Tamara L. Greenfield King has been named Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs in the Division of the Vice Provost for University Life. Ms. King comes to Penn from Washington University in St. Louis, where she serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Support and Wellness for undergraduate, graduate and professional students. She will start at Penn in January 2019.
Ms. King will supervise six departments: Career Services, Civic House, NROTC, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Office of Student Affairs and Platt Student Performing Arts House. She will report to the Vice Provost for University Life, Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum, and be a member of the division’s Central Resource Management Team.
“I am delighted to welcome Tamara King to Penn,” Dr. Cade said. “She brings a wealth of experience to this position and I know she will develop important and engaged relationships with our students, faculty, staff, families and alumni.”
“I am excited to join the Penn family and return to my home state,” Ms. King added. “After meeting with students during my interview process, I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with and support such intelligent and committed future thought leaders.”
At Washington University, Ms. King oversees the Habif Health and Wellness Center, which provides medical, mental and pharmaceutical services as well as outreach and prevention programming; the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center; and the WashUCares and Students of Concern Team. She also directs services to first-generation and low-income students, addressing needs related to food, shelter and health insurance.
Ms. King has spent almost two decades at Washington University, previously serving as Associate Dean of Students, Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Director of Student Conduct.
She was National President of the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA).
Ms. King teaches Civil Pretrial Practice & Procedure at Washington University’s St. Louis School of Law. She also serves as an academic and pre-law advisor for undergraduates.
Prior to transitioning to higher education, Ms. King served as the first African American Assistant District Attorney in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. She grew up in Pennsylvania and earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, majoring in political science and minoring in sociology and Black diaspora studies. She received her law degree from New York University.