Division of Student Affairs Leadership Team

Name
Position
  • Eric Arneson

    Eric Arneson Vice President of Student Affairs

    Eric ArnesonPosition:
    Vice President of Student Affairs

    Phone: (470) 578-6310
    Email: earneso1@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 4413


    As the Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA), Dr. Arneson provides leadership and direction for much of the co-curricular student experience at KSU.  He serves as the chief student advocate and expert on campus and provides direct counsel to President Whitten and other key leaders in championing student success.  Dr. Arneson will foster student engagement and success by oversight of divisional departments; Dean of Students, Cultural and Community Centers, Counseling and Psychological Services, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student-Athlete Support Services, Sports and Recreation, CARE Services, Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery, Military and Veteran Services, Parent and Family Programs, Student Leadership and Services, among other areas all dedicate to creating engaging, inclusive, and supportive communities for our students.

    Dr. Arneson joins KSU after serving as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.  He previously worked in high level Student Affairs positions at Florida International University, University of Miami, University of Illinois and others.  He has been very involved in professional associations in leadership positions and has facilitated workshops and trainings nationally on Student Affairs related topics such as leadership development, communication, creating inclusive communities, and navigating career progression.  He is recognized as an expert in Student Affairs and student engagement. 

    Dr. Arneson holds a doctorate in Higher Education from Florida International University, a Masters of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. 

  • Gloria Laureano Fuentes

    Gloria Laureano Fuentes Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

    Gloria LaureanoPosition:
    Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

    Phone: (470) 578-2739
    Email: glaurean@kennesaw.edu
    Location: A 230I


    Dr. Gloria Laureano is the Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Kennesaw State University.  Her areas of supervision responsibility include the following units: Marietta Student Affairs/Student Engagement; Strategic Planning, Assessment and Analysis; and Student Athlete Success Services. Her primary responsibilities include serving as the senior student affairs leader at the Marietta campus, divisional assessment, strategic planning, leading co-curricular student engagement data systems, department program review process, and supporting the Vice President with fundraising for the Division of Student Affairs.  She is the number 2 for the division of student affairs leadership.  Prior to joining KSU, Dr. Laureano served as the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students at Winston Salem State and as Assistant Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Services at the University of Central Florida.  She has over 20 years of experience in higher education, which includes experience in a student affairs division leadership team, academic, and student services administrator, academic department administrator, undergraduate and graduate (department) advisor, and recruiter. 

    She has served on various community boards in Florida and in Winston-Salem, NC.  She has served the national professional association for student affairs in higher education (NASPA) and is an alum of the inaugural class of the NASPA SERVE Academy.  She is committed to support the professional development of her team.   Dr. Laureano has been involved with NASPA Florida from 2011-2012, 2016-2018 as Chief of Staff/Secretary of NASPA Region III Board, and in 2018-2020 as Co-Chairperson of the Nominations and Awards Region III Board.  At the national level, Dr. Laureano serves on the NASPA AVP Steering Committee and will be serving as faculty for the NASPA New AVP Institute in 2021. 

    Dr. Laureano holds a BA degree in Spanish Secondary Education from Purdue University, a M.A. in Educational Leadership-Student Personnel Services, and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership-Higher Education Administration, both from the University of Central Florida.  She is a graduate of the Harvard Institute of Management and Leadership Program and the Winston-Salem Leadership Program.

  • Ronald Briggs

    Ronald Briggs Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

    Ronald BriggsPosition:
    Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

    Phone: (470) 578-2422
    Email: rbriggs6@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 4416


    Dr. Ronald Briggs, Jr. was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and recently lived in Phoenix, Arizona for 12 years. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from the University of Toledo and earned his doctoral degree in Higher Education from Arizona State University.In 2008, Dr. Briggs began his tenure at Arizona State University and has served in multiple roles including Executive Director of TRIO programs, Assistant Dean of Students, and Associate Dean of Students. Prior to joining Kennesaw State University, Dr. Briggs served at Arizona State University as the Sr. Director of Residential Life where he assisted students in their transition into college and beyond. Dr. Briggs has experience working in student development, organizational development, federal compliance, crisis intervention, and management.  Dr. Briggs also worked in residence life at Morehouse University, here in metro Atlanta.

    Dr. Briggs entered the field of higher education due to his passion in helping students find their purpose, passion, and achieve their personal and professional goals. His inspiration for serving others and working with students came from his student organization involvement as an undergraduate.  

    Because of his involvement as an undergraduate and graduate student, Dr. Briggs has had the pleasure to advise various student organizations for the over a decade. Dr. Briggs continues to live out his purpose in assisting students find their purpose and passion.

  • Cara Ray

    Cara Ray Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs

    Cara RayPosition:
    Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs

    Phone: (470) 578-6290
    Email: cray63@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 4415


    Dr. Cara Ray is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and currently works with Cultural and Community Centers, Military and Veteran Student Services, and Student Leadership and Service as well as serving on a number of committees.

    Prior to joining KSU in 2018, Dr. Ray spent almost 12 years at the University of North Georgia (formerly Gainesville State College), as the Director of Student Life and then as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students for the Gainesville and Cumming Campuses. During these years, she supervised staff and programs in Student Life, Counseling, Career Services, Disability Services, Orientation, Health Services, Multicultural Student Affairs, Student Money Management Center, Student Conduct, and Testing. Dr. Ray has also worked in student life at Georgia Tech and at North Carolina Wesleyan College.

    Dr. Ray earned her Ph. D. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia in 2009.  Her research focused on how academically underprepared college students utilized their social connections to navigate the academic and social transition to college. Dr. Ray also holds an M.A. Ed. In Higher Education and Student Affairs from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a B.A. in Political Science from Guilford College.

  • Teresa Johnston

    Teresa Johnston Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs

    Teresa JohnstonPosition:
    Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs

    Phone: (470) 578-2539
    Email: tjohnst8@kennesaw.edu
    Location: UV 6139B


    As the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs for Health and Well-Being Initiatives and Licensed Professional Counselor, Teresa Wren Johnston provides leadership and direction for the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery, Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Promotion and Wellness, Sports and Recreation, and Student Affairs Professional Development Council. Johnston holds a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University and is a certified paralegal.  

    Johnston joined KSU in 2007 as the founding director of the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery which has grown to include recovery support services, a thriving collegiate recovery program and community, alcohol and other drug education, and research in addiction and recovery science. She has been very involved in numerous professional organizations and has facilitated Health and Well-Being workshops and trainings nationally on topics including leadership development, fundraising, creating a social model of support in higher education, and ethics.

    With over twenty years of experience in corporate management, strategic planning, budgeting and change management, Johnston's role in the Division of Student Affairs' Senior Leadership Team provides a valuable perspective. Johnston continues to serve at KSU as a passionate advocate for student health and well-being.

  • Candace Hall

    Candace Hall Director of Fiscal Operations and Planning

    Candace HallPosition:
    Director of Fiscal Operations and Planning

    Phone: (470) 578-2263
    Email: chall189@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3436


    Candace Hall serves as the strategic and financial advisor for the Division of Student Affairs. She supervises the Central Business Team, created in 2019 to meet the distinct financial needs of Student Affairs by providing expertise with budget management, purchasing, contracts, and Human Resources.

    Candace has spent most of her career in higher education within financial management. Prior to joining the Division of Student Affairs in 2015, Candace worked at the University of Denver as the Fiscal Officer for the University Libraries. Candace served as the Business Manager for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kennesaw State University from 2001-2011. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stetson University.

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