D.

    Assistant Vice President
    Dr. Tim Wilson is the Assistant Vice President for Student Development.  In this capacity, Dr. Wilson is primarily responsible for facilitating the division’s assessment efforts, managing the budget, and serving as a liaison to campus partners such as Human Resources and the Student Development Administration program.  In addition to his role in the Division of Student Development, Dr. Wilson has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Student Development Administration program.  Prior to becoming the Interim Assistant Vice President, Dr. Wilson served as Seattle University’s Director of Student Activities for more than six years.  Prior to joining SU, Dr. Wilson earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from The University of Vermont, and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from San Diego State University.
    Monica Nixon, Ed.D.

    Monica Nixon, Ed.D.

    Assistant Vice President
    Dr. Monica Nixon serves as Assistant Vice President for Student Development and Director of Multicultural Affairs.  In these roles, she helps to guide the division’s leadership of social justice and global engagement initiatives on campus and supports student learning and engagement in a variety of capacities.  Dr. Nixon joined Seattle University as Director of Multicultural Affairs in 2006, after serving as Director of the ALANA Cultural Center and Assistant Director in the Center for Leadership and Student Engagement at Colgate University; as Associate Director for Student Services at the University of Puget Sound; and as Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Assistant Director of Orientation and New Student Programs at the University of Virginia.  She has served in numerous leadership capacities in the American College Personnel Association and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

    Dr. Nixon received her Master of Education in Counselor Education in 1999 and Bachelor of Arts in English in 1995 from the University of Virginia.  In 2013 she earned a Doctor of Education degree at the University of Washington in the College of Education’s Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program, where her dissertation focused on the positionality and agency of women of color chief diversity officers in higher education institutions.  She co-authored a chapter in the 2012 book Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education.  Her research interests focus on agency of women of color in higher education leadership, integration of social justice initiatives into organizational structures, intersections of racial and sexual identity development, and the experiences of multiracial and Asian American/Pacific Islander college students.
    Ignatius F. Ohno, S.J.

    Ignatius F. Ohno, S.J.

    Assistant to the Vice President
    Ignatius Ohno, S.J., or Natch as he is known, serves as the Assistant to the Vice President for Student Development.  In this capacity, he supports the Vice President and departments within the division of Student Development.  A Jesuit of the Oregon Province, he is the Assistant Rector of the Arrupe Jesuit Community at Seattle University.  Natch received his DMin from Andover Newton Theological School  with a focus on world religions, MDiv from Weston School of Theology , PhL from Gonzaga University , and Bachelors in Business from the University of Washington .  He last taught at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry in 1998, and has a background as a teacher, administrator, and religious superior.  He also served in leadership roles in the spiritual formation of those entering the Jesuits as assistant to the novice director, in the Oregon Province curia, and in parish ministry. Natch directs retreats and offers spiritual direction in the Division of Mission and Ministry at Seattle University.  
    Jane Billbe

    Jane Billbe

    Administrative Coordinator
    Jane Billbe is the Administrative Coordinator to the to the Vice President for Student Development, Associate Vice President for Student Development, the Assistant Vice President for Student Development, the Assistant to the Vice President for Assessment and Operations, and the Dean of Students. Prior to joining Seattle University, she worked as a Registration Coordinator at CRG Events, where she helped coordinate and manage corporate event registration. Before CRG, she worked at EF International, in their Chicago and Santa Barbara schools, in both Administrative Coordinator and Housing Coordinator roles. Jane earned double Bachelor’s of Arts degrees in Environmental Studies and French at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also serves as a Washington State Dependency CASA. Jane is currently a Master's in Business Administration candidate at the Alber's School of Business at Seattle University.