- Keynote Speakers
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Frank Shushok,
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Virginia Tech
Frank Shushok, Jr., Ph.D. serves as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Virginia Tech. In addition to serving as deputy to the Vice President for Student Affairs, he provides leadership for five departments: Housing and Residence Life, Career Services, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Dining Services, and Student Conduct. In this capacity, Frank leads a staff of 2,500 full- and part-time employees and a budget of over $96 million. Frank also serves as co-chair for the Virginia Tech/Town of Blacksburg Town-Gown Committee with Deputy Town Manager Steve Ross.
Frank’s writing and research interests focus on student learning and engagement, positive psychology and its influence on student growth and development, honors programs, and reorganizing colleges and universities to ensure that every student belongs to a community of care consisting of faculty, staff, and students. Frank is a frequent contributor to higher education literature and has served on the editorial boards of both the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice and the Journal of College and University Student Housing, where he currently serves as associate editor. Frank’s recent articles can be found in About Campus, the Journal of College and Character, the Journal of Leadership Studies, the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, and the Journal for College and University Student Housing, among other scholarly venues.
Frank holds degrees from Baylor University, The Ohio State University, and the University of Maryland, College Park. In his over 20 year career in higher education, Frank has worked at a broad range of institutional types from three large research universities, a comprehensive state university and a private university. Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, Frank served as Dean for Student Learning and Engagement at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. As part of his role, Frank served a Graduate Program Director for Baylor’s Higher Education and Student Affairs Master’s Program.
Frank married his high school sweetheart who he began dating before he could drive. They now have three wild and crazy children who keep them humble. Frank loves college sports, running, fly fishing, reading, and funny stories.
Closing Speaker: Mr. Chuck Lamb
Director of Residence Life, Rochester Institute of Technology
Chuck Lamb, Director of Residence Life, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York has been in this role for 10 years although his career in student housing spans 40 years. He began as a Resident Director at Bowling Green State University, Ohio and then to Mansfield University in, Pennsylvania as Assistant Director of Residence Life. He then moved on to the Director of Residence Life position at the University of Southern Maine for 10 years, to the University of Vermont for 8 years as the Assistant Director for Financial Management and Operations, Binghamton University in New York for eight years as Director of University Housing and Residence Life, and then finally to the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Lamb has been a member of several professional associations including the Northeast Association of College and University Housing Officers (NEACUHO), American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I). He has been active in ACUHO-I (where he held numerous leadership positions including service as President in 1993-94) and NEACUHO (where he also held numerous leadership positions and served as President), his entire career. Lamb presents regularly at conferences, has served as a faculty member for the National Housing Training Institute and the Regional Entry Level Institute, has made numerous keynote speeches and has been called on numerous times to conduct external reviews of residence life programs.
Lamb has a bachelor of arts degree in history from SUC Geneseo and a Masters of Education degree in college student personnel from the University of Albany. He was inducted into the ACUHO-I Parthenon Society in 2008 and when not directing the lives of residents and/or assisting staff is in the gym, on his bike, downhill skiing or spending time with family including wife Susan and 2 sons. Lamb serves as a high school lacrosse official and has successfully completed a number of marathons including New York City.