The Office of Student Affairs & Outreach employs a group of hard-working educators eager to meet our diverse student body’s needs. Staff work closely with campus administrators, faculty, and — most importantly — students themselves in supporting the campus learning environment.
The door of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Outreach is always open to students, parents, and families.
Dr. Chris Meiers joined Washington State University Tri-Cities on February 1, 2014. As the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Meiers provides visionary leadership and strategic direction to our comprehensive services and programs for enrollment management and student affairs, including recruitment, retention, financial aid, registration, career services, counseling services, and student involvement. Dr. Meiers also teaches undergraduate statistics courses at the Tri-Cities campus.
Dr. Meiers has more than 20 years of experience working in higher education and is a passionate educator, leader, mentor, and student advocate. His administrative roles have included more than 10 years at the University of Kansas Medical Center where he served in many capacities working his way up to the associate vice chancellor and clinical assistant professor level. He also has had administrative roles at Fort Hays State University (Kansas) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of Kansas. Dr. Meiers received his Master of Science in Educational Administration and his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry at Fort Hays State University.
Dr. Meiers has served as an advocate for policies, practices, and programs that enhance the student experience, foster student learning and development, and encourage student involvement. Known as a national expert on student information systems, enrollment technologies, and quantitatively measuring student outcomes, Dr. Meiers has presented nationally and received a number of awards. Dr. Meiers has also had national/regional leadership positions among the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Association of American Medical Colleges, and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
His wife Mysti also is a higher educator administrator and his son is currently attending college.
The Student Affairs Staff administer programs through an integrated approach that connects the following departments:
The Office of Student Affairs has formulated a strategic map with an emphasis on enhancing student success, student learning and the overall quality of campus- life for students. The Strategic Map is the product of many hours of intentional, thoughtful work and involvement by Student Affairs professionals, faculty, university staff and students. It provides a “road map” for our continued development as a Division and is the culmination of our collective commitment to fostering dynamic student engagement, research experiences, and community engagement.
The development of this strategic map coincides with the appointment of new leadership within Student Affairs and is one that is embedded in the Chancellor’s 8 design principles for a 21st century, with particular attention to: