Dr. Jerryl Briggs CSU welcomes the new vice president for Student Affairs
Two life-changing experiences happened for Jerryl Briggs this past summer. He defended his dissertation and was awarded a doctorate in educational policy, planning and leadership from The College of William and Mary. Then Dr. Briggs, his wife, Whitney, and their two younger children, 12-year old daughter Taylor and two-year old son Jerryl, Jr. (also called “Deuce”), moved to Xenia for Dr. Briggs to assume his position as vice president for Student Affairs at Central State University.
“President Garland has charged me with making Student Affairs an even more vibrant part of the campus community,” he says. “Connecting Student Affairs to the academic mission of this university will make students successful in and outside the classroom.”
Dr. Briggs, born in Chicago, but raised in New Orleans (and still a big Saints fan), brings over 20 years of professional experience in student affairs administration. Most recently, he served as interim vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, and prior to that as Dean of Students and Campus Life at the same institution.
Prior to his doctorate, Dr. Briggs earned a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University of Louisiana, a master’s degree from Louisiana Tech University and an educational specialist degree in higher education administration from The College of William and Mary.
“At Central State, there’s stability from senior leadership and a structure in place ready for continued growth. That really appealed to me,” he says.
“Plus I am a true HBCU advocate. The HBCU environment is extremely important to me; it’s been part of my life, my educational and professional life.”
Dr. Briggs met with some students his first day on CSU’s campus, and is continuing the process of getting to know the community. “I think it’s important for me to first understand the Central State way,” he says. “I’m extremely student centered. I believe the student’s voice is a powerful message on a college campus, to hear the good and the challenging.”
Because Mrs. Briggs was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, this move is an opportunity to be closer to family as well.
Dr. Briggs’ free time? “I’m trying to learn the game of golf, but running behind a two-year old gives me a lot of exercise, too,” he said laughingly.
Dr. Jerryl Briggs, Vice President for Student Affairs
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