When Chapman University's 2,200 students reported for the new academic year Monday, they were greeted by a new dean of students. Joseph Kertes, formerly associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts at USC, is now the arbiter of student life on the Chapman campus.
"Despite the fact that it's a small university compared with USC, it's a big job," Kertes said. "I'm just in the throes of discovering what it entails."
The position Kertes holds is a new one, created as part of campus administrative reforms.
"We want to create a seamless working environment between the social, academic and spiritual life of the student," said Cindy Dougherty, vice president for enrollment and student life.
Kertes now supervises facets of student life including activities, health service, housing, the campus ministry, career and life planning, academic support, community outreach programs and the student dining service.