About the VP

About the Vice President

Kurt J. Keppler, Ph.D.

Dr. Kurt J. Keppler serves as Vice President for Student Affairs at Louisiana State University and leads a division with departments including:

  • Center for Academic Success (Learning Strategies, Supplemental Instruction, Tutoring)
  • First Year Experience (Orientation, Parent & Family Programs, Transfer Student Programs, Veteran & Military Student Programs)
  • Office of the Dean of Students (Campus Life, Disability Services, Greek Life, Student Advocacy & Accountability, Student Government)
  • Olinde Career Center (Employment Services, Student Services)
  • Residential Life (On-Campus Halls and Apartments, Conference Housing, Residential Colleges Program)
  • Student Health Center (Medical Clinic, Mental Health Services, Wellness & Health Promotion)
  • University Recreation (Adventure and Experiential Education, Fitness and Wellness, Intramurals, Sport and Camp Programs)

Prior to his appointment at LSU in 2010, Keppler was Vice President for Student Affairs at Valdosta State University, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at Georgia State University, Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Assistant Director of Student Development at the University of Missouri. He held adjunct teaching positions at each institution and has taught leadership seminars and courses in group dynamics, organizational behavior, and leadership theory.

kurt tallKeppler holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (B.S.) and the University of Missouri (M.S., Ph.D.). He was the 2005-06 President of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and was named a NASPA “Pillar of the Profession” in 2007. He has been active in the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Student Affairs Council and the Urban 20+ Senior Student Affairs Group and data exchange. He completed NASPA’s Richard F. Stevens Institute and its Academy for Leadership and Executive Effectiveness, as well as Harvard’s Management Development Program.

Keppler has made more than 150 presentations at state, regional and national conferences and has consulted on more than 30 college campuses. He co-edited NASPA’s monograph, Partnering with Parents of Today’s College Students (Keppler, Mullendore & Carey, 2005).


Kurt J. Keppler, Ph.D.
Vice President
LSU Division of Student Affairs
146 Thomas Boyd Hall